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Il sorriso di Angelica

Ctor of the love interest in Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric romance Orlando Furioso Besotted by Angelica’s charms Montalbano imagines himself back in the medieval world of jousts and battles But when one of the burglars turns up dead Montalbano must snap out of his fantasy and unmask his challeng. 35 for the bookI listened to the Grover Gardner audiobook while periodically glancing at the Kindle edition s notes Gardner is a marvellous narrator so I would give the audiobook edition a boost to 4This entry in the series had a bit less about Montalbano s food which was a shame as I love that part He is struggling with aging as he is about my age I can sympathize with that However I thought that the mystery part was not one of Camilleri s better efforts Not bad but not as engrossing or puzzling as in some of the previous books

REVIEW Il sorriso di Angelica

Cend to even greater heights A rash of burglaries has got Inspector Salvo Montalbano stumped The criminals are so brazen that their leader the anonymous Mr Z starts sending the Sicilian inspector menacing letters Among those burgled is the young and beautiful Angelica Cosulich who reminds the inspe. Andrea Camilleri tells gorgeous and horrendous tales of Inspector Salvatore Salvo Montalbano s police cases in Vigata a fictitious city near Palermo Sicily Every book stands alone and after you ve read Inspector Montalbano a few times you feel like you know himInspector Montalbano engages the reader with his uick thinking humanity and delectable enjoyment of life Montalbano often gets to work at ten and comes home at ten but usually takes time to eat well at Enzo s trattoria and get in a nice post lunch walk down to the lighthouse where he thinks and digests his mealMontalbano is patient He rushes only when a case reuires uick work He gets a little bit of work done as well Montalbano may not be erudite but he s sensitive and dogged in his pursuit of the truth He makes his own luck by piecing together facts about people and crimes he s gathered over his long service he s fifty eight in this bookSalvatore is a lover who will never rid his mind of the young man s first discovery of the species female There is the usual running joke between Montalbano and his girlfriend Livia Livia lives in Genoa on the Ligurian Sea Their long distance romance feeds the jealous thoughts of each In Angelica s Smile there are hilarious scenes that build the back of the book on Salvo s desires and his distrust of LiviaBy day Salvo works with the dependable Giuseppe Fazio and the incorrigibly mispronouncing Catarella At night Montalbano sits outside in the veranda that overlooks the sea and drinks whiskey and smokes cigarettes while he ponders his latest caseCamilleri tells stories mostly through short to the point dialog His third person narration is spare and reserved for commentary witty and comical information and stage directions The pale pages turn uickly


The seventeenth installment of the beloved New York Times bestselling series that boasts than 600000 books in print The last four books in Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series have leapfrogged their way up the New York Times bestseller list perfectly positioning Angelica’s Smile to as. like a 35As usual with these books the focus in this story isn t so much on the crime or the crime solving but instead on Inspector Salvo Montalbano and the people surrounding him This one is a little on the personal side with less reference to the social economic and political issues that Camilleri usually brings to his work Our beloved inspector is now just two years short of sixty and as in the last few books he continues to muse about aging and growing older throughout the novel He s still with long time girlfriend Livia and as the story opens she is at Marinella with him for a few days As he s worrying about someone named Carlo she mentioned while talking in her sleep and getting upset by the moment he is called to the scene of an odd burglary The couple that was robbed had been at their seaside home where they d awakened at six am only to discover that they d been knocked out with some sort of gas while the burglars had the run of the place It was their anniversary and they were entertaining each other at the time so neither person heard any sort of break in Among a long list of valuables taken from the seaside house the thieves stole their car and then proceeded to rob their regular residence The only people who knew that the couple were going to be away were fifteen of their friends As things turn out there had been another burglary an exact duplicate just three days earlier and it isn t too long before the same thing happens again When Montalbano is called out on yet another he meets the titular and beautiful Angelica the victim and also the spitting image of a woman he used to lust over as a teen in Dore s illustrations of Ludovico Ariosto s 1516 work Orlando Furiosio a poem about war and love and the romantic ideal of chivalry After seeing her for the first time he s immediately swept off his feet and definitely attracted But even while he s mentally and physically lusting after his Angelica as well as playing the role of her rescuer there is still a number of crimes to solve including a murder and as an added distraction the mastermind of the crimes is taunting the police And of course there s Livia While it s pretty funny to see Montalbano as a loopy lovesick puppy completely smitten by this reincarnation of his teenage fantasies and while Camilleri continues his long standing tradition of inserting colorful characters into the mix let me offer a word of warning here as far as the crime solving goes I made the huge mistake of going to Sartarelli s notes in the back re the poem Orlando Furioso a natural inclination and twigged the entire plot all at once Not the why of it mind you but trust me if you read carefully it s all there metaphorically speaking I figured out much than I should have at an early stage and ended up being disappointed an adjective I don t generally use when it comes to this series of books And then there s this I m wondering if the author is getting a little tired this book just didn t seem to have the same oomph as his earlier Montalbano adventures that have been so lively up to this point Still it s a fun read and in that vein I have to say that I probably haven t had so many good laughs with any other crime fiction series as I have with this one Like I ve said before you don t read Camilleri s novels for the crime it s all about the characters

About the Author: Andrea Camilleri

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 centuriesOriginally 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 PartyFr

10 thoughts on “Il sorriso di Angelica

  1. says:

    like a 35As usual with these books the focus in this story isn't so much on the crime or the crime solving but instead on Inspector

  2. says:

    Angelica's Smile is a contemporary crime novel that reads like a classic Few are the elements that betray the time the plot takes place It's not too good not too bad The prose is stripped of unnecessary descriptions and sticks to the point Personally I didn't mind since I found it suitable to the story Development wise it's or less flawless The plot unravels in a flowing manner and the mystery is uite intere

  3. says:

    In the novel Thrones Dominations jointly penned by the late Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh protagonist Harriet Vane herself a mystery writer states that a mystery novel without a murder isn’t worth reading Andrea Camillieri in Angelica’s Smile the 17th novel to feature Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano proves that dead wrong — if you’ll pardon the pun The Vigàta police are beset with a string of complicated burglaries and wh

  4. says:

    Andrea Camilleri tells gorgeous and horrendous tales of Inspector Salvatore Salvo Montalbano’s police cases in Vigata a fictitious

  5. says:

    Angelica’s Smile – Sunny Montalabano MysteryI have an admission I love Inspector Montalabano since I first saw the subtitled Italian series to reading the books while the bad guys get caught you are able to salivate at the meals and laugh with and at Montalabano Like many Brits I discovered the joys of Andrea Camilleri’s prose from th

  6. says:

    The silver lining of reduced mobility of a painful back condition is the need to sit upright and rest up which allows me to read No better book to read than an Inspector Montalbano mystery Angelica's Smile is the seventeenth in the series that remains strong and original addressing crime in modern day SicilyThe detective shares many of my t

  7. says:

    It took me 17 books to realise that dear old Inspector Montalbano is simply a bit of a filthy old man who enjoys salivating over pre

  8. says:

    35 for the bookI listened to the Grover Gardner audiobook while periodically glancing at the Kindle edition's notes Gardner is a marvellous narrator so I would give the audiobook edition a boost to 4This entry in the series had a bit less about Montalbano's food which was a shame as I love that part He is stru

  9. says:

    Years ago when I first heard that HBO decided that Detroit was a setting for a series featuring a male heterosexual prostitute I thought There? They've got to be kidding But perhaps they were onto something after all We learn in this book that the main character Angelica keeps a love nest let's say for just such individ

  10. says:

    When you read every book in a series as extended as this one its a long term relationship where mutual flaws are f

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