Category Archives: Italy

The Paper Moon, by Andrea Camilleri

  The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) As The Paper Moon opens, Salvo Montalbano, a fifty-something police Inspector in the fictional town of Vigata, Sicily, is summoned to see a distraught woman, Michaela Pardo, whose brother Angelo has unaccountably disappeared. … Continue reading

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The girl of his dreams, by Donna Leon

The Girl of His Dreams Donna Leon is back on top form in her latest Commissario Brunetti novel set in Venice, THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS. The main appeal, for me, is the beautiful sense of place and way of … Continue reading

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The scent of the night, by Andrea Camilleri

The Scent of the Night (Montalbano 6) The case under investigation by Inspector Salvo Montalbano in his sixth outing, THE SCENT OF THE NIGHT, is that of a financial advisor who has disappeared with vast quantities of everyone's money. Tempers … Continue reading

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Reasonable Doubts, by Gianrico Carofiglio

Reasonable Doubts The third outing for defence lawyer Guido Guerrieri is, if possible, even better than the previous two. At the start, Guido decides he loves his girlfriend Margherita and wants to have a child with her – though of … Continue reading

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Suffer the Little Children, by Donna Leon

Suffer the Little Children This latest outing for Commissario Guido Brunetti concerns themes of population: immigrants into Western Europe, both adults and babies – and the very different attitudes of society to them. Events unfold when Brunetti is woken in … Continue reading

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Excursion to Tindari, by Andrea Camilleri

Excursion to Tindari What more perfect place to read this wonderful outing for Inspector Montalbano than under the Sicilian sun? I could not quite manage that, but reading this book in the hills above Sorrento in southern Italy did not … Continue reading

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Voice of the Violin, by Andrea Camilleri

Voice of the Violin (Montalbano 4) Chronologically the fourth outing for Inspector Salvo Montalbano and his Sicilian team of detectives, THE VOICE OF THE VIOLIN is a perfect example of all that is good about this series. The plot is … Continue reading

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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri

The Snack Thief On a recent trip to Italy, what better book to take with me for the journey than an instalment of Camilleri's sublime series of Sicilian crime stories? THE SNACK THIEF did not disappoint. Inspector Salvo Montalbano is … Continue reading

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The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri

The Terracotta Dog Despite my best intentions, I have managed to read the first few books in this wonderful Sicilian police series in the wrong order. No matter (though the publishers could have helped by noting the order). In THE … Continue reading

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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water This wonderful book was first published in 1994, but is as fresh today as it was the year it was written. The plot is simple: a man's body is discovered in a car in what is … Continue reading

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