"Wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction... altogether transporting."A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
The new novel in the irresistible New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series
A wave of refugees has arrived on the Sicilian coast, and Inspector Montalbano and his team have been stationed at port, alongside countless volunteers, to receive and assist the newcomers. Meanwhile, Livia has promised their presence at a friend's wedding, and the inspector, agreeing to get a new suit tailored, meets the charming master seamstress Elena Biasini. But while on duty at the dock one late night, tragedy strikes, and Elena is found gruesomely murdered. Between managing the growing crowds at the landing, Montalbano delves into the world of garments, in the company of an orphaned cat, where he works to weave together the loose threads of the unsolved crimes and close the case.
About the Author
Andrea Camilleri, a mega-bestseller in Italy and Germany, is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into Italian TV shows and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter's Field, won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger Award and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and the author of three books of poetry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve been a huge fan of Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series for years, and am sad to hear that he has passed away. I hope there are maybe a few more books remaining to be translated into English. But, right now, The Other End of the Line is the most recent title in English, and I enjoyed reading it very much, while trying not to remember that there won’t be (m)any more. One of the things I have always liked about Inspector Montalbano is his essential kindness underneath his usually world-weary and frustrated, but sometimes just overwhelmed, shell. And that shows in this book in the way Camilleri addresses the very-current refugee crisis in Sicily, which is one of the most refugee-impacted areas in the EU. (IMS, Camilleri has also tackled this in at least one earlier title as well ???) In his combination of world-weariness and kindness, Insp Montalbano reminds me a lot of Donna Leon’s Insp Brunetti, who also tackles timely social justice issues with quite a bit of cynicism, while simultaneously remaining essentially compassionate. But of course there is also a mystery to be resolved, and in this case, while puzzling over the crime, I also got to learn a bit about the clothing/garment trade, which is something I didn’t know much about. All-in-all, I thought this was a great entry in this series. As always, I try to imagine if this would be easily read by someone who hasn’t read the whole series, and in this case, I think you could read this and still enjoy it without reading prior titles. However, I also think you would enjoy it more if you have read at least some of the earlier books. Things like Montalbano’s relationship with Livia have developed over many books, and so at least some past experience with the series would probably help. Finally, I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this title, in exchange for my honest review.
As usual enjoyed the humor. Very good plot.