Category Archives: Italy

Review: INVOLUNTARY WITNESS by Gianrico Carofiglio

I’ve read the second and fourth books in the series focusing on Bari lawyer Guido Guerrieri already, but on reviewing my Audible library recently I discovered the first instalment has been awaiting my ears for several years. It is an … Continue reading

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Review: CONCLAVE by Robert Harris

I was undecided about whether or not to read Robert Harris’ CONCLAVE but a recommendation from a blogger I trust pushed me over the line. Though I’ve liked his historical books I’m not a huge fan of Harris’ contemporary novels … Continue reading

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Review: THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell

I feel the need to start this review with a caveat. I’m carrying the seemingly requisite load of baggage that comes with having been raised a Catholic and subsequently parting ways with that faith. I presume this fact makes me … Continue reading

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Review: THE FEW by Nadia Dalbuono

THE FEW opens with a Roman detective being asked to look into the death of a young man. He’s not officially assigned to the investigation but the request is on behalf of someone important so Detective Leone Scamarcio inserts himself … Continue reading

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Musings: TREASURE HUNT by Andrea Camilleri

As I have thought for a couple of reviews now, there’s really not much you can say about an individual book in the Salvo Montalbano series that hasn’t been said about the previous umpteen books in the series. Aside from … Continue reading

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Musings: THE DANCE OF THE SEAGULL by Andrea Camilleri

Some crime novels that are part of long running series can be read, and reviewed, in isolation while others, like the adventures of Salvo Montalbano, can’t really be appreciated in this way. To me THE DANCE OF THE SEAGULL reads … Continue reading

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Review: THE ASSASSIN’S PRAYER by Ariana Franklin

I embarked on THE ASSASSIN’S PRAYER (aka A MURDEROUS PROCESSION) somewhat wistfully. Having liked its three predecessors very much I wanted to read it but knowing it is the last in the small series gives a finality to my involvement … Continue reading

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Not a Review: THE AGE OF DOUBT by Andrea Camilleri

In the opening pages of THE AGE OF DOUBT its hero must consider his own mortality in a rather peculiar way. He dreams that he has died and not only is he prevented from investigating his own death but his … Continue reading

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Review: I WILL HAVE VENGEANCE by Maurizio De Giovanni

We meet Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi in Naples in 1931. He is as old as the century, unmarried, almost friendless, a policeman. Though he is independently wealthy enough not to have to work for the money he has a different motivation: he sees, … Continue reading

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Review: THE POTTER’S FIELD by Andrea Camilleri

Although I haven’t read all the books in this series I have read enough of them to both know what to expect when opening the front cover of a new one and to eagerly anticipate my expectations being met. Happily … Continue reading

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