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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447245199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447245193
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Montalbano's colleagues, chance encounters, Sicilian mores, even the contents of his fridge are described with the wit and gusto that make this narrator the best company in crime fiction today (Guardian)

The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humour, and the sense of despair that fill the air of Sicily. To read him is to be taken to that glorious, tortured island (Donna Leon)

For total relaxation, I've just discovered Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries (Andrew Marr)

A magnificent series of novels (Sunday Times)

Wonderful Italian detective stories (Guardian)

For sunny views, explosive characters and a snappy plot constructed with great farcical ingenuity, the writer you want is Andrea Camilleri (New York Times)

Sly and witty . . . Montalbano must pick his way though a labyrinth of corruption, false clues, vendettas - and delicious meals. The result is funny and intriguing with a fluent translation by New York poet Stephen Sartarelli (Observer)

One of fiction's greatest detectives and Camilleri is one of Europe's greatest crime writers (Mirror)

The seal of the best foreign crime writing is as much the stylish prose as the unfamiliar settings. When both ingredients are presented with the expertise shown by Andrea Camilleri, the result is immensely satisfying (Independent)

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Books one, two and three in the Inspector Montalbano crime series - now a major BBC4 TV series

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Very enjoyable, at times funny books good to read on dark winter nights. - Montalbano is a humane, grouchy and funny man (with a touch of Columbo); as are his men. Plus, the books give a good 'flavour' of Sicilians and their land. I also appreciated the explanations of Italian sphrases at the end of the books. I'll certainly read some more of this series, if not all.
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A right royal romp through Montalbano land. The descriptions of people, emotions, food, scenery, buildings and even animals, are exquisite. The TV series follows the books almost to the letter and reading the book after having seen the TV version or vice-versa actually adds to the experience. Unlike some of the single book editions, this one has been proof read and it's excellent value. The only downside is that I keep on reading long after I should be asleep and do a fair impression of Salvo at his most miserable the following day.
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I love these books because they are so different. If you read detective/crime stories regularly as I do then you are in for a treat but only if you keep an open mind. These stories are not hard core, deep delving pyschological killer thrillers. There is murder, mystery and crime solving but in a totally roundabout way. There is a lightness to the structure - perhaps due to translation - and the events sometimes jump about which for me added to their 'charm'. There are many mafia killings which just seem to be part and parcel of the everyday Scilian policeman's life, with evidence, forensics and everything else associated with the crime being dealt with in a very offhand way by Inspector Montalbano and his team. Do not despair at their methods and apparent disregard for procedure. Try not to compare with other crime stories, simply enjoy the journey to the final satisfying conclusion.
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I loved all the Montalbano episodes on BBC4, which led me to start reading some of the books I already had. Pleased to report the films are faithful to the books, which is often not the case. Like Donna Leon's hero, Montalbano also considers food of the highest importance - so there are many descriptions of mouth-watering dishes. Camilleri seems to have written much more than is presently translated into English, though; & my Italian's not good enough to read in the original. I bought this for a friend who's been to Sicily. I keep being told I must visit...
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After enjoying the T.V series and feeling warmed and charmed by the places an characters, I am overwhelmed and fascinated by the people and culture of Sicily.
Not only do the books touch me with the heat and wind of the country but also make me hungry for the place (literally).
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The first three Montalbano novels rolled into one book. You follow the food-loving Sicilian sleuth through some typically complex cases as he battles against the bureaucracy and corruption of the Italian state.

Cleverly plotted as always and with lovingly drawn locations. If you're familiar with the TV adaptation of Montalbano you'll recognise all of these. That doesn't detract from the stories though as there's a good deal of nuance and humour in the books that doesn't always come across on TV.
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Love these stories after watching series on BBC.
Book really thick, would have preferred them separate, but not really a big problem.
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I read these books keen to find out why this detective is so popular. I didn't like the TV dramas, and it turns out that I don't like the books either. The stories are quite good, not full of police procedure, with interesting crimes and with a dash of humour these should be right up my street. But unfortunately I can't get past my dislike of the main character - others may find a likable maverick here, but I see someone who is rude, selfish and dismissive of others. So, sorry to go against the general feeling - I read almost anything I can get my hands on but Inspector Montalbano is not for me.
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