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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Camilleri Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781455192793
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Inspector Montalbano’s gruesome discovery of the body of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim’s friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

Montalbano does not disappoint, bringing his compelling mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food to solve another riveting mystery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humour, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily. To read him is to be taken to that glorious, tortured island.”

    Donna Leon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Camilleri once again thrills with his fluid storytelling and quirky characters...the author has increased the stakes for Salvo’s career and the amount of maverick behavior. Through this deft translation, Camilleri’s tale of lust, greed and hidden beauty should win new American readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Montalbano’s] sharp wit and sharper tongue add dimension to the convoluted case with its eccentric cast of suspects. AudioFile Golden Voice Grover Gardner doesn’t waste time on Italian accents, instead providing personal touches and quirky behaviors to Camilleri’s many honest character portraits. Montalbano loves fine cuisine, and Gardner adds just the right spice to each mouth-watering description. Translator Stephen Sartarelli earns top marks for his impeccable work in the fourth Inspector Montalbano mystery published in the US.”

    AudioFile

  • “Camilleri continues to mix procedural detail with personal drama—Montalbano’s tenuous relationship with his lover and his attraction to one of the witnesses in the case—in ways that add depth to both the characters and the drama. If you like the Italian crime novel, you’ll love this series.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theut | 2/15/2014

    " Un capolavoro. Da leggere :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/11/2014

    " Voice of the Violin is a character driven police procedural, not that there is anything wrong with its plot. Inspector Montalbano is as crafty a cop as you could hope to meet, but he also has a well rounded personal life, especially when it comes to enjoying fine Sicilian cooking. His investigative team is likable and entertaining, with quirks of their own. And those who populate this particular case, the murder of a stunning young woman, are equally engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 2/2/2014

    " Maybe I'm just distracted, or maybe it is because I read Book 1 and not 2 or 3 before getting to this one, but I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceri Kay | 1/25/2014

    " Good but not the best Montalbano mystery by a long way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marzia Bianchi | 1/22/2014

    " Decent mystery, but I hated the translation and the reading, even if they were the intention of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve P | 1/8/2014

    " Another delightful outing by Camilleri's cantankerous Sicilian Inspector Montalbano. These books are slender and easy to breeze through, but their pleasures are far out of proportion to their size. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grillables | 12/28/2013

    " I picked this up after seeing it recommended for the food-obsessed detective, but I found it a little disjointed and not particularly compelling. I probably won't look for others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 12/24/2013

    " Great book, a light easy read. There was a lot of swearing in it, but I found funny. I wasn't very impressed with the language, but it still is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Aramu | 12/21/2013

    " I have read it in Italian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Andrews | 11/24/2013

    " Love this detective series, based in Sicily. Best to read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Longley | 11/11/2013

    " Fun little romp around Cicilly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/7/2013

    " A very good mystery! I wish I'd read the preceding three, but I appreciated the intelligence of the characters and plot. I thought there were a few aspects that would have been very different if it had been an American novel... I appreciated the change! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 9/24/2013

    " First of these books I have read finished it off after returning from holiday. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/12/2013

    " This is a reread for me. One of the best series in print in my opinion. Andrea Camilleri transports me to Sicily and into Inspector Montalbano's life with in a paragraph or two. Whenever I want a sure thing I pick up the next in this series. When they are done I'll start over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stef | 1/22/2013

    " 4th in a series of Inspector Montalbano mysteries (first one I've read). Montalbano is down-to-earth with a healthy disrespect for authority. Set in Sicily. Bonus food porn. Grover Gardner does a good job of narrating. I will probably pick up the other books in this series at some point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/20/2012

    " Silvo Montalbano: the coolest detective on the planet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/7/2012

    " love these books, wish there were more. listened to audio - the voice of the reader makes it so enjoyable - i dont know if the humor would have been so recognizable - if the book is as funny - the translation must have been exquisite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Holbein | 5/10/2011

    " Camilleri's books about Inspector Montalbano, set in Sicily, are a delight. Interesting characters, complex cases, and a travelogue thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 4/30/2011

    " Inspector Montalbano does it again. Great detective work while enjoying a glimpse of life as a native Italian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/21/2011

    " Another delightful outing by Camilleri's cantankerous Sicilian Inspector Montalbano. These books are slender and easy to breeze through, but their pleasures are far out of proportion to their size. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzel | 1/10/2011

    " BMMTG
    Read a portuguese translation by Simonetta Neto. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/5/2011

    " A very good mystery! I wish I'd read the preceding three, but I appreciated the intelligence of the characters and plot. I thought there were a few aspects that would have been very different if it had been an American novel... I appreciated the change! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 João | 12/26/2010

    " Montalbano always entertains me. Top notch! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/10/2010

    " I love this series. Set in Sicily and with the Mafia still in full operation there's whole different attitude towards the handling of the investigations and solving of crimes. And the Inspedtor has a deep appreciation for food and its preparation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/21/2010

    " Fun. I read it in one day! I like that the setting is Sicily and that they talk about Italian food. I'll see if I can find the rest of the Inspector Montalbano books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aunt | 8/21/2010

    " As interesting as the stories are in this series, Salvo, the main character, always has his mind and heart on food. Even goes so far as describing the ingredients of the meal he is indulging in. It is so Italian! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marzia | 7/30/2010

    " Decent mystery, but I hated the translation and the reading, even if they were the intention of the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 7/2/2010

    " First of these books I have read finished it off after returning from holiday. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 6/3/2010

    " Good mystery set in Sicily. I like it when the characters like food a lot. "

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About the Author
Author Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mysteries as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into television shows in Italy and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter’s Field, won the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.