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August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery Paperback – February 24, 2009
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''Camilleri's tenth mystery to feature [Inspector] Montalbano (after 2008's Paper Moon) cleverly balances a compelling story line with engaging characters.'' --Publishers Weekly
''Despite its noirish undertones, the perfect beach read for those lucky enough to have found suitable accommodations.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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August Heat is the tenth in a series of Inspector Montalbano stories. Set in the fictional town of Vigata, Sicily, the series for me has always been marked by the larger-than life personality of Inspector Montalbano. Montalbano is a very appealing character. He is a Sicilian with a temper. He doesn't suffer fools gladly even when those fools happen to be authority figures. He has an enormous appetite for good food and each book contains reference to his never ending search for a tasty, well-prepared dish. His relationship with his long-time, long-distance lover, Livia, also plays a recurring role in the series and in "August Heat", the tension between them over the lost boy at the beach house seems to put their relationship in jeopardy.
As a fan of the series I have to admit being a bit disappointed by August Heat. Montalbano's ruminations on his own mortality marked a different tone from the earlier volumes and seemed to be a bit of a drag not only on Montalbano but also on this reader.Read more ›
The inspector is up to his usual tricks when it comes to solving a murder. The characters are well developed, especially the police in Montalbano's department that show up in each of the books. Some definite plot twists in this one. I'd suggest you read the books in order, as there are some references to previous cases and ongoing relationships in his books. A terrific series, great vacation reads.
This is the kind of Montalbano book that you can get lost in. The characters are wonderful, the plot is long and meandering. It's more than a little sexy (and why not? Hot weather brings it out in all of us). Fazio is at his clever best. Livia is far away and of little consequence. Plus, there is a heroic cat named Ruggero and we learn Salvo likes cats. Yay!
This is also one of the best Montalbano movies as well. The story of the beautiful twin sisters, one of whom brilliantly plays Montalbano like a piano.
The story builds and builds to the final pages and the last paragraphs, while Salvo swims and weeps, are unforgettable.
Montalbano is called to the beach house quite a few times over the next nine days as there seems to be a few problems, swarms of cockroaches, spiders and mice seem to have also taken up residents the family are not amused. Some would believe that this house was cursed especially when the little boy suddenly disappears. Montalbano rushes over to solve the case; the boy had fallen into a narrow shaft below the house, the boy is found and pulled to safety. Montalbano never satisfied decides to check what lays underneath the house, not only does he discover a small room below but within a chest a girls dead body. Montalbano mission now was to find out how this girl came to be at her final resting place and who was responsible to take a life so young. Sinister and corrupt forces build a bigger foundation.
Andrea Camilleri has kept this Interesting, he writes it, I read between the lines and pause for thought! Camilleri has chosen to write quiet clearly about the day to day levels of corruption in Sicily; even the little things in every day life and how Montalbano has to deal with those different levels of corruption to get his results.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan, this is one of the best, which is saying a lot given how much fun each volume is to read.Published 1 day ago by Donald R. Emery
August Heat is another's outing for Inspector Montalbano, this time investigating a five year old murder. Good story line and an unexpected twist at the end. Great read.Published 3 months ago by Michael R. Larsen
I love the Montalbano-mysteries, because he is a human being with foibles and idiosyncracies, and yet, he is a thoughtful, persistent dog, and he finds the solution, no matter the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Henriette Lund
Another terrific Montalbano story - I'm reading them all in order. And watching the Italian produced TV series (if you are a fan of the books, the series makes a good companion).Published 4 months ago by Chris
Camilleri is a good writer but can be boring and repetitive. I agree with other reviewers that Catarella has stopped being a joke. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maia
I was getting a bit weary of Inspector M, but this book held my interest. The characters are interesting, as well as Inspector M's interaction with them.Published 7 months ago by Jackie Reuling
give the recipes of the italian dishes. this is a sure thing to sell camilieri's repectitive booksPublished 11 months ago by Emanuel Santos Azeredo C