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The Other End of the Line (2016)

by Andrea Camilleri

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"The new novel in the irresistible New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series. A wave of refugees has arrived on the Sicilian coast, and Inspector Montalbano and his team have been stationed at port, alongside countless volunteers, to receive and assist the newcomers. Meanwhile, Livia has promised their presence at a friend's wedding, and the inspector, agreeing to get a new suit tailored, meets the charming master seamstress Elena Biasini. But while on duty at the dock one late night, tragedy strikes, and Elena is found gruesomely murdered. Between managing the growing crowds at the landing, Montalbano delves into the world of garments, in the company of an orphaned cat, where he works to weave together the loose threads of the unsolved crimes and close the case"--… (more)
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[book:L'altro capo del filo|30231883] (2016)

I recently did a crash course of Andrea Camilleri's (1925-2019) Montabano when I read Montalbano's First Case, and Other Stories (2016) which gives you a career spanning overview of the Vigata, Sicily detective and his regular police associates and friends. That acclimatized me to now dip into the series at its tail end with this current book, the 24th of the novels to be available in English with only 3 more yet to be translated and published from 2020 to 2022.

The Other End of the Line is a solid Montalbano with all of the touchstones of the series, the cranky detective, the on & off love spats with girlfriend Livia, the comic relief of hapless desk policeman Catarelli, the tug of wills with assistants Mimi & Fazio, and most of all the crime that is solved but not always to everyone's satisfaction. The main case is the murder of a clothing designer but with the Vigata police also being constantly called upon during evening landings of refugee boats from across the Mediterranean adding further stress to their resources. Catarelli tries to manage with an orphaned cat during the proceedings, not always to the feline's satisfaction.

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The Other End of the Line was filmed as Series 13 Episode 1 (2019) of the ongoing Italian TV series Il Commissario Montalbano. A clip from the episode can be seen here, where Catarelli bursts into Montalbano's office with some of his usual comedic dramatics. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 2, 2019 |
When a beautiful seamstress is murdered, stabbed to death with her own scissors, Inspector Montalbano needs all his resources to solve the case as the more he learns about the woman, the more suspects he has to investigate. In the meantime, the migrant crisis plaguing Europe is being felt in Sicily too, as desperate people chance ocean crossings in very unreliable boats, and Montalbano’s second-in-command Mimi, is put in charge of sorting out the survivors who manage to make it to dry land. Certainly Montalbano has more than enough on his plate this time around…. I believe this is the penultimate Montalbano novel; Mr. Camilleri died earlier in 2019 and my understanding is that there’s one more book to come. I read them in Stephen Sartarelli’s excellent translation, and as with the other 20+ books in the series, “The Other End of the Line” is just a joy to read. All our favourite characters are there, the relationships between them all continue to be complex and real, and the plots are deeply contemporary and fairly clued. I suppose one could dive into this series from any of the books, but reading them in order is better still; the important thing is that the reader gets to meet these terrific characters, however that comes about - recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Oct 15, 2019 |
Sadly, the last in the series... I'm totally going to miss Salvo Montalbano & his men.

Salvo is coerced by Livia, his girlfriend, to visit Elena the tailor in order to purchase a new suit for a renewal of vows ceremony.

In between working with the almost nightly influx of refugees and dealing with Livia, Elena is found stabbed to death in her shop, with only a small scrap of material as a clue.

I appreciate the humor & the procedural aspects of the story as well as the mouth-watering descriptions of Montalbano's meals! ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Sep 19, 2019 |
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