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Andrea Camilleri's writing and Stephen Sartarelli's translation provided thoughtful yet surprisingly human characters in fascinating situations. I was left with a good problem - find and watch the episodes based on these novels and watch them again as soon as possible. Moreover, I have to read the rest of Camilleri's Montalbano novels. Another fun thing about reading and watching Montalbano was our tour of Sicily just before the book arrived.
We were able to visit the village where the series is filmed so my imagination was helped with actual images of a beautiful island populated with wonderful people. September 28, - Published on Amazon.
The cranky but life-loving Inspector Montalbano grows on you within these first three novels. I think all detective series should have a starter collection like this! At first I thought I wouldn't care for these books, as sometimes the humor is quite earthy and coarse. The other saving grace of this character is his love of food, and this makes me want to visit Sicily to see for myself!
Luckily what coarseness there is doesn't overwhelm the story or the character development, and is in keeping with the depiction of Sicily and its robust people.
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I feel this series character already outshines the characterization of a certain Swedish detective in another series by great degrees -- and now I find there are many more books to be read, which makes me quite happy! As for the poor, blind reader who found the books hard to read, I sympathize but being near-sighted I still found I could hold the book in one hand in the bathtub while shampooing my head with the other and could still make it out at half-arm's length, so it passes my readability and durability test!
If you love detective series with an interesting character and believable plots, this is a good one to try out via this collection. July 11, - Published on Amazon. Having just completed my third reread of the entire canon of the fictional detective from Montenegro, I felt it would be amusing to investigate the fictional detective Montalbano. I only heard of these books through a magazine article at the doctor's office!
Anyway, before reading them I did not know whether they were originally written in English or in Italian.
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I found the first book to be awfully heavy, and it had that somewhat clumsy "obviously translated from a foreign language" feel. But I liked the characterizations, even though most of the cultural references flew right over my head, and kept reading, and by the end of the third book I was thoroughly charmed and immediately bought the next three. They still do have that slightly clumsy feel, and most of the cultural references still do escape me, but these are not always particularly a problem.
In any case the appendix notes help to explain some of it. I am particularly fond of Catarella, who is such a dope! I'll keep buying them and reading them.
August 10, - Published on Amazon. Set in Sicily, Camilleri's novels present a new twist in the murder mystery genre. His main character, Inspector Salvatore Montalbano, is shrewd, unpredictable, exacting and impossible to please, but appreciates a well-prepared meal.
The more you read, the more interesting the characters become, as Camilleri continues to develop them as the series unfolds.
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This combination of first three novels is perfect to curl up with on a rainy day. February 2, - Published on Amazon. Camilleri is a wonderful writer! The books are terrifically entertaining, often funny, and usually have a twist that keeps you interested until the end. Bonuses are the wonderful descriptions of Sicily's terrain and food.
I order the next in the series as soon as I finish one, can't wait to see what Salvo Montalbano will get up to next. When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn whom she is trying to kill and why Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life, an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides and a crime so dark there's only one person the inspector can call for help.
A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago.
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch: strangled, mutilated and a long time dead.
And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City, and the local media are baying for blood. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die.
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