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Subject: Andrea Camilleri
Date Posted: 11/28/2009 7:16 PM ET
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I was just taking a look at some of his books and they look interesting.  Has anyone read them?

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 7:41 PM ET
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I know that Cheryl has read a few and seems to really enjoy them.  (Perhaps she'll check in!)

I have the first in the series sitting here but I haven't read it yet because I'm still peeved that it arrived with water damage.  Grrr.  I'll get over it though.  The book is still readable.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 7:58 PM ET
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If you read it let me know how you like it.

I have the first Charles Dodd book sitting on my TBR pile all water damaged and neglected.  I keep on passing it over for things I can post!

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 8:39 PM ET
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I read the first in the Camilleri series, and it was decent, but I decided not to continue with it.  I guess it just wasn't compelling, and there are too many other books I wanted to read more.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 11:26 PM ET
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I love the series--it's such a total culture shock at first--I didn't rave about the first couple but liked them well enough to continue...and once you get to know the main character better and the secondary characters too, it goes better. Montalbano is a real grump, and these are not at all cozy...there is humor, there is a certain poignancy, and as I say, the whole culture thing. the attitude about government, crime, etc-- and especially the freshly prepared foods!! mouth watering!!--the whole package just rolls into a really different series. They read really quickly.

I highly recommend them--at least giving them a good try. Of course, everyone's tastes are different. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 2:41 PM ET
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I am a  fan of Andrea Camilleri.  His books have been turned in to a popular TV series in Italy.  I tend to like detective mysteries set in interesting locations by authors like Donna Leon, Cara Black, Louise Penny, Magdalena Nabb, Colin Cotterill, Eliot Pattison, John Harvey, etc.  I am a huge fan of Barbara Nadel who writes about Inspector Ikmen in modern day Istanbul.  Camilleri's Montalbano reminds me of  Ikmen.  I enjoy the setting of Sicily and the food, politics, history, etc., but, if I had a choice, I would choose Nadel first.

All of the above authors have created wonderful characters with "character", who are, in many cases, trying to do the right thing against the odds of politics, administrations, egos.  They are not goody-goodies, but terrifically interesting and Montalbano can be outrageous and funny.

There was a terrific thread in Mysteries & Thrillers a while ago where I found some excellent authors who wrote about foreign settings.  Cheryl (Spuddie) might remember the title.

Found it!  What are your favorite "foreign" mystery series?  Cheryl started it.  I am going to post some recent recommendations on it: Grace Brophy, Steig Larson, and Gianrico Carofiglio.



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Date Posted: 11/29/2009 3:21 PM ET
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They sound like something I would love, actually.  And Susan - I'm also making a note of some of the others you have listed above. Thanks for the input!

My TBR list is about to become even more outrageous.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 3:29 PM ET
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Caviglia, you are in for some good travel.

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 3:39 PM ET
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I guess I need to begin this series.  One of the things that I like so much about Donna Leon's Brunetti series is the fact that Venice, the city itself, is such a central character in the books.  I love it when authors make the settings of their works come to life.  C. J. Box does this with Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain west. Sounds like Camilleri is going to become a must read author for me.