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The Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri
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The Voice of the Violin (1997)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Series: Commissario Montalbano (4)

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First, my compliments to Stephen Sartarelli on his translation and notes compiled for the reader to understand every nuance of Camilleri's written word.
Some say that the pace of the book is slow, but, I enjoyed this differing flavor on a detective novel. Camilleri is able to immerse us in the world of Inspector Montalbano: his love and enjoyment of mediterranean food coupled with a detailed description of the sea and the warm and rocky Sicilian geography. With a mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path. This is a"delicious" discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Mar 25, 2016 |
Another excellent mystery novel about Inspector Montalbano, involving several beautiful women, sex and violence, robbery and corruption in the Italian police! ( )
  PaulAllard | Dec 9, 2015 |
Perfectly reasonable bit of crime fiction, not especially noteworthy. The translation is sometimes clumsy, particularly when trying to depict Sicilian dialect. The things about this series that raise it above mediocre are the lead character's kneejerk desire to dodge the case or pass it on to someone else, and the delightful but incongruous food descriptions. ( )
  adzebill | Oct 3, 2015 |
In addition to a very good 'whodunit', I love all the food references in these Inspector Montelbano books. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 2, 2015 |
2008, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Grover Gardner

Book Description: from Amazon.com:
Montalbano’s gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim’s friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

My Review:
There’s no shortage of quirk in this third Montalbano installment. First, it is during an unauthorized break-in that our veritable detective discovers the victim’s body. Second, as Montalbano himself later admits, the case is a mess from the start, what with one case after another of mistaken identity: an innocent man for a murderer, a shoe for a weapon, one violin for another. Some things, however, haven’t changed: most notably, Montalbano finds himself in trouble with superiors. Alongside the crime story, challenges strike Salvo and Livia as regards Francois; he is tender and emotional when confronted with his lover’s heartbreak over the little boy. His compassion did not surprise me, but I think his tenderness did. And Camilleri discloses yet more of our main man’s character: Montalbano is a traditionalist, finding the idea of the victim’s open marriage deplorable.

Thoroughly enjoyed The Voice of the Violin and am preparing for my Excursion to Tindari with my new favourite detective. Continued kudos to Grover Gardner who excels at narrating the series. ( )
2 vote lit_chick | Jan 17, 2015 |
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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 one of the stronger, leaner ones...Salvo's gradual uncovering of the true story leading to the crime is logically satisfying, as well as introducing a rewarding set of characters among the witnesses and suspects.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avila Melo, Joana Angelica d'Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
千種, 堅Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bechtolsheim, Christiane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gracin, JurajTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krone, PattyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikołajewski, JarosławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004456, Paperback)

Inspector Montalbano, praised as “a delightful creation” (USA Today), has been compared to the legendary detectives of Georges Simenon, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. As the fourth mystery in the internationally bestselling series opens, Montalbano’s gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim’s friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

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Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.… (more)

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