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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- chilli ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2000)
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Richard Derus
Dec 21, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Jun 10, 2012 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
M.J. Johnson
Aug 07, 2015 M.J. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra Bašić
Feb 12, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uvijek srcu dragi Montalbano!
Francesco Zampa
Un traffico internazionale efferato si intreccia con l'uccisione di un giovane e disinvolto gigolò e la sparizione di due anziani. Tutto si svela così orribile da sembrare sovradimensionato ma, oltreché stiamo parlando di fiction, queste cose accadono e, se accadono, in qualche modo si devono concretizzare, e perché non così?
Ci vuole il miglior Montalbano per risolvere il caso, quello che segue l'istinto degli uomini e la coscienza collettiva prima di tutto, anteponendola anche alla propria; que
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
These are always entertaining and I'd love to see them turned into a TV show. As long as they actually use Italian actors.
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
Shonna Froebel
Dec 30, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translations
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
Sep 24, 2007 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2014 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
��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
Mar 21, 2013 Damiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-monografia
"Montalbano sono. Dovrei dire pronto, ma non lo dico. Sinceramente, non mi sento pronto"
Camilleri non si smentisce: con una frase simile si resta piegati dalle risate per svariati minuti! XD
La gita a Tindari è, se possibile, ancora più bello dei precedenti: appassionante come pochi, con una trama importante ma sviluppata alla perfezione e con personaggi sempre ben caratterizzati, inseriti in uno spaccato di Sicilia poco conosciuta, che l'autore con le sue descrizioni riesce a farti amare. In più
Gabriel Valjan
Aug 30, 2012 Gabriel Valjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 19, 2009 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, mysteries
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
Mar 16, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, italian
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.
Jan 02, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stop reading it! There was mystery, fun, art and passion in this book. I love Montalbano stories, and Andrea Camilleri's writing!
 Sophia B
Fabulous writer and translator! I laugh out loud and Camilleri amazes me. Excellent way to pass easter.
Judith Johnson
Jul 09, 2015 Judith Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Maria Altiki
Sep 24, 2015 Maria Altiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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!
Jul 08, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Camilleri deals with the Mafia in this one, compensating for the violence and brutality with even more outrageous humor and food fetishism. Very enjoyable.
Jul 07, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A homicide, disappearance of an elderly couple proved to be a perplexing case for Inspector Montalbano.
Susan Edwards
Jul 20, 2015 Susan Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
June Finnigan
Apr 08, 2015 June Finnigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Montalbano tale.
June Finnigan - writer
Angie Carter
Jan 24, 2017 Angie Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished book #5 in this series after #6 and I think this series may need to be read in order since there are subtle things going on in the background built into the stories. So far an enjoyable series, too bad I can't read Italian. I bet in their original language they are even richer in subtext.
funny, nice quick read! entertaining! like the italianness of it all. sure italians would appreciate the settings and cultural aspects!
Feb 14, 2017 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arun R
Feb 23, 2017 Arun R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic outing of Inspector Montalbano !
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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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