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The Age of Doubt (Commissario Montalbano #14)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,025 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Potter's Field,winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize

With their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's hugely popular Sicilian crime novels continue to win more and more fans in America. The day after a storm, Inspector Montalb
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 2008)
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Nancy Oakes
Absolutely loved it; but then again, I'm a HUGE fan of the series.

As with many of the recent books in the series, Age of Doubt begins with a dream -- in this one, Montalbano walks into the station to let Catarella know he'll be away on a surprise trip to visit Livia in Bocadesse. Catarella responds that Salvo can't go to Bocadesse because he died the day before. He's also told he can't investigate the case because "he's too personally involved." Even worse, Livia's not sure she can make it to t
“The Age of Doubt,” which is #14 in the Inspector Montalbano series, is one of the best. Andrea Camilleri does a masterful job employing his characteristic story-telling techniques.

The just-released translation by Stephen Santarelli inspired Tom Nolan to publish a wonderful review of the Montalbano series in the Wall Street Journal: “Sicily’s Most Exquisitely Tormented Detective,” June 15, 2012, Nolan highlights one particular literary technique that cr
Ann Sloan
Jul 31, 2013 Ann Sloan rated it it was amazing
Inspector Salvo Montalbano loves food, particularly pasta and seafood, and living in Sicily, he doesn’t have to go far to find it. Plus, his housekeeper Adelina is an excellent cook. I always feel like I have gained ten pounds when I read one of the books in this series. I was lucky enough to have visited Florence and Siena and loved the pizza and gelato, but now I want to visit Sicily and eat mussels, sole, shrimp, sea urchins, clams, calamari, olives, anchovies, cheeses, and breads, the pastas ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C

Just OK. I thought I'd try this when I saw it on the library shelf because some of my GR friends seem to love this author. Maybe its because I don't have any investment in the main characters but I found it a bit boring. I felt empathy for the main character but not as a romantic hero, more of a deluded middle aged man with a slightly wonky romance radar. The mystery was pretty good but took too long to unfold for my taste.
Sebbene sia un’estimatrice di Camilleri (e non solo del Camilleri di “Montalbano”), questo romanzo mi ha lasciata un po’ perplessa e, sinceramente, non lo trovo molto riuscito. Condivido molte delle critiche che gli sono state mosse da altri utenti di aNobii.

Ad esempio, concordo con Jestercap sul fatto che l’uso del dialetto siciliano sia decisamente aumentato e che questo non giochi a favore delle fluidità espressiva. Se, all’inizio, il mix tra italiano e siciliano era ben calibrato, ora lo sbi
Jul 26, 2012 Felicity rated it it was ok
I found Andrea Camilleri's latest installment in the Inspector Montalbano series Camilleri's most disappointing. The unconsumated affair with Laura (and its tragic ending) was never quite convincing; the love affair between the two characters seemed the raison d'etre of the novel rather than the mystery surrounding blood diamonds that lurked in the background; blood diamonds as a plot device are kind of passe (surely?); and even the descriptions of Montalbano's usual repasts did little to lighte ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Who could not love Camilleri's books!

#14 Inspector Montalbano series - Police Procedural

Any Inspector Montalbano book, set in the fictional town of Vigata, Italy, is always an enjoyable read. This one is exceptionally engrossing and intriguing.

Montalbano encounters a strange, bedraggled woman after a storm floods Vigata, who expresses interest in a yacht scheduled to dock that day. The yacht arrives, seeking shelter from the storm at sea, the crew reporting a dinghy in the port with a body inside.

The coroner says the man in the di
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Noi assidui lettori di Camilleri/Montalbano siamo ben consapevoli che in ogni suo romanzo la vicenda poliziesca non riveste importanza maggiore rispetto al minuzioso quadro d'ambiente che si dipana intorno agli avvenimenti: da una parte i nuovi caratteri e le nuove location che caratterizzano ogni episodio, dall'altra l'evolversi (o il confermarsi) dei personaggi che abitano stabilmente queste storie, primo fra tutti ovviamente Salvo Montalbano, i componenti del commissariato di Vigata e poi tut ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By this point in the series I just love the characters, so I could read about their summer vacations at the beach and it would be entertaining. Especially Catarella; my goodness.

This is certainly one of the best in the series. Salvo at this point is so accessibly human. He is one of the best examples of the flawed protagonist that I have personally ever come across. And to see through his coat of armor is not to feel sadness or disappointment with our heroes or anything like that. To see throug
Mar 03, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I am currently on the waiting list for 13 books at my local library but with "nothing to read" I found myself browsing the "new" section looking for a mystery to tide me over. This one appeared promising. A police procedural with Italian cops sounded both familiar and different. I gave it a go.

As it turned out the main focus of the narrative was the ongoing personal conflicts and temptations of the detective. As the 14th book in a series, someone who follows Inspector Montalbano might really enj
Apr 26, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stamattina mi sono svegliata con in mente l'idea di leggere Camilleri....Salvo è un amico oramai. Abbiamo trascorso con lui tanti anni della sua vita e vissuto avventure su avventure. Ora ha 58 anni e se li sente pesare addosso. Vive la crisi di mezza età.Casualmente stamattina mi è passato sotto gli occhi un articolo di un giornale intitolato "quella strana tristezza dei cinquantenni maschi". Il pensiero è andato a Montalbano e a questo libro, che avevo appena terminato di leggere.Il libro è in ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Skip rated it really liked it
Published this year, the newest Inspector Montalbano series starts his rescue of a young woman, whose car is perched over a washed out road and her story of meeting a fancy yacht belonging to her aunt. When the yacht finally arrives, it has brought a dead body with a destroyed face killed by poison. Montalbano then has his usual feelings about a younger woman, a lieutenant from the port police. With the assistance of his nemesis pathologist, he figures out that the victim is someone else and unr ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I haven't read this author before. So I had no expectations. I liked the mystery and the humor. The humor was a little dry, but it had its moments. Even though I liked the humor for the most part, every character had the same sense of humor and the same outbursts of anger. They shared so many similarities that they all seemed to bleed together. I wish the characters had more individuality.

Judi Mckay
This is the second Montalbano I've read and I feel the same about this as the first. I think with these you either like them or really hate them. For me I know I'll be getting a light read, familiar characters and and interesting, if confusing plot, with lots of descriptions of food and where montalbano the person is as important, I think, as the plot. And because I know I'll get what I expect I will be reading more in the series. (I read this out of order as it was a book group choice. )
Jan 09, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it
Inspector Montalbano is back in book #14 of the series. And it's just as entertaining as the rest of the books I've read. Montalbano is still battling the demons of middle-age...talking to himself, falling in love with younger women, even though he's long been in a relationship with the charming yet ever-absent Livia. I continue to love this series...and in this one the humour is more apparent than ever.
Oct 20, 2012 James rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
A particularly pleasurable addtion to the series. The crime to be solved is as ever an excuse to talk about food, hear some good jokes, be exposed to a nice bit of cynicism and get an update on all the flawed characters.
Oct 06, 2012 Robyn rated it liked it
This is the first I've read of the series and am now interested to read more. A very fast-paced novel which makes for a quick read.
Jan 02, 2012 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jimmakos
Το απόλαυσα για την "κλασσική" γραφή του Καμιλέρι, δεν είχε όμως τόσο μυστήριο, η ιστορία, όσο ήθελα...
Jan 10, 2017 Mysteryfan rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Not really one of his better ones. Montalbano falls in love, is pointlessly rude to colleagues, manages to solve a crime, and loses the object of his affections. I did like the scenes in the harbor
Jan 10, 2017 Tom rated it really liked it
Excellent. I totally love Camileri's Montalbano series.
Jan 08, 2017 Russeller rated it it was ok
My first by this author. I wasn't overly impressed.
Kristine Brancolini
Nov 22, 2013 Kristine Brancolini rated it liked it
I'm mourning the end of summer, so I decided to read a trio of mysteries set in Sicily by Andrea Camilleri. I think it's always summer in Sicily. I've read many of his earlier books -- this one is #14 in the Salvo Montalbano series - and The Age of Doubt is one of the best. I love the writing; it's kind of casual and witty, all narrated in the first-person by Montalbano himself. In this book he's 58 and feeling the effects of age, plus other characters seem compelled to remind Montalbano that he ...more
Procyon Lotor
Ossi (nvuri) di siccia Dev'esserci una specie di principio dei vasi comunicanti anche nelle lettere; Camilleri sta travasando il mitologico, l'incerto, i colori pastello, il favolistico nei suoi romanzi "laterali" e conseguentemente il prosciugato Montalbano diviene pi deciso e pratico. Al Salvo corrente non siamo abituati, tanto per dirne una non litiga con Livia, tenuta a distanza telefonica e scarsit di collegamenti, non litiga con Mim Augello, che anzi pare gradire molto l'approccio fattivo ...more
Alison C
Mar 13, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it
It is always a treat to have a new Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano novel to devour, and The Age of Doubt, the 14th in the series by Andrea Camilleri, is no exception. After an unsettling dream in which Montalbano is dead but Livia can't make it to the funeral, our Chief Inspector is summoned to the port, because a body in a dinghy has been towed in by a visiting yacht. At the same time, a cruiser is pulling in to port because of engine trouble, and the crew of that cruiser seems a bit...odd. Th ...more
Joyce Lagow
When Commisario Salvo Montalbano first arrived on the scene, he was a 48 year old volatile Chief Inspector stationed in Vigata, Sicily. His relationship with Livia, who lived in Genoa, had been going on for some years. Montalbano himself was a vigorous, self-confident man at the peak of his powers--and something of a gourmand.

In this latest book, 10 years later Montalbano is approaching 60. He's still in Vigata, he's still a gourmand, eating at Da Enzo's, he’s still involved with Livia. But. The
Aug 28, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Not my favorite Montalbano, 3.5 stars really, it's just uneven. The plot is not quite as dense as in some of the early books, and the subordinate characters not quite as colorful. Or maybe they're getting predictable? Some parts are quite good however!
Anyhow, a new love affair for Salvú and I will not tell you how it turns out...
Some have remarked on Salvú's profanity, occasional meanness, duplicity in fleeing the bureaucracy and the woman who tries to own him...all character flaws which he woul
Gloria Feit
Dec 21, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books in the Inspector Montalbano series usually are lighthearted stories about the Sicilian detective combined with a mystery for him to solve. However, while in this novel he does have a mystery to solve, this entry reflects more of his introspection. The contrasts are intriguing, to say the least. It begins when the Inspector rescues a bespectacled, rather mousy woman whose car is about to be swallowed into a chasm, or sinkhole, created in a collapsed road. She tells him she’s the niece o ...more
Pete Wung
Jul 21, 2013 Pete Wung rated it it was amazing
This episode of the Inspector Montalbano series takes up where The Potters Field left off. The inspector is feeling older than his age and as with most men at this age, is beginning to feel like he has lost control of his life, his destiny and his career. The investigation into a mysterious woman who disappears from the scene as quickly as she had appeared turns into an investigation of two dodgy boats, both having appeared in the port of Vigata much too simultaneously for a coincidence.

The ens
Rhondda Powling
Mar 27, 2016 Rhondda Powling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with Inspector Montelbano feeling older than his age and, as with most men at this age, he is beginning to feel like he has lost control of his life, his career and he future. Next, two parallel occurrences, his meeting, and rescue, of a woman who may not be all she appears and the arrival of a yacht in the harbour with a dead body in tow, engage Montalbano's curiosity. The investigation into the mysterious woman, who has now disappeared, and the investigation into the death of ...more
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) is an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.

Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.

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Commissario Montalbano (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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