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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447249151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447249153
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea Camilleri is one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. He lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator. He is also the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Open Vault. He lives in France.

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The irresistible bestselling mystery featuring Inspector Montalbano

From the Inside Flap

After sitting in the car on the hill for about ten minutes, Montalbano realized this was a big mistake. Because he didn't think at all about the investigation, the burglars, or Mr Z. He thought about Angelica . . .

What had he done?

When members of Vigàta's elite are targeted in a series of perfectly executed burglaries, Inspector Montalbano reluctantly takes the case. It soon becomes clear, however, that more links these privileged few than simply their lost possessions . . .

It isn't long too before Montalbano finds himself taken with one of the victims, the captivatingly beautiful, young Angelica. But as the detective's attraction grows - until he can think of little else - a series of strange, anonymous letters claiming responsibility for the thefts begin to arrive. . .

With the allure of Angelica beginning to consume him, and his relationship with Livia under threat, Montalbano must focus his mind to solve this perplexing investigation before events spiral out of all control.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Angelica’s Smile – Sunny Montalabano Mystery

I have an admission I love Inspector Montalabano since I first saw the subtitled Italian series, to reading the books, while the bad guys get caught you are able to salivate at the meals and laugh with and at Montalabano. Like many Brits I discovered the joys of Andrea Camilleri’s prose from those television episodes. The difference between the small screen and his books is the richness in the prose, the imagery of the beauty of Sicily oh and the food. Is it just me that likes to eat like Montalabano, the only thing the book does not have is the smells as it has everything else.

Angelica’s smile is the seventeenth book in the Montalabano series and it is another brilliant book for the reader to enjoy. We are treated to Montalabano at his best; contemptuous of his colleagues and Italian bureaucracy and plagued by bumbling Catarella, but dogged and determined to investigate the crimes while falling in lust with the beautiful Angelica Cosulich a victim of one of the crimes.

Montalabano is awoken by Catarella’s phone call to tell him there has been another ‘buggery’; once he has worked out it means burglary he tries to pass it off to his colleagues who are otherwise engaged. Under duress he gets up and goes to the crime scene to one of Vigata’s elite members of society. He finds that their other house as well as their Vigata house has been burgled and a list of expensive objects has been taken. One of the victims Angelica Cosulich is a beautiful woman who manages to dazzle Montalabano and make him feel young once again.

During the course of the investigation Montalabano is sure there is a connection between all the members of the elite that are being broken in to but he cannot see the link.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have read many of the books in this series and enjoyed this one greatly - I certainly found it up to the usual high standard with plenty to enjoy about it. Inspector Montelbano is up to his usual form here as a quirky, temperamental detective, a man in his late fifties who experiences many complications in his personal life, while battling to unpick a very complex mystery around a series of complex burglaries.

This time, our Inspector reveals the frailties of his love life. The first burglary victim is Angelica, a woman of considerable beauty and charm and Montelbano finds himself falling under her spell. Montelbano realises that she looked exactly like a figure from classical Italian writing (Ariosto’s Orlando's Furioso) who he had pined for at age 16. His adolescent dreams return to him with great power and he is surprised to find that Angelica shows as much interest in the romance of the situation as he does. But can this attachment possibly help his investigation of the case? Montelbano has to make some difficult decisions.

The book is full of the usual Sicilian style - quirky characters, descriptions of wonderful meals, locations to die for. To read Camilleri is to be transported to the sunny Mediterranean, and to be swept up in a typical Italian form of detective work reliant on trickery, subterfuge and family connections. The usual cast of characters appears in the novel but first time readers will not find themselves missing out on background as the story is definitely stand-alone and as fresh as the sea urchin risotto served in Enzio's restaurant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RIC on 6 Oct. 2014
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You can't go wrong with Andrea Camilleri stories - as the author approaches the age of 90, his books seem to become even more ingenious. Of course, it is wonderful to watch the Italian TV film versions of the books on BBC 4, so superbly portrayed by Luca Zingaretti as Montalbano. Even the author is purported to have said that the Italian TV series is better than the books themselves. But I think he is being modestly ironic.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Inspector Montalbano lets another body part overrule his head (again), as he meets a ravishing blonde playgirl involved in a case of serial burglaries in Vigata. The crimes are too well planned and executed to be carried out by local talent, so it's clear that someone is importing expert criminals from the big city. One of the victims is the aforementioned young blonde who comes on to Montalbano almost at the exact moment that regular girlfriend Livia has to return to Liguria to protect her job. The Inspector is quickly hooked and acts to protect the blonde victim from possible exposure of her frequent liaisons with pay-as-you-go hunks. As the story progresses, there will be many stops at the local restaurant for some great meals, walks on the quay to air out the brain cells, and some hilarious interventions by good old Cattarella, the desk official who never gets anything message right but somehow provides the missing clues for a lot of mysteries.

"Angelica's Smile" doesn't blaze any new trails in the Montalbano series, but it is comfortable and entertaining.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K Knights on 23 Jun. 2014
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Has the master gone off the boil? On the evidence of this offering, yes indeed. An implausible plot, unconvincing characters and more than a touch of leaden linkages kept the experience of reading this book gacially enervating. I gave two stars out of nothing but loyalty.
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