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Der Dieb der süßen Dinge (Commissario Montalbano #3)

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Commissario Montalbano kann sich über einen Mangel an Arbeit nicht beklagen. Denn in Vigàta, dem malerischen Städtchen an der sizilianischen Küste, geschehen gleich zwei Morde: Auf einem Fischerboot wird während einer nächtlichen Ausfahrt ein Tunesier erschossen, und der sizilianische Geschäftsmann Lapecora wird im Aufzug seines Wohnhauses erstochen aufgefunden. Die beiden ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by Lübbe (first published 1996)
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Nancy Oakes
As I work my way through this series, Andrea Camilleri is quickly becoming one of my favorite crime fiction authors, and Salvo Montalbano one of my favorite characters. How can you not like him? He's grumpy, cantankerous, and crabby and yet he has a compassionate side. He lives for the best, most delectable food, and although flawed in many ways, he has an incredible handle on human nature. The Snack Thief is number three in this series, and I wasted absolutely no time after Terra-Cotta Dog to s ...more
This takes the prize. My all-time favorite Montalbano...and as usual, when I really like something, it's harder to write about it. D'habitude, I retreat into quotations. So here goes...

Clementina Vasile Cozzo makes her first appearance - a minor character but both admirable and spicy. "For decades the respectable people here did nothing but repeat that the Mafia was no concern of theirs but only involved the people involved in it. But I used to teach my pupils that the 'see-nothing, know-nothing
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

Ambiguity is a highly valued and well-tolerated state in Italy. (Likewise Japan.) It makes so much of the insane, illogical world the Italians have created and laughingly called a "government" and a "social fabric" function, this ability to be more than one thing at one time.

Immigrants, seldom from high ambiguity-tolerant climes, screw things up mightily. Karima certainly does, that Tunisian house cleaner-cum-sex worker. She thinks she's moved to a place away from the stark com
Jemima Pett
The Snack Thief is the third in Andrea Camilleri's wonderful series starring the Sicilian detective Salvu Montalbano. Here is a heady combination of crime, intrigue, sun, seafood dishes, pasta and a tangled love life. Salvu is a bit snitty round his staff sometimes, but he's also great fun. My brother, who's read them all in the original Italian/Sicilian (!), says Signor Camilleri is somewhat formulaic, but I haven't yet found that. What I have found is pacy writing, formed largely from dialogue ...more
Gabriel Valjan
The Snack Thief is probably my favorite Camilleri novel for one simple reason: you see Salvo coming to terms with fatherhood or rather that he isn’t a father. It is a bittersweet epiphany that is captured in a sincere way. He comes to know a young boy who is on the run from killers. Read the picnic scene and the interaction between François and Salvo and it’ll bring a tear to your eye. Camilleri also shows Salvo’s girlfriend Livia’s struggling with motherhood. Emotions run deep in the Montalbano ...more
Richard Brand
Montalbano has been revealed in this book to be a much larger "ass" as he has been called by most of the people who work for him and his girl friend. He is ruder, mean, nastier than he was in the first two novels, in my opinion. The story itself is a interesting convoluted mystery on two planes: a personal murder and international complications. The story does end with Montalbano trying to make nice to his girl friend by talking about changing the nature of their relationship. I am not sure I wi ...more
Camilleri, Andrea. THE SNACK THIEF. (2003). ****. I got about fifty pages into this book when I realized I had read it before. I hate when this happens, but I had to finish it because I couldn’t remember how it ended. It is another in the excellent series by this author featuring Inspector Montalbano of the Sicilian police force. Things go differently in Sicily than they do in the rest of the world, and nobody knows this as well as the Inspector. He has to think like the criminal element, and th ...more
This is the third book in Andrea Camilleri’s crime/mystery series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I love how cynical Montalbano can be, how he thinks things through in his own times appearing to be heartless and mean without reason. But there is always a reason! Also love all the “food” talk. Find myself wanting to cook the Italian foods that are mentioned often throughout each of Camilleri’s books.

Jacket notes: “When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an
This is the first Montalbano book I've read after the series was recommended to me by a friend. I love Sicily, and am a great fan of Donna Leon's detective stories which are set in Venice so I was pretty sure I'd like this - and I did. The hero, Montalbano, is a real character, a man with an appetite for good food, wine, his work and life. But he is also a maverick, whose back is constantly being covered by long-suffering colleagues. He also does not appreciate his poor girlfriend and has terrib ...more
Grateful to have found an excellent series of crime novels (with a large back catalog) to devour. It helps that Camilleri writes so beautifully about food! The mystery was a little hard to follow, but the tone was just right.
Camilleri sets a series of mysteries in Sicily, with Inspector Montalbano as the sleuth. The books are written in colloquial Italian/Sicilian and translated; the writer or the translator is getting better. This, the third of the series, is decidedly easier to read and more entertaining than the earlier works. Local color makes the books interesting. The local political scene, set in the present day, is reminiscent of the common view of a Sicily in which corruption is commonplace. Perhaps the aut ...more
This was the first of the TV versions I saw and it certainly did the book justice. Fantastic.
This is the third in the Montelbano series - I just love this series. It is not as dark and troubled as the Zen series character which I also enjoyed. Montelbano is confused, chaotic, multi faceted, in fact very Italian with a central theme of the food. Oh, the food - I am recreating the dishes described in the book as far as I can. And, the humour - there are laugh out loud moments and moments of genius insight. I enjoyed the first few TV progs and now am downloading Series 3 from itunes. Highl ...more
I was introduced to Inspector Montalbano on a trip to visit my dad, who has lately been burning through the series and couldn’t stop raving about it. While I was there, we watched a couple of the TV shows, and then dad sent me The Snack Thief as a birthday present.

I can be quite picky about mysteries. I find that too often they rely on withholding information or on giving the characters absurd ideas or quasi-psychic insight to reach the correct conclusions, and that’s frustrating because it make
This is the third book in the Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series, and oh how we love this Italian police series!

Take the tour of the locations in the book here: Montalbano tour here

He has a certain way about him and a determination to get to the truth.

In the case of the snack thief, Montalbano exposes a viper’s nest of government corruption and international intrigue when an elderly man is stabbed to death in an lift. A crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tun
Nick Jones
The third Montalbano book and the third I’ve read in just over three months. Two things are happening: 1) I find I’m getting a little addicted to them and 2) I find I’m getting a little irritated by them...this is not a good combination. One problem is that I find the detectives in detective fiction smug know-it-alls. (My favourite detective stories tend to be ones where the detective gets it wrong: Trent’s Last Case or films such as The Conversation or Night Moves.) Of course Montalbano has his ...more
I'm gradually reading my way through the Montalbano novels, having been a late convert to the BBC4 showing of the Italian TV series. I'm fast becoming an addict. They were recommended to me by a customer in the charity bookshop where I work and I'm doing my best to read them in order as he suggested, although being reliant on second-hand and library copies, I have strayed from the published order a little.

Like the others I've read, particularly the earlier ones in the series(written, presumably
Difícilmente puede uno encontrar un autor de novelas policiacas que le haga sombra a Camilleri. No solo por el modo en el que construye la trama policiaca propiamente dicha sino, sobre todo, por la manera en la que abandona ese mismo entorno detectivesco, de investigación, y se introduce en el lado emotivo de los personajes. En este sentido, sería erróneo calificar como "novela negra" lo que hace Camilleri, aun cuando el protagonista de sus textos sea un policía y este mismo policía suela verse ...more
I have to admit that I’ve never read any of Andrea Camilleri’s books, so a friend of mine who knows that I like mystery stories recommended it. And it was perfect! Andrea Camilleri knows how to tell stories that touch people. In this book, there were two central themes: we have the Italian family (which sometimes looks a lot like a Greek family) and the crimes that are committed within it and then love and sex (and most of the times those two don’t meet each other).

The one thing that I liked in
K.B. Hallman
This is the first book I've read in this series. And I will certainly be reading the rest of the series. Montalbano shares some character traits with Reginald Hill's Fat Andy Dalziel. Montalbano is unconventional, has his own sense of justice, and is fearless about seeing that his justice is served. But I have to hope that not every book in this series ends with a case summary--I definitely didn't like that aspect.
It begins with a stabbing of a 65-year-old man in an elevator in his apartment building. Enter a paraplegic woman who sits by her window and watches the world go by every day. Her apartment window overlooks the dead man's business whereby she can watch what goes on in his office. Montalbano notices her when he is at the man's business and goes over to her apartment and introduces himself. He learns of a beautiful woman named Karima that comes there and has sex with a couple of men that have keys ...more
Joyce Lagow
3rd in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano is faced with something of a dilemma. A fishing boat has been fired on in what the captain claims was international waters by a Tunisian patrol boat; one of the crew was killed. Although the boat is from a different port, it docks, with the body, in Vig
Tim Schiraldi
The best of the series thus far.Off the Sicilian coast a fishing trawler is fired upon by a Tunisian patrol boat in the area. One of the workers of the fishing trawler was shot and killed. That same morning an elderly man is found stabbed to death in his apartment building elevator. To make it worse, there is a young boy stealing other children's snacks! How do these events come together? Through crooked Sicilian politics, corrupt law enforcement system, and back alley deals! This is just a lit ...more
Linda Howe Steiger
This third in Andrea Camilieri’s Inspector Montalbano series, and good one to read to discover (at last for me) the life history of “crazy from birth” Salvo Montalbano. All of the basic character pieces are brought together: Catarella’s good hearted incompetencies, Mimi, the Commissioner (not an indiot as are most bosses in police procedurals), the relationship with Livia, Angelina, the linked smell and color senses of Salvo, marvellous fishy dishes, the importance of weather, swimming and naked ...more
So far the Inspector Montalbano books have been so funny in places that you forget about the grisly murders. As well as chasing crooks, he is also running rings around his superiors and various politicians, keeping his girl friend happy in spite of all the time she has to spend alone, and indulging in his favourite interest - fine food. He also seems to be able to make the right thing happen, even if his methods are sometimes unorthodox, even bordering on illegal. In this story the discovery of ...more
Montalbano is one of the best detective characters I've read in a long time--tough, irratic, and eccentric; honest with those who tell him the truth, honorable when his code of conduct is involved; but still (as other characters remind him) an unfair ass-hole who is impossible to work for, who sometimes ignores his responsibilities, and who can make major mistakes. This one is serious, complicated, often funny, and like the others, as brief as it could possibly be. Beautifully translated into En ...more
Luka Onee-san
It is very usual for me to start the series from the middle. The Snack thief is the first book I read from Andrea Camilleri. I bought it because it was on sale. I had no idea that it was the third book until I came to Goodreads.
However, I have read the book and I must say I loved it. Actually I fell in love with Salvo Montalbano almost instantly. I love his character, his sarcasm. I did like how the case was not only about one murder and how complicated it got deeper into the book. It was really
Avevo già incontrato Montalbano ma non avevo mai letto un intero romanzo, e adesso che l’ho fatto avrei voglia di leggerli tutti uno dietro l’altro! La scrittura di Camilleri è sempre estremamente coinvolgente, la storia scorre che è un piacere, i personaggi convincono, divertono, affascinano. Insomma, un successo più che meritato quello di questa serie.

I had already met Montalbano but I had never read an entire novel, and now that I did I would want to re
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
Derek Winterburn
A surprisingly topical plot to this book with Tunisian immigrants off the shores of Sicily.

The first puzzle is an Agatha Christie style 'death in an elevator' as Montalbano avoids taking another simpler murder. Inevitably the case develops to include wider matters including the 'snack thief'and the secret services. There's a thread running through the book about fathers and sons, and Montalbano is challenged by the prospect of having a boy in his 'family' as well as his relationship with his dy
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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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Other Books in the Series

Commissario Montalbano (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano, #4)
  • Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
  • The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano, #6)
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“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.” 12 likes
“Montalbano and Valente seemed not to have heard him, looking as if their minds were elsewhere. But in fact they were paying very close attention, like cats that, keeping their eyes closed as if asleep, are actually counting the stars. ” 6 likes
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