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Roman Count Down

(Rick Montoya Italian Mystery #6)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Rick Montoya, eager to experience more of his Italian mother's culture, heads to Rome to start his own translation business. He's armed with curiosity and an appetite for local food and wine.

Rick's maternal uncle is a Roman cop with one eye to his nephew's welfare and another to how Rick might be useful, perhaps widen his career choices. So Commissario Piero Fontana pulls
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Here's an admission. I really didn't care who killed the count in David P. Wagner's Roman Count Down, the prequel to his Rick Montoya Italian mysteries. I enjoyed the glimpse into Rick's move to Rome. But, I loved all the discussion of food and sites. Wagner does a beautiful job creating the atmosphere and taking readers on a walk of the city.

The prequel takes readers back in time. Montoya, who parents were American and Italian, moves from Albuquerque to Rome to restart a business there. He
I think if I had visited Rome this story would have been more appealing. It all most passes for a travelogue with a touch of gourmet pleasure. This is the prequel to the Rick Montoya Italian mysteries. I did like Rick who moves to Rome from New Mexico to work as a translator. His uncle the police inspector tries to lure him in following in his footsteps. Delicious meals, witty chatter, the Eternal City all in this nifty story.
Tonstant Weader
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Roman Count Down is the sixth in David P. Wagners Rick Montoya series. The story opens with Count Umberto Zimbardi taking a bus home for the first time in his life only to get murdered. His murder will occupy the attention of the main character Rick Montoya even though he probably should be focusing on launching his translation service rather than solving murders.

Ricks story begins in Alberquerque as he says goodbye to his friends before flying to Rome and his new life there as a translator. His
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always jumping into the books in the Rick Montoya series as soon as I know they are available. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have been to a few countries and some of the main touristy countries but Italy is a place that I always return to time after time. I used to go every other year and do my best to visit a different part of Italy each time I visit. Of course whenever a family member visits I find myself in Rome ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
David's writing gets better and better. This one is actually a prequel to the other books and helps to explain how Rick Montoya wound up in Italy.
A Roman count is uncharacteristically coming home on a bus. When he gets off and crosses the Tiber, headed for his house, he is murdered.
Rick Montoya from Santa Fe, NM is in Italy to see if he can make a go of a translating business. His uncle is a police commissario and gets Rick involved investigating the murder. Very good characters and great
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is a simple one. One of the upper class Counts has been found supposedly murdered just outside his residence. The police do not find any enemies or suspects as such. They are under pressure from the Countess as well to find out how and why her husband is murdered. That she was a strange bird is another part of the story. Enter Rick who has decided to come to Rome and live there, uprooting himself from his American lifestyle to adapt to his Italian roots. His uncle is the Detective on ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
#6 in David P. Wagner's Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series, published by Poisoned Pen Press in May 2019. Although it is the sixth in the series, you can start with this book, as did I, because it is a prequel about Rick Montoya's return to Rome, Italy, and his first involvement in a police case through his Uncle who is with the Rome police force. It's a murder with complicated roots.

This is one of those novels that has as much to say about wonderful food and drink and way of life, as well as
Kathleen Gray
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Remember first and most importantly that the Italian criminal justice system operates vastly differently from that in the US, UK, and Canada (and other countries as well). Still, you might find it odd that an Italian police officer would involve his nephew in the investigation of the murder of anyone, much less of Count ZImbardi, a very wealthy man. Rick Montoya is a fun amateur detective in the sense that he knows his limitations and, frankly, enjoys Rome (or wherever he is- this is a series) ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because I was going to Rome on vacation and I thought it would be a fun book to read on the trains and buses. I thought it delivered on the local flare and scenery but the mystery was almost non existent. It was a lot of Rick, the main character, meeting up with his old high school friends and finding out what became of them which was not of much interest to me but I havent read
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Half Italian Rick Montoya has decided to move his translation service to Rome, where he grew up, in this prequel to the popular series. His uncle, a high ranking police officer with whom he's staying until he finds an apartment, is investigating the mysterious death of a count who--schooled in England--kept all his journals in English. Rick is an ideal person to translate the material for the police, and finds himself handling some interviews as well. Meanwhile, he reunites with some high school ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I was notified of book #6 in this series, I ordered it. One of the reasons I enjoy these books so much is that the places, food and Italian culture share equal billing with the mystery. This one kept to that format and I enjoyed it. I look forward to more of Rick Montoyas italian experiences in the future. ...more
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May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A fast fun read that will take you for a long walk around modern Rome with Italian American amateur sleuth Rick Montoya. Look forward to building up an appetite as Montoya eats his way around the eternal city, asking questions for his police uncle about an unsolved murder. Although I suspect that isnt really how the Italian police roll, it made for an entertaining story.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Roman Count Down is a decent book with interesting characters and it is well written. I love the descriptions and plot.
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After five books in the Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series, David Wagner takes the reader back to Ricks arrival in Rome to establish his business as an interpreter. Having spent many of his school years in Rome, this move gives him an opportunity to re-connect with several of his classmates, some of whom have taken an unexpected path in life.

Ricks first job comes through his Uncle Piero, a police commissioner. The body of Count Zimbardi was found on a bridge near his home. With little to go on,
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David P. Wagner earned a degree in English from Michigan State University before joining the foreign service. His assignments included nine years in Italy where he learned to love things Italian, many of which appear on the pages of his books. He and his wife live on Colorado's front range.

Other books in the series

Rick Montoya Italian Mystery (7 books)
  • Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1)
  • Death in the Dolomites (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #2)
  • Murder Most Unfortunate (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery #3)
  • Return to Umbria (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #4)
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