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Andrea Camilleri Montalbano Collection 10 Books Set (August Heat,The Paper Moon,The Voice of the Violin,The Scent of the Night,Excursion to Tindari,The Patience of the Spider,Rounding the Mark, The Shape of Water, The Terracotta Dog, The Snack Thief) [Paperback]

Andrea Camilleri
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Andrea Camilleri Montalbano Collection 10 Books Set (August Heat,The Paper Moon,The Voice of the Violin,The Scent of the Night,Excursion to Tindari,The Patience of the Spider,Rounding the Mark, The Shape of Water, The Terracotta Dog, The Snack Thief) + Track of Sand (Montalbano 12) + The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
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  • Paperback: 3350 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VRBKQM
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 18.4 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Camilleri is in top form in his Inspector Montalbano mystery, set in a seaside villa that seems to be under a biblical curse . . . As always, Camilleri lovingly portrays Montalbano's dry wit, gourmet appetite and distaste for corrupt Italian politics. His Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and translated into nine languages. Title Inclued in this Set are : 1. August Heat (Montalbano 10) 2. The Paper Moon (Montalbano 9) 3. The Voice of the Violin (Montalbano 4) 4. The Scent of the Night (Montalbano 6) 5. Excursion to Tindari (Montalbano 5) 6. The Patience of the Spider (Montalbano 8) 7. Rounding the Mark (Montalbano 7) 8. The Shape of Water 9. The Terracotta Dog 10. The Snack Thief

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turning perfected 30 April 2012
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Spurred on by the BBC films, I just had to read the books. This set of ten books is ideal. Having checked on the publishing dates, I was very much able to read them in chronological order. Nothing stands still, people marry, babies are born and characters reappear. Commissario Montelbano ages, but remains the same character; upsetting his superiors, refusing promotion, avoiding telephone calls, eating or rather devouring food and fighting with Livia....Oh yes, and solving crimes

Montelbano's detective technique reminds me of Dirk Gently, the Holistic Detective of Douglas Adams. Seeming completely unrelated events appear to create the warp and the weft of Camilleri's stories.

As always, there is so much more happening in the books than in the films. I found it difficult not to read a whole book at one sitting and eventually rationed myself to half a book a day. This is amazing for me, as I have not managed to get through a whole book over the last seven years. I will, however be re-reading the whole series again.

This series of books is light entertainment and not a mind bending exercise. I apologise if you consider that my calling Murder etc as light entertainment offensive, but I have to ask why you would read detective fiction if you did not expect a corpse or two. Agatha Christie filled her books with murder after murder, Shakespeare managed to fill his stages with dead bodies. Inspector Montelbano is really quite satisfied with one murder at a time.

You cannot escape the foul language, but I do suspect that it has been toned down by the translator from the original Sicilian oaths.

Perhaps not the most most encouraging reason for reading these books, but I was recommended to read them by my counsellor when I was getting out of a depression. Now, I have met a new friend who speaks Italian and next week, I am going to Italy for a holiday. Perhaps I really have been affected by Andrea Camilleri's books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the TV series! 30 Jan 2013
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The Montalbano books are a joy and dangerously addictive. Anyone who has watched the TV series will appreciate Camilleri's wonderful, gruff, charming and totlaly sympatico detectvie, with a penchant for beautful women and great Sicilian food (and there is a lot ofboth in the books). The characters are developed in greater depth than the TV series can reach, but the plots are rivetting and the pace never slackens. The humour is ever present and I'm afraid I disturbed several fellow passengers on the train recently by laughing uproariously more than I meant to. Camilleri is in is mid-80s now. Let's hope he has an exceptionally long and healthy llife and writes lots more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pride of Italy 29 Dec 2013
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I loved the TV productions, they gave a real feel for Sicilian culture. This set of books delivers all the main stories in full detail. There is much more detail of feelings and facts than in the TV productions. Delivered as a set gave a economical package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant purchase! 2 Aug 2014
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What a great set. I had enjoyed the Inspector Montalbano TV series and the books enhance the experience. Coincidentally I was reading "The Terracotta Dog" as the episode appeared on the TV. The programme was very loyal to the book and conveys absolutely the same emotions, excitement, predicaments and quirkiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value read! 14 Aug 2014
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Really really good value if you want the set. There was a mix up and some were missing but after contacting the seller the mistake was quickly rectified. There is a list online so you can sort them in the right order. A lovely taste of Sicily with humour and great food descriptions. An excellent purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for new Montalbano fans 9 July 2014
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Excellent value for fans of the tv series who are just discovering the original novels, the 1st 10 Montalbano cases, makes great holiday reading too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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A grat value Buy and a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Pleasure 5 Jun 2014
Brialliant far better in print than on TV will always reamain to hand in my library will noe save for the hard bnck editions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good books, Fast Delivery and excellent price, Supplier and product Highly recommended!
Published 18 days ago by martin simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to read after seeing the films on TV
Excellent if you read and try thinking with an Italian accent !
Excellent holiday reads or time wasters !
Published 1 month ago by Herrless
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like crime writing - I love Montalbano.
Published 1 month ago by J. Nenova
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must buy for fans of Montalbano
Published 1 month ago by Mr A C Spiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my dad for his birthday - he ...
Bought this for my dad for his birthday - he enjoys the TV episodes. He loves this box set and raves about it!
Published 2 months ago by Katherine Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. very pleased with
excellent .very pleased with purchase
Published 2 months ago by barbara slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved them (with additional info on Italian eating) and was ...
Have just finished the 10!! Loved them (with additional info on Italian eating) and was most
impressed by how close the television series is to the storylines. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DotDot
5.0 out of 5 stars This multi pack was excellent value.
Most enjoyable, light hearted reads, full of humour. Keep you guessing right to the end too. This multi pack was excellent value.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
What a bargain - 10 of these books for about £10. I love Insp Montalbano stories, they are just so good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good value bulk purchase
Published 2 months ago by Ian T Russell
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