Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano, #4)
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Voice of the Violin (Commissario Montalbano #4)

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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 ki...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Penguin (first published 1997)
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Nancy Oakes
Although this one is not quite as humorous as its predecessors, it continues Camilleri's most excellent writing and delves more into the characters previously introduced. This installment is much more focused on plot, although it does bring out Montalbano's more sensitive and compassionate side as he focuses on a most difficult personal issue carried over from events that began in The Snack Thief.

The story begins when Gallo, the Vigata station's official driver, picks up the Inspector to drive h...more
Joyce Lagow
4th in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano and Gallo are on their way to a funeral. Thanks to Gallo� s mania for speed, they inadvertently crash into a parked car, causing extensive damage to both cars. Still, the police car can move, and they proceed to the funeral after Montalbano conscientiously leaves a note with his name and phone number under the windshield wiper of the other car. But when they return, there is no sign that the owner has even been near the car.[retur...more
"Voice of the Violin" is the fourth book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Salvo Montalbano series. The plot in this book is stronger than ever and Montalbano and other recurring characters continue to grow and become move vivid. You can't help but fall in love with Montalbano and the rough exterior he presents in order to hide the caring and attentive cop he is inside.

Yet another aspect of Camilleri's books that i love is the fast pace. The books in this series flow so smoothly...never too many...more
Hey that was nice! I was expecting something that met the standard of many modern police detective stories, like the Dutch Pieter Aspe and Toni Coppers, or more internationally Donna Leon, Karin Slaughter, Nicci French and the like. Those are generally awful and have badly written dialogue. Camilieri, however, writes rather natural dialogues and one can even imagine real people actually talking, joking and discussing with one another in that manner.

In this story, a beautiful young woman is found...more
wonderful little book. A bit slighter than the previous ones in the series, but just as masterful (in fact, more so) in execution. Camilleri é il maestro...
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
The Book Report: Inspector Montalbano, adjusting to a new climate both professional and personal, is presented with a dilemma: How can he officially take note of a crime he discovers when committing a crime himself? He resolves to solve a horrible, seemingly inexplicable murder, one that truly makes your heart hurt, and yet faces mounting problems within his new professional situation. In the end, he takes his lowest, to date, policemanly ebb and turns it into the routing of forces arrayed again...more

Alla fine, nei gialli di Camilleri, la cosa meno importante è la scoperta del colpevole. Lo dimostra il fatto che, nonostante avessi a suo tempo visto il film tv e molto probabilmente letto anche il libro, e vagamente ricordassi persino chi era l'assassino, l'abbia letto con passione e pieno coinvolgimento.
In fondo in fondo, nei gialli di Camilleri, il delitto è solo un pretesto per descrivere uno spaccato di umanità variegata e contraddittoria e per rappresentare un angolo di Sicilia...more
Mentre si sta recando ad un funerale, il commissario Montalbano nota una vettura parcheggiata davanti ad una villetta che sembra disabitata ed incuriosito vi entra furtivamente di notte e trova il cadavere di una bella ragazza senza vestiti. Inizia così la quarta indagine di Salvo Montalbano, che gira attorno a questa figura un po’ particolare ed alla scomparsa di una sacca piena di gioielli. Dal punto di vista personale, il rapporto con la storica fidanzata Livia entra in crisi, anche ma non so...more
Me llamó mucho la atención el nombre de este libro, y cuando me lo regalaron lo leí de inmediato, no había leído nada de Andrea Camilleri y me gustó bastante, las novelas policíacas tienen ese encanto de no poder parar de leerlas una vez comienzas. El Comisario Montalbano es seco, no tengo palabras para describir este personaje, su capacidad analítica es increíble, y sabe llevar el suspenso durante todo el libro, lamentablemente, comencé leyendo esta entrega, que es la cuarta de una serie de nov...more
Un tuffo nel passato in una delle prime inchieste di Montalbano che mi ero persa.
Inizi e non puoi, non riesci a smettere; non c’è una sola pagina né una sola parola inutile o dispersiva. Il racconto non si interrompe mai e non è tanto l’originalità della trama che colpisce in Camilleri, ma il fatto che, malgrado i continui spostamenti di situazioni e luoghi, il susseguirsi di personaggi tutti diversi e tutti con nomi e soprannomi strani, l’utilizzo del dialetto, favoloso, musicale, intuitivo, ma...more
Nick Jones
The fourth in the Montalbano series and the most straightforward in terms of narrative. The Inspector finds a corpse, investigates, finds the culprit. This is a straightforward whodunit plot. But there is more in it than that. At one point he is taken off the investigation by the new commissioner who has brought in a new order and is replaced by one of the commissioner’s cronies: the case is mishandled, an innocent man is killed and the police cover it up: Montalbano does some crafty political m...more
I liked this mystery, but I wish I read the book as opposed to listening to the audio tape. The characters seem to have been "Americanized" in the audiobook, with one having an almost stereotypical NY Italian accent. This seemed a bit jarring considering the mystery takes place in Sicily. That aside, I enjoyed the mystery. It was light and comedic at times, but also had some twists and turns. Inspector Montalbano kind of reminds me of an Italian Morse.
Una nueva aventura de Montalbano, un nuevo acierto de Camilleri. En particular, esta entrega, la cuarta de la serie, tiene dos puntos que merecen destacarse —si usted gusta comprar el libro y disfrutarlo sin que se lo arruinen, suspenda aquí la lectura de estas líneas—. El primero, la manera en la que Montalbano, quizá por primera vez, se muestra como un investigador realmente sagaz, minucioso, aplicado a la resolución de su caso. Sería perfecto si no fuera porque, de repente, se le ha ocurrido...more
William Sullivan
If you love mystery and Italy, but you're tired of Donna Leon's preachy American tone, welcome to the wonderfully authentic Sicilian world of Camilleri. I read this in the original Sicilian -- a dialect that Italians can't always understand -- but the English translation captures the flavor just as well. Here you meet real Sicilians and real crimes.
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...more
Camilleri is an Italian writer living in Rome and writing police procedurals set in a smaller town in Sicily. His mysteries are interesting because of what they reveal about the casual corruption that permeates the area. The protagonist, Lt. Salvo Montalbano, is a good detective and a man of integrity but what he has to go through to get around civil incompetence and corruption is interesting. This isn't to suggest that he is a saint; he has a temper and lack of patience (and a salty mouth). One...more
Kirkus Reviews: A dearth of evidence and an abundance of fools confound Sicilian sleuth Salvo Montalbano. Description: 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...more
I locked myself out of the house and my kind neighbour let me sit in her place for 4 hours until my husband came home. I didn't have anything with me, so I read one of her books - this book. This has to be one of my strangest ways so far of finding a book to read!

Unfortunately though, it was - for me - just an 'ok' book. Apparently (so my neighbour was telling me), this is now a television series. I can imagine this would do well as a series, although maybe they would've had to cut down on the n...more
There's a Renault Twingo referred to as having "committed suicide" when Gallo, the station's driver, he of the "Indianapolis Complex", slams into it in a spectacular example of mad driving that had me crying with laughter on page 4 of VOICE OF THE VIOLIN. Which is not a bad writing feat at all, in 4 pages you know that Montalbano's in a mood after a fabulous meal was interrupted by his nemesis Catarella. That his car's in the shop and he has to get to a funeral. That Gallo's a madman, and there'...more
Lee Holz
Voice of the Violin is a first rate police procedural. It’s protagonist, Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano, shares a number of traits with his Venetian colleague, Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti who is better known to English-speakers like myself. Both have great personal integrity and courage, love good food, are devoted native sons of their city or province, have an insufferable, arrogant and incompetent superior, are sensitive and usually considerate of others, are somewhat world we...more
Voice of the Violin is the fourth book in the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series. I enjoyed it a lot. It is sometimes nice to get a book that is small but effective; Elizabeth George-sized this is not. (I like Elizabeth George too, by the way). In this book, the case starts with a bang, literally. The car in which he is being driven crashes into a parked car, parked outside a house which then piques his curiosity, and which indeed contains the dead body that sparks this case. There are many suspe...more
The Voice of the Violin follows Inspector Salvo Montalbano as he investigates the murder of a beautiful woman found dead in her partially renovated home in Sicily. There are a number of different threads in the book - from Mafia involvement to corrupt police chiefs to Montalbano's rather messy personal life - but most of the action focuses on trying to figure out how Michela Licalzi met her end.

The book started out promisingly enough - the Italian setting was (for me) a novelty, and Montalbano r...more
Camilleri is developing Montalbano slowly but surely. I enjoyed this book even more. Fast paced and funny at times (especially how Montalbano's men interact with him and visa versa) this story was very enjoyable. Montalbano is very unconventional but tries really hard to stick to his own values and ideas of how things should go down. I appreciate his way of avenging those that have been wronged and getting the 'bad' person(s) in the end. This story centers on the death of a sometimes Vigata resi...more
Gabriel Valjan
Voice of the Violin opens with Montalbano at the scene of a brutal murder. In the opening scene the “experts” are reconstructing the victim’s final moments. It’s a job and I think Camilleri was conveying how the “experts” lose their compassion. Camilleri’s small touches of the pen are admirable. In the scene Montalbano is assessing the crime scene and “taking in the information.” He is the only who honors the victim by placing a towel over her to preserve her dignity. You’ll have to read the sce...more
Nick Phillips
Four in a row of the Montalbano series and they just get better. This one concentrates more on the actual crime than the first three and has moved away from some of the stock characters who guested in the first three, though introduces at least one more returner with a possible set up for another.

As always the main star is Sicily, the landscape and the cuisine and most importantly the connections between the people who live there.

Right, on to book five.
Shonna Froebel
I had the next one in the series handy and I was already there in my head, so decided to continue with the fourth book. This continues the personal storyline between Salvo and his girlfriend Livia that developed in the previous book, and allows both characters to develop. On the mystery front, one of Salvo's men hits a parked car on the way out of town and both men are surprised to see the car undisturbed on their trip back. Salvo does a little private investigating and has someone call in the c...more
Not sure what to make of this. I enjoyed it but don't know if I would have enjoyed it more without the pictures in my head of Salvo, Mimi, Fazio, Catarella etc from the TV series. Usual convoluted plot and foodie bits. And at least in this one he managed not to succumb to the charms of a female who wasn't Livia.
Ivonne Rovira
Inspector Salvo Montalbano, maverick policeman in the Sicilian backwater town of Vigàta, returns in this tale that will have you guessing nearly to the very end. As always, Montalbano gets to the bottom of the mystery -- in this case the suffocation of a knock-out blonde in her own home -- through experience, intuition, hard work, and, at times, lies, police misconduct, and other chicanery.

Watching Montalbano operate, whether as a policeman or an unwilling pawn in a political gamble, is like wat...more
So far I am enjoying this despite the murder mystery requirement of a dead body. I like the detective and the Italian setting. Ever since my son traveled to Italy last year I have a soft spot for all things Italian. And the endearing character of the detective reminds me of why I used to like (=almost exclusively read) mysteries at one point in my life. Fo me it's not actually about the mystery/detection story, it's about the people.

I might even check out more in this series. Then again,...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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