Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano Series #5)

Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano Series #5)


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“The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily.” —Donna Leon 

A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment building one morning, and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari—two seemingly unrelated cases for Inspector Montalbano to solve amid the daily complications of life at Vigàta police headquarters. But when Montalbano discovers that the couple and the murdered young man lived in the same building, his investigation stumbles onto Sicily's brutal "New Mafia," which leads him down a path more evil and far-reaching than any he has been on before.

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ISBN-13: 9780143034605
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Inspector Montalbano Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 340,924
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano mystery series, bestsellers in Italy and Germany, has been adapted for Italian television and translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch, and Swedish. He lives in Rome.
Stephen Sartarelli lives in upstate New York.

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Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
blueberryNY More than 1 year ago
Have read a number of novels in the Inspector Montalbano series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Montalbano himself is roguish, insightful, and philosophical. However, it's his understanding of the human condition that makes him an outstanding detective, as he often finds himself caught between the most beautiful and the ugliest aspects of life. Montalbano's functionality is rooted in his awareness of the nature of people and events in his locale. He is as much a part of the landscape as the tree he muses beneath and the sea he contemplates. Wonderfully idiosyncratic characters populate these books, as well as incomparable local color and lore. Told with wit and style, these mysteries are more than simply whodunits, but journeys into the human heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excursion to Tindari is #5 in the Inspector Montalbano series. Fans, and newcomers, will not be disappointed. Twists, turns, mysteries and the subtle humor that is the trademark of these addicting stories are all present here. Get it, you will love it.
ffortsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How delightfully funny this book is! Even more than the preceding ones, it made me laugh as well as puzzle. The slapstick was amost worthy of Clouseau, the puzzle intricate, the characters delicious. A zillion stars
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book Report: Fifth of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series set in fictional Vigata, Sicily, this outing sees Montalbano and his team dealing with a homicide, a double disappearance, and a bad case of lovin' you for the Inspector and his chief henchman as their respective relationships head into perilous waters. That is as nothing, though, compared to the murder of a too-wealthy twenty-year-old computer whiz who is in so far over his head that teasing out the whys and wherefores of his death leads Montalbano directly to the pinnacle of the Mafia food chain, and the resolution of the double disappearance...actually a double homicide...and the end of particularly vile, despicable, reprehensible, inexcusable business. For good? Probably not. For better, yes.My Review: Camilleri doesn't disappoint in this outing for the hapless Mimi Augello, the surprisingly astute Catarella, and the Inspector himself. A web spins around Vigata (modeled after Porto Empedocle, Camilleri's home, which has actually added "Vigata" to its name to capitalize on the tourists following Montalbano around!) that seems at first to mean one thing, then another, then when you're SURE it means ANOTHER thing, *bam* there it is, the real source of all the trouble...and this time it was one I so totally never saw coming that I reeled backwards in shock, just like in the old cartoons. (Never mind that I was comfortably recumbent in the bed, don't be a spoilsport, the image works.)Montalbano's highly imperfect character...too fond of his food yet never gets fat, treats Livia with what can charitably be called a highly trusting light maintenance, is so jealous of Augello's gal-pal in Pavia (like being from Massachusetts to a Texan) that he sets out with malice aforethought to get poor Mimi to forget her by introducing him to a witness in the double disappearance case, who just happens to be tall, blonde, blue-eyed, and a major foodie who has no family outside Vigata...which ploy works like a champ, may I add...grows deeper in this entry, and in some surprising ways. Upstanding yet spiteful, insubordinate yet deftly political, Montalbano makes each twist and every turn just that much more fun to take with Camilleri.These are hugely popular books in the rest of the world, and the TV series is huge in Europe, and they are like all fueled by the same basic engine: Real drama comes from inside complex characters, their different facets all whirling chaotically to create the energy to drive the story. Well, yes.Now will SOMEONE please translate Camilleri's non-Montalbano novel "Noah's Umbrella"?!? I *have* to know what it's about!
sjmccreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily. It follows the same formula that the earlier books have established - 2 seemingly unrelated mysteries arise at the same time and Montalbano is the only one who can find the key element that ties them together, thus solving both cases. This time, the two mysteries are the disappearance of an elderly, retired couple, and the murder of a young man who lived in the same building. The couple are quiet and keep to themselves, with few friends. The young man is a playboy who makes erotic home videos, and a writer. They did not know each other.I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. As I mentioned above - the formula is too apparent. The elements in the other books that added so much were simply not present here. Salvo's love of food, his pleasure and enjoyment of his meals, which seemed almost erotic in earlier books, is barely mentioned in this one. His relationship with Livia consisted of only 3 or 4 phone calls in this book. And, all of a sudden, he is getting along with Mimi and is worried about the other man's plans to get married to a woman in another city because it might cause him to request a transfer out of Vigata. Without these diversions, what we are left with in this book is a detective who pulls conclusions out of the air, since the clues are not shared with the reader. I hate that - I want to be shown enough evidence to be able to solve the mystery on my own (not that I ever can, but it's nice to be able to look back and see all the clues that were right there in front of me). This has always been the case in this series, but was not so glaringly obvious before. This is a long series, and it's bound to happen that some books are not up to the standard of the othes, so I am not giving up on Salvo Montalbano yet. I still love the series, but this book was a disappointment.
dcnorm1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first encounter with Andrea Camilliri, and while I'm not a fanatic about mysteries, this one got me -- for the often coarse and pungent dialogs, the sense of irony that infuses almost all the characters (very Italian?), and some insights into what makes Italy work despite all its problems.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5th in the Inspector Montalbano series.A young punk with a taste for women and more money than can really be accounted for is murdered at his front door. At the same time, an elderly couple that was part of an excursion to the shrine at Tindari is missing, leaving a middle-aged son frantic with worry. Seemingly unrelated cases¿except that the young man and the elderly couple lived in the same building which, of course, it too much for Montalbano to dismiss. In addition, Livia is throwing temper tantrums, and Augello is trying to transfer to Pavia in order to be with his new fiancée, throwing Montalbano into a panic at the thought of losing a member of his precious Vigáta team.And so starts the 5th installment that includes all the well-known and eagerly awaited characters in Vigáta and outside it. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. Montalbano, thank God, hasn¿t changed, and the rest of his world stars in support but with well-defined and lovingly drawn personalities of their own. The humor is still there, the plotting is still good, and the food is still mouth-watering.Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago