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The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri
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May 24, 11

Read from May 21 to 23, 2011

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 Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Montalbano, with his keen insight into human nature, suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son is caught stealing other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks. But when Karima disappears, the young snack thief's life-as well as his own-is endangered when Montalbano exposes a viper's nest of government and international intrigue.”

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Monica Hi Stephan. Always glad to lure someone else towards Italian mysteries :)

Andrea Camilleri’s books are quite differnt from Donna Leon, at least character wise. Brunetti is much more calm...he takes time to think things through. Montalbano has a harder edge to him...he reacts quickly, then thinks. However, both authors are great on character developement in each book you read. I'm hooked on a few different mystery/crime series. And methodical about reading them in order. Hope you enjoy your first Montalbano book!

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