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The Voice of the Violin (Commissario Montalbano #4)

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In this latest novel, 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 i ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1997)
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Feb 02, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: dad
Shelves: mysteries, italian
In addition to a very good 'whodunit', I love all the food references in these Inspector Montelbano books.
Jan 25, 2016 Marwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I ever laughed when reading a novel. I mean , all the book that I've read have the thrill and the twists, but sense of humor, that's something you don't often find in mystery novels. In addition the writing is so smooth that makes you want to read more. I also liked the Italian food references, which made me search for them in the internet and wanting to try them.
The protagonist, Inspector Montalbano is an interesting character. And the events in the plot will make you engaged till
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
Aug 17, 2013 Pvw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, crime
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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.[return ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 04, 2016 Damiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-monografia
La quarta indagine del commissario Montalbano è una nuova conferma della bravura di Camilleri. Il bello di questo romanzo? Non tanto l'indagine in sè (complessa e ben strutturata, con personaggi ben delineanti e un finale inaspettato), quanto la descrizione fatta dall'autore della Sicilia, dei suoi colori e della sua cucina. E poi, alzi la mano chi, dopo aver letto almeno uno dei libri di Montalbano, non ha inserito parole siciliane nelle proprie frasi? Infine, una menzione d'onore per Catarella ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 quale c
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
Nov 17, 2014 E.M. Lynley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, italy
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
Mar 03, 2012 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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 Derus
Oct 04, 2010 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 31, 2015 Belinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all of the Montalbano detective novels so far. I keep reading them because they are amusing, give me a decent enough taste of Italian life, have amazing food in them, and are well paced.
The characters are well drawn too.
I have another one to read (my 4th) and am looking forward to it.
What more can be said?
In this outing there is a great deal of tension between Montalbano and the recently appointed Commissioner of Police and aside from solving the murder he has to navigate these stormy political waters to protect not only his own career but the integrity of his command.

I have seen the TV adaptation of this novel at least twice and so was aware of whodunit from the start. However, there was still plenty to appreciate in the source material including small snippets of comedy played out in print.

May 08, 2015 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cracking on with this series and enjoying every one. Can't put them down so they are finished very quickly!
Feb 14, 2016 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por ahora creo que es el mejor Montalbano que he leido
Feb 18, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sicily
A fun mystery to get ready for Sicily this summer. These books make me so hungry!
Merritt Corrigan
Jan 09, 2016 Merritt Corrigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that I venture into genre fiction but this little mystery novel was a gem. If only for this passage:

"The water was boiling, so he put in the pasta. The telephone rang. He had a moment of hesitation, unsure whether to answer or not. He was afraid the call might last too long: it might not be so easy to cut it short, and that would jeopardize the proper al dente texture of the spaghetti. It would be a disaster to waste the coral sauce on a dish of overcooked pasta. He decided not to ans
Sep 16, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2014 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 28, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voice of the Violin is the fourth in Camilleri’s series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano, but only the second I have read. I wasn’t too keen on the first for various reasons, but Voice of the Violin made a much more favorable impression on me. The story is more streamlined, with fewer extraneous characters, and this time I actually found some of the characters sympathetic. Montalbano himself continued to grow on me. He’s gruff and blunt, but intelligent and kind-hearted, as well. A man of im ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 15, 2014 Alfredo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: negra
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
May 06, 2015 Stavroula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απλά μοναδικός κι απολαυστικός όπως πάντα ο συγγραφέας! Δεν τον βαριέσαι ποτέ!
I watched the TV series on BBC4 long before I read any of the books, so my review is a mix of both the show and the book

The Voice of the Violin is number 4 in the Commisario Montalbano series of books, and number 2 of the tv show.

On the way to a funeral, Montalbano and Gallo end up in a crash due to Gallo's speeding, hitting a stationary car on the side of the road. They don't know who owns parked car or house. Following a visit to the hospital, the pair drive back past the house and see the car
Nov 25, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2011 William Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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