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Excursion to Tindari

(Commissario Montalbano #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,353 ratings  ·  315 reviews
A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment - and, at the same time, an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari. But as Inspector Montalbano discovers, these two seemingly unrelated cases lead him down a path more evil and far-reaching than he has been down before.
Paperback, 313 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Picador (first published 2000)
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Richard Derus
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: 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 Camilleris savvy and darkly comic take on Sicilian life leads Montalbano into his most bone-chilling case yet.In two seemingly unrelated crimes, a young Don Juan is found murdered and an
Sep 08, 2011 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 its 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
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Montalbano's suspicions are aroused when a man is murdered outside an apartment building and an older couple who don't get out much residing in the building later turn up dead. Readers learn of rivalry between a "new mafia" and the established mob leaders. The women involved with Montalbano and Mimi figure into the story in minor ways. Food is always discussed although I found fewer occasions to salivate than in some installments. Although it is a solid installment, it was not a favorite. Grover ...more
Patrick Sherriff
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-and-such
Tasty fare. My proper review is here:
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 ...more
David Highton
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fifth in the Montalbano series, and our hero has a missing elderly couple and a shooting murder to deal with. Clever and subtle as usual, Montalbano uses his tight team to good effect as he steps through a complex investigation. Gently comic in parts, the Montalbano books are really a good read
Shonna Froebel
Dec 30, 2012 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
M.J. Johnson
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M.J. by: wife
I read Andrea Camilleris 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 dont 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 conjure ...more
Mary C
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library, 2017
These are always entertaining and I'd love to see them turned into a TV show. As long as they actually use Italian actors.
Judith Johnson
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Lets see intuitive detective (check), three or four different and simultaneous crimes merge (check), additional plot stories involving the detectives personal life and co-workers (check), humor (and cussing, check), loving food references (check), issues with clueless bosses (check). Yes, this meets the criteria for a Montalbano book. I found this one a bit too coincidental for my liking, but I also found the non-mystery stories, the stories on the side, to be more interesting I am starting to ...more
Inspector Montalbano is one smart dude who can outwit the bad guys and manoeuvre his team to produce the required results. There is humour, the Mafia, engaging characters, and the Sicilian landscape and availability of fresh fish that makes me want to live in the place.
I enjoyed this more than the others in this series.
Sep 24, 2007 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 crimesthe 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
Jun 10, 2012 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
Gabriel Valjan
Aug 30, 2012 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 Salvos arguments with Livia. The phone conversations and confrontations between them are intense. I wouldnt 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
Jack M
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always thought that people reading and starting to giggle was a little funny, and yet there I was on the train unable to contain myself. My favourite moments from this one include: Montalbano's lamentation over the socialists who sold out to become millionaires, his reaction to his friends betrayal, the food, the women, the moral struggles, life in Sicily. On to the next.
Susan Edwards
Jul 20, 2015 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
 Sophia B
Fabulous writer and translator! I laugh out loud and Camilleri amazes me. Excellent way to pass easter.
Jul 08, 2012 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.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, italian
Perhaps 3½ 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 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!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously beautifully written novel - no, its a Saracen olive tree. ...more
I think I'll be more comfortable with this series once I've read a couple more, although I was beginning to get the hang of the characters by the time I finished this. There were several good laughs although the first death was quite brutal and the disappearance of the elderly couple was quite mystifying and you could understand the son's worrying about them not answering the phone. The inspector is another one of these intuitive officers who inevitably get in trouble with their superiors. An ...more
Pauline Wharton
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the Inspector Montalbano books for their evocation of Sicily and their humour. Montalbano is a likeable character and, while the pace is slow, the plots are usually satisfying. Although they are a gentle read, they do include some horrific crimes. This one, for most of its length about the murder of a young man, and the apparently unconnected murders of two elderly neighbours, is no exception. When the true motive behind the crimes is revealed, it's unexpected as well as gruesome - but ...more
Artie LeBlanc
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime
As usual, the plot gallops along, while skillfully capturing the atmosphere of Sicily. In this book, much more than in others I have read, Camilleri puts himself for a while in the shoes and the hearts of two of the victims, and this empathetic approach conveys very clearly the horror and pathos of the deaths. I found that the exposition of whodunnit and whydunnit at the end was nuanced, and probably need another quick skim through to look out for it as it emerges: which is the reason I haven't ...more
Jan C
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, italy, 2018
Many threads to follow. An elderly couple take a bus tour but disappear from the bus at some point. No one is quite sure when. Respected people appear to be involved in the making of "adult" films. A husband enters while his wife is conducting an affair with a young fellow and doesn't seem to be too upset about it. A mobster's grandson is slain.

In some way, Inspector Montalbano brings all these threads together and resolves the case.
Ellie Spencer
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Montalbano series, and so far, I think it may be my favourite.
Andrea Camilleri writes easily and beautifully as always. The ending of this book had me in complete shock. I was not expecting the explanation. Camilleri ties the books plot together in a fascinatingly original way. I highly recommend this to anyone. Im looking forward to starting book number 6.
Marie Fouhey
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice complicated plot. Inspector Montalbano almost seems to have esp when he understands what a mafia don is telling him to do and also perceives the reasons behind the don's actions.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth in what is apparently a hugely popular series in Europe--the author started writing them when he was 69; there are now 26 of them, and he's still writing at age 93. It is also a very popular TV show. There's a statue of Montalbano in the author's Sicilian hometown. I watched the TV version of this book immediately after reading it and was astonished at how faithfully it followed the book. Montalbano is a very complex detective whose quirks only gradually become apparent. The stories ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic Montalbano read. This one was a great plot, all twisted and tied up with different cases. In fact, Montalbano had 3 cases going on at once. It was great. I enjoyed getting to know the inspector better. In this book he shows even more vulnerability. He even mentions a few times about getting too old for his profession. That train of thought worries me. I do not want Montalbano to retire! Luckily I see Camilleri still has a string of books after "Excursion to Tindari" for me to ...more
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) was 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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