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Excursion to Tindari (Commissario Montalbano #5)

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Following the long-running success he has enjoyed on bestseller lists in Europe, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is now winning over American readers and critics alike as “one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction” (USA Today). Now, in Excursion to Tindari, Andrea Camilleri’s savvy and darkly comic take on Sicilian life leads Montalbano into his most bone-chill ...more
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Published February 1st 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2000)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: Fifth of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series set in fictional Vigata, Sicily, this outing sees Montalbano and his team dealing with a homicide, a double disappearance, and a bad case of lovin' you for the Inspector and his chief henchman as their respective relationships head into perilous waters. That is as nothing, though, compared to the murder of a too-wealthy twenty-year-old computer whiz who is in so far over his head that teasing out the whys and whe
“Excursion to Tindari” is the 5th book in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. And it’s every bit as good as the previous four books. It seems that most of the series books that I read have strong, likeable, morally-rewarding men as their main character. Montalbano is no exception to this rule. He may come across as gruff and brusque but this is a wall of deception. And behind this wall is a man who cuts corners and steps outside of the boundaries of the law only when matters are ...more
Nancy Oakes
Excursion to Tindari is a puzzler that will intrigue both fans of Camilleri and mystery readers in general. A phone call lands Montalbano in the middle of the case of the dead man at Via Cavour 44. Just one bullet in the middle of the forehead killed young Emanuele 'Nenè' Sanfilippo, and since the captain of the Flying Squad and his second in command were laid up (one with dysentery after a visit to Beirut and the other in the hospital in New York after a mugging), Montalbano is told that the ca ...more
M.J. Johnson
Aug 25, 2015 M.J. Johnson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to M.J. by: wife
I read Andrea Camilleri’s Excursion to Tindari on my holiday this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I discovered that it was actually the fifth in the Inspector Montalbano series, but to be honest, although I intend to read the books in order from now on, I don’t think it made a whole lot of difference to either my understanding or appreciation. Whilst ostensibly part of a police procedural series, it boasts a richly comic cast of regular characters. The writing is very witty and manages to conjur ...more
How great to take a trip to Sicily after so many years --- to smell the salt water, to peek into the fridge with Salvo Montalbano to see what Adelina left to eat, to hear that combative, rough Italian that friends and family speak to each other. And how nice to meet old characters like Fazio, Mimi' Augello, Catarella, and Ingrid and to hear Livia on the phone again. Excellent just for the interactions. The plot practically takes second place. Can't wait to make my own pappalozzo!

I think the tran
A couple of old people of Vigata mysteriously disappears after making an excursion to the neighboring town, Tindari. In the same building where they lived elders, a man is murdered. Seemingly unrelated facts that end up in the commissioner Salvo Montalbano charge. Even going against the advice of his superiors, the detective following in their investigations without believing in coincidences. Search then, among the delights of the local cuisine and the finest Italian wines, a fact that can conne ...more
Shonna Froebel
I started reading this series a few years ago and then got away from them, but recently decided to seek them out again, continuing where I left off. This is the fifth book in the series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano out of Vigàta, Sicily. Montalbano struggles against corruption, government bureaucracy and the mafia. His team provides many interesting characters, as do the non-police members of his circle.
In this mystery, a young man is discovered murdered at his front door. Shortly therea
Fifth in the Italian police procedural series set in Sicily and featuring Salvo Montalbano, epitome of the grumpy inspector. But you gotta love the guy despite his less-than-sweet disposition. In this episode, Montalbano and crew are investigating two crimes—the disappearance of a reserved, quiet elderly couple, reported missing by their son, and the murder of a young twenty-something man with no visible means of support, yet who manages to live in relative style. Drug money? Or something else? ...more
Carmela Dutra
Excursion to Tindari is the 5th installment of the Montalbano series. I love the work Andrea Camilleri creates. However this one left me desiring a little more, the plot was just OK for me; not bad, but not great either.

In a nutshell an elderly couple disappear and within the same day or two, one of their neighbors is shot dead on his doorstep. Ingrid (woman from book 1 if memory serves)makes an appearance along with a doctor that is supposedly has big part in this situation. Of course, the maf
Perhaps 3 stars.

I enjoyed this 5th book in the Inspector Montalbano series. In particular, I like seeing how he navigates between the local Mafioso and his incompetant & hostile boss.
Susan Edwards
Just found this series, picked up at "Friends of Library" sale - just want to say thnk you. This is what I love about real books - impromptu finds! Love this series
Gabriel Valjan
Excursion to Tindari is OK for plot: a guy is shot in front of his apartment and an elderly couple disappears. Read this for the food, the humor, and for Salvo’s arguments with Livia. The phone conversations and confrontations between them are intense. I wouldn’t want to make Livia mad at me. You'll also meet the sexy Ingrid. You can feel the attraction between her and Salvo, but you know that she wouldn't respect him if he tried something. Food is their sublimation, I guess. The novel showcases ...more
Maria Altiki
Να και μια υπόθεση που αφορά την Μαφία που φυσικά μόνο ο θρυλικός Σάλβο θα μπορούσε να λύσει. Πανέξυπνος, πανπόνηρος, πολυμήχανος, ερωτιάρης, καλοφαγάς και απίστευτα διασκεδαστικός όπως πάντα!
Judith Johnson
Loved the characters, the wit, the sheer enjoyment of reading this book, and what's more, gave me a powerful impulse to book next year's holiday in Italy!
Por alguna razón que no atino a aclarar, dejé este libro sin leer —el quinto de la serie de Montalbano— y proseguí con los demás. Sin embargo, debo decir que el olvido ha servido para darme cuenta, una vez más, de todo lo que ha perdido la serie escrita por Camilleri con el paso de los años. El libro que ahora me ocupa, La excursión a Tindari, es un buen ejemplo de lo que solían ser las novelas de Andrea Camilleri en las que los personajes viven una vida compleja, una vida repleta de emociones, ...more
Andrea Camilleri is a talented author. His Inspector Montalbano character is portrayed so vividly, you believe him to be real. Montalbano's compassion, his integrity, the things that anger him, his delight in authentic fish dishes, his love of his country, and Livia are all painted to perfection in words. I absolutely love Camilleri's humour. Here is a taste of it in Chapter 9 with a conversation between policeman, Mimi Augello, and Montalbano. Mimi is speaking first.

"Are you still in touch with
June Finnigan
Another excellent Montalbano tale.
June Finnigan - writer
While I have a fondness for Donna Leon's Venetian detective Guido Brunetti, the cunnung, cussing Sicilian Salvo Montalbano is somehow more full-blooded and entertaining. Good mix of Sicilian characters, countryside and, naturalmente, cuisine, and of course also a lot of Mafia references - easier to stomach in literary form than in living color on The Sopranos
Liam Berry
Finally got round to reading my first Montalbano novel as recommended to me by CGA Fisher. Didn't take to it immediately, spent about 3 weeks dicking about with the first 70 pages but then the character and feeling of the book just kind of clicked and I read the rest of it in 3 days. The style is easy to read with enough comedic moments and sideways digressions to add a lot of character to the detective novel plot.

I found myself far more engaged once the old don made an appearance and the case t
Apr 15, 2014 Mei rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This was a very enjoyable read. Inspector Montalbano is certainly a character, with his fear of commitment, love of food and mood swings. Of course, if you didn't know any better, you would think that he actually cares for his men...especially Mimi, Mimi who drives him insane, and who he is (I am certain) oft-times simply just jealous of, for his youth and his virility. There is Catarella, who speaks in what I can only imagine must be the Sicilian version of 'The Beverley Hillbillies' accent, bu ...more
Montalbano sono. Dovrei dire pronto, ma non lo dico. Sinceramente, non mi sento pronto.
All'altro capo ci fu un lungo silenzio. Poi arriv il suono del telefono abbassato.
Torn mestamente verso casa e gi da una decina di metri di distanza sent lo squillo del telefono. L'unica era accettare le cose come stavano. E, tanto per principiare, rispondere a quella chiamata.
Era Fazio.
Levami una curiosit. Sei stato tu a telefonarmi un quarto d'ora fa?.
Nonsi, dottore. Fu Catarella. Ma disse che lei non e
Montalbano sono. Dovrei dire pronto, ma non lo dico. Sinceramente, non mi sento pronto.
All'altro capo ci fu un lungo silenzio. Poi arriv il suono del telefono abbassato.
Torn mestamente verso casa e gi da una decina di metri di distanza sent lo squillo del telefono. L'unica era accettare le cose come stavano. E, tanto per principiare, rispondere a quella chiamata.
Era Fazio.
Levami una curiosit. Sei stato tu a telefonarmi un quarto d'ora fa?.
Nonsi, dottore. Fu Catarella. Ma disse che lei non e
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, compassio
Camilleri deals with the Mafia in this one, compensating for the violence and brutality with even more outrageous humor and food fetishism. Very enjoyable.
Couldn't stop reading it! There was mystery, fun, art and passion in this book. I love Montalbano stories, and Andrea Camilleri's writing!
Sheila Hiss
I've read many of these Montalbano books, and absolutely love him, and them. However the plot of Excursion to Tindari is pretty convoluted and hard to follow. Maybe that's part of the Sicilian mystery...Camillieri wants you to think like Montalbano to figure it out?. Case in point: There is a scene in the book in which Montalbano goes to see the mafia boss and comes back with a totally different idea of what il capo wants him to do from what was voiced. So figure it out!

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Nick Jones
The fifth in the Montalbano series and the fifth I’ve read. Formally it is the most straightforward. There is a crime, it is investigated, it is solved. In the previous Montalbano stories there tends to be two crimes and as the investigations progress it is found that they are linked. In this one a young man is shot and then it is found that an elderly couple from the same apartment block have gone missing: Montalbano suspects the two cases are linked...and we, if we know the conventions of the ...more
Anna [Floanne]
Voto 4.5 stelle

Ebbene sì lo ammetto: sono in pieno crush letterario e mi sono follemente innamorata del commissario Montalbano. In questa indagine, la Mafia e la sua brutalità, le sue gerarchie interne e la spietatezza tangibile che non guarda in faccia a niente e nessuno, le collusioni (qui, non tanto con la politica, quanto con la Chiesa) dipingono ancora una volta un affresco poco edificante della Sicilia di Montalbano. Il Commissario è chiamato ad indagare sulla misteriosa scomparsa di una c
Jemima Pett
We start with the body of a young man on the steps of an apartment block, and later the same day we have a missing couple. From the same apartment block. Police procedure demands that no-one jumps to conclusions. Montalbano works his staff hard to uncover the last known whereabouts of the missing couple, and inept-cop-turned-computer-genius Catarella works just as hard on the computer discs and other software found in the dead man’s apartment. After plenty of red herrings, fresh mackerel cooked ...more
I am learning to speak Italian and was lent this book by a class mate. Originally published in Italian the series of books about a detective in Sicily has been translated into English, luckily for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but it is the characters who make the book sparkle. Inspector Montalbano is very human and appealing and just a little bit vulnerable. His trusty sidekicks, in the way of all great detectives' assistants, know him better than he knows himself and are on hand to help ...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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