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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
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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
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Pvw
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
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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
Monica
"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
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Anna [Floanne]

Questo è il quarto libro della serie di Montalbano che leggo in poco più di un mese. Rispetto agli altri episodi, ammetto che mi è piaciuto meno, forse perché fin da subito mi è parsa chiara e scontata la soluzione del caso. Ciononostante, Camilleri è indiscutibilmente un grande della letteratura italiana e il suo stile, che per anni avevo incautamente snobbato, mi piace sempre di più: incisivo, divertente, arguto, brillante, unico, merita assolutamente tutta la mia stima. Voto: 3.5 stelle
E.M. Lynley
The first Camilleri book I finished. I listed to the audio book while on a long drive, which made it easier to hold my attention than previous attempts.

I enjoyed the book and the narration.

This is the sort of series where you get little tidbits of information along the way but you really can't figure the whole thing out until the end when you get some additional missing pieces to tie the story together. I stopped trying to work all the pieces into one shape partway through, and just enjoyed the
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AC
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...
Carey Combe
I've read better.
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
Ladygiodesi
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
Piperitapitta
Alla fine, nei gialli di Camilleri, la cosa meno importante �� 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 �� solo un pretesto per descrivere uno spaccato di umanit�� variegata e contraddittoria e per rappresentare un angolo di Sicilia nella q
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Piperitapitta
Alla fine, nei gialli di Camilleri, la cosa meno importante �� 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 �� solo un pretesto per descrivere uno spaccato di umanit�� variegata e contraddittoria e per rappresentare un angolo di Sicilia nella q
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Victoria
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
Claudia
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
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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
Diane
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.
Alfredo
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
Helen
Andrea Camilleri has never disappointed. This Inspector Montalbano mystery is full of humor and compassion, along with a great plot. I love the way Camilleri develops his characters. For example, the annoying Catarella, "Oh, Chief, Chief! You're here?... At lease ten people called, and they all want to talk to you in poisson! I didn't know you was comin' so I says to all of 'em to call back tomorrow morning. Did I do right, Chief?" And then, Inspector Montalbano's love for his native Sicily, "Th ...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.
Rose
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
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Nancy
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
Joyce
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
Ed Dodson
This is the 4th book in this series about my favorite policeman, Inspector Montalbano, who is my current favorite. I didn't like it quite as well as the last one I read, "The Snack Thief", but it was close. My appreciation of the translator, Stephen Santorelli, has grown since discovering the footnotes in the past 2 stories. Unfortunately, they are not labeled in the text, so you have to read them after you are finished with the book, or keep checking when some Sicilian idiom leaves you in the d ...more
Dawn
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
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Karen
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
Stuart
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
kit
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
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Shannon
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
Laia
Cuánto más conozco a Montalbano, más me enamoro de él. De su estupidez, de su incapacidad para decir lo que quiere, de su inteligencia. Y cuánto más me enamoro de Montalbano, me doy cuenta de que lo que admiro en realidad es a Camilleri. Admiro la manera en como hace funcionar a Livia y Salvo, la manera como Mimì siempre está allí, como incluso Catarella tiene su protagonismo bien merecido. Me encantan los giros de cada uno de sus capítulos, en como hacia la mitad más o menos siempre hay una sor ...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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