Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “La voix du violon” as Want to Read:
La voix du violon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

La voix du violon (Commissario Montalbano #4)

by
4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,469 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
Vigàta, Sicile. .. Alors qu'ils se rendent à l'enterrement d'un collègue, le commissaire Montalbano et fun de ses hommes emboutissent une Twingo garée près d'un chemin menant à une villa. Sous un essuie-glace de la voiture, Montalbano laisse le numéro de téléphone du commissariat. Le soir, constatant que le papier est toujours là, il décide d'aller voir si la villa est hab ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 29th 2001 by Fleuve Noir (first published 1997)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about La voix du violon, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Pamela Allegretto I found a used version of Death in Sicily: The First Three Novels in the Inspector Montalbano Series--They are: The Shape of Water; The Terra-Cotta…moreI found a used version of Death in Sicily: The First Three Novels in the Inspector Montalbano Series--They are: The Shape of Water; The Terra-Cotta Dog; The Snack Thief. There are other used books available on Amazon of this edition that contains all three books. I agree with Lyn, this 4th book does stand alone, but there is a progression of the main characters that is probably best enjoyed if read in sequence. It's also interesting to follow the progress of the authors writing style.



(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Andrei Bădică
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nu voia să recunoască, însă dacă ar fi avut posibilitatea, aceea ar fi fost femeia pe care și-ar fi ales-o să-i fie mamă; a lui murise pe când el era de-o șchioapă: amintirea ei îi revenea în memorie doar ca un fel de luminescență aurie."
"Oricum, adevărul gol-goluț, așa crud cum era, îl rostise sora lui Mimi: copiii nu sunt pachete pe care azi le depozitezi într-un loc, mâine într-altul. Nu se poate să nu ții cont de sentimentele lor."
Leslie
Jan 29, 2013 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.
Lyn Elliott
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, italy
I enjoy the Montalbano books, where I find myself matching the descriptions of the characters and favourite places (restaurants, cafes, the beach), crime scenes and the police headquarters with the tv series.
This has many familiar threads, ill-chosen lovers, Sicilian heat, corruption and food. I have read this out of sequence so was not familiar with some elements of the story (a possible adoption, the current state of Montalbano's relationship with his absent love) Those things didn't matter a
...more
Marwan
Dec 11, 2015 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
...more
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
...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 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
Pvw
Aug 17, 2013 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
...more
Monica
Jun 06, 2011 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
...more
Jim Fonseca
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Inspector Montabalno mystery in which the island of Sicily is the focus of the work. The harried inspector is surrounded by a bumbling staff straight out of Barney Miller, for those who remember that TV show. But our Inspector relaxes with beautiful women and exquisite Sicilian food, cooked by his housekeeper, or served in his favorite restaurants. In this mystery, a beautiful woman is attacked and murdered. There are several suspects and the most logical one is killed almost immediately. The ...more
Damiana
Mar 21, 2013 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
Pamela Allegretto
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the 4th book in the Inspector Montalbano series, and so far it's my favorite. The writing and story-line are tighter. And my appreciation for the Inspector has grown. I have just ordered the 5th book in the series: Excursion to Tindari.
DeAnna Knippling
Excellent. The clues here were much more deftly handled than in previous books, not that those were terrible or anything, but simply much better here. Montalbano and co. continue to be complex, asinine, funny, and brilliant.
Carol
Best yet of this series, although I'm only on the fourth one!
piperitapitta
Oct 24, 2014 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 q
...more
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
Carey Combe
I've read better.
Gayle
May 03, 2015 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!
AC
Feb 27, 2012 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...
Saleh MoonWalker
With his eye for beautiful women, his taste for fine literature and a tendency to stop in his tracks to indulge in a meal, the idiosyncratic Montalbano is totally endearing. But he's also a shrewd tactician and a very sensitive man, capable of listening with rapture to a private violin concerto played by a disfigured recluse -- no colorful throwaway scene, but a key piece of the plot. Stephen Sartarelli's light touch with the translation captures the sunny humor of Camilleri's idiomatic Sicilian ...more
Nimbex
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Empecé la serie del Comisario Montalbano no hace mucho y hasta ahora me han gustado todos, aunque éste especialmente. Creo que todos los aficionados al género deberían darle una oportunidad si no lo han hecho ya.
April Sanders
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One gets attached to Inspector Montalbano.
Heidi Burkhart
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mystery really kept me guessing. I think it also showed a more caring side to Inspector Montalbano!
David Highton
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another clever performance by Montalbano, despite bad news on the personal front. He works around the Commissioner and the Judge to solve the murder of a beautiful young wife
Djohns
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect companion for a trip to Italy. The author keeps you turning the page and a good insight into Sicilian life.
Richard Derus
Oct 04, 2010 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
Paola
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper
Sto lentamente leggendo tutta la serie dei libri su Montalbano, intervallandoli con altri per non annoiarmi ma noto sempre con maggior piacere che è difficile stancarsi di Camilleri. La lettura non è per niente impegnativa ma, al contrario, molto coinvolgente.
Per quanto, in linea di massima, lo schema sul quale è costruita la vicenda sia lo stesso, Camilleri riesce sempre a stupire con nuovi personaggi (come belle donne al cui fascino il commissario deve resistere) affiancati dalla rassicurante
...more
E.M. Lynley
Nov 17, 2014 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
...more
Helen
Nov 25, 2014 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
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
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Salvo Montalbano, maverick policeman in the Sicilian backwater town of Vigàta, returns in this tale that will have you guessing nearly to the very end. As always, Montalbano gets to the bottom of the mystery -- in this case the suffocation of a knock-out blonde in her own home -- through experience, intuition, hard work, and, at times, lies, police misconduct, and other chicanery.

Watching Montalbano operate, whether as a policeman or an unwilling pawn in a political gamble, is like wat
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Ad occhi chiusi
  • A Noble Radiance (Commissario Brunetti, #7)
  • I delitti di via Medina-Sidonia
  • River of Shadows
  • The Damned Season
  • La condanna del sangue: La primavera del commissario Ricciardi
  • A Florentine Death (Michele Ferrara, #1)
  • Attenti al gorilla
17350
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.

Fro
...more
More about Andrea Camilleri...

Other Books in the Series

Commissario Montalbano (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
  • The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
  • Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
  • The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano, #6)
  • Rounding the Mark (Inspector Montalbano, #7)
  • The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano, #8)
  • The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano, #9)
  • August Heat (Inspector Montalbano, #10)
  • The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano, #11)
“What do two women friends usually do when they see each other? We talked, we watched television, we listened to music Sometimes we did nothing at all. It was a pleasure just to know the other one was there.” 9 likes
“Moltabano, for a moment, felt moved. That astonishing, wholly feminine capacity for deep understanding, for penetrating one's feelings, for being at once mother and lover, daughter and wife.” 0 likes
More quotes…