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Italian Mysteries

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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 16 more installments -- and counting. (ITL528, $15.00)

The Terracotta Dog

The Terracotta Dog

by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Number two in the wildly popular Inspector Montalbano series. Among its many pleasures is Camilleri's wry send-up of Sicilian society and politics. (ITL529, $15.00)

The Snack Thief

The Snack Thief

by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The third book in the bestselling series starring the irresistible Inspector Montalbano. (ITL530, $15.00)

Voice of the Violin

Voice of the Violin

by Andrea Camilleri | Stephen Sartarelli

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The fourth installment in the popular Inspector Montalbano series, complete with a quirky cast of Sicilian characters. (ITL537, $15.00)

The Excursion to Tindari

The Excursion to Tindari

by Andrea Camilleri | Stephen Sartarelli

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Book number five in Camilleri's Inspector Montalban series. The sly, overworked inspector has his hands full in this satisfyingly complex tale set in contemporary Sicily. (ITL616, $15.00)

The Smell of the Night

The Smell of the Night

by Andrea Camilleri | Stephen Sartarelli

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Book number six in Camilleri's serres starring the world-weary, earthy Inspector Montalban (made into a wildly popular television series in Italy). In this installment the sly detective is on the trail of a financier who has disappeared with milllions. (ITL617, $15.00)

Rounding the Mark

Rounding the Mark

by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Book number seven in Camilleri's absorbing series starring the world-weary, earthy Inspector Montalbano. (ITL722, $15.00)

The Patience of the Spider

The Patience of the Spider

by Stephen Sartarelli | Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Book number eight in Camilleri's series, starring the world-weary, earthy -- and now aging not so gracefully -- Inspector Montalbano (made into a wildly popular television series in Italy). (ITL826, $15.00)

The Paper Moon

The Paper Moon

by Andrea Camilleri | Stephen Sartarelli

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Inspector Montalbano becomes embroiled in another complex case in this, Camilleri's ninth book in the series. As he investigates the death of a man shot in the face at point-blank range with his pants down, Montalbano finds himself dealing with two beautiful but evasive women as prime suspects, mysterious computer codes, threatening letters, and dirty cocaine that turn Vigata police headquarters upside down. (ITL898, $15.00)

August Heat

August Heat

by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this tenth installment in Andrea Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano series (made into a television series in Italy), our hero's seaside vacation in Vigata heats up (pun intended) when the body of a teenage girl turns up -- in the basement of his rented villa. (ITL942, $14.00)

End Games

End Games

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Murder, eccentric millionaires, American film scouts and buried treasure all figure prominently in Dibdin's last Zen mystery, set in the hill towns of Calabria. (ITL873, $15.00)

Ratking

Ratking

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1997
  • PAPER

Venetian crime investigator Aurelio Zen goes after the kidnappers of a Perugian industrialist in this enjoyable thriller, winner of the Gold Dagger Award (and first book in the series). (ITL622, $15.00)

Vendetta

Vendetta

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

An eccentric billionaire, his wife and guests are gunned down Mob-style in his Sardinian villa in this second book in the Aurelio Zen series. (ITL621, $15.00)

Cabal

Cabal

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. (ITL620, $13.95)

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Dead Lagoon, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

Dibdin -- a master of ambiguous settings, shady dealings and fast-paced prose -- returns to Venice in this sixth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series. (ITL577, $14.95)

Cosi Fan Tutti

Cosi Fan Tutti

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Romantic entanglements complicate the investigation of a murder in Naples in this installment of the enjoyable series. (ITL623, $14.95)

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

A Long Finish, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Another enjoyable "Aurelio Zen Mystery" from Michael Dibdin, this time private investigator Zen is in Rome and Alba, enjoying wonderful wine and food while uncovering a murderous plot that may jeopardize the Piemontese wine industry. (ITL193, $14.95)

Blood Rain

Blood Rain

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Much of the action on this installment in the enjoyable Aurelio Zen series is set in and around Catania in Sicily, a place that our world-weary detective had always hoped to avoid. (ITL624, $15.00)

Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In this ninth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series, our worldly detective investigates a mysterious corpse in a long-abandoned military tunnel in the Dolomites. (ITL576, $15.00)

And Then You Die

And Then You Die

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2003
  • PAPER

Dibdin's stylish, dark detective is hiding out at a beach resort in Tuscany in this installment of the Aurelio Zen series. (ITL619, $14.00)

Back to Bologna

Back to Bologna

by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Dibdin shows a lighter touch in this installment in the marvelous Aurelio Zen mysteries. (ITL746, $14.95)

About Face

About Face

by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This delicious 18th installment in Donna Leon's entertaining series finds urbane Commissario Brunetti on the trail of ... garbage! Leon lightens the plot (corruption, murder, toxic waste and trucking, etc) with leisurely meals, family encounters and the pleasures of daily life in Venice. The title refers to a subplot about a great beauty ruined by an unfortunate facelift. (ITA54, $14.00)

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice

by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater. (ITL555, $14.99)

 
A Noble Radiance

A Noble Radiance


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Number seven in the Guido Brunetti mysteries, all memorably set in contemporary Venice. For some readers, this installment is the best yet. A body is found on the estate of a local landowner at the foot of the Dolomites. (ITL557, $15.00)

A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This tenth mystery in the entertaining series follows the tribulations of Signorina Elettra, the urbane Brunetti's secretary, who falls in love with a young(er) man on a visit to Pellestrina, one of the long islands that shelters the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic. (ITA55, $15.00)

Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Number five in the series, this is another in Donna Leon's satisfying, wonderfully erudite Guido Brunetti mysteries. In this installment, a body is discovered in the home of diva Flavia Petrelli. (ITL559, $15.00)

Blood from a Stone

Blood from a Stone


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this, the 14th installment in Donna Leon's wonderfully satisfying Guido Brunetti mysteries, a Senegalese peddler is shot down in a public square (on a cold Venetian night...). (ITL615, $15.00)

Death and Judgment

Death and Judgment


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In the fourth installment in the enormously satisfying Guido Brunetti series, the Commissario investigates suspicious happenings in Santa Lucia, Venice and the Dolomites. (ITL745, $15.00)

Death in a Strange Country

Death in a Strange Country


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This, the second Brunetti mystery, opens with a body of an American soldier in a Venetian Canal. (ITL556, $14.00)

Death of an Englishman

Death of an Englishman


by Magdalen Nabb

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The debut of Nabb's highly readable, atmospheric Marshal Guarnaccia series, set in Florence on Christmas Eve. (ITL639, $9.99)

Doctored Evidence

Doctored Evidence


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Another in Donna Leon's satisfying, wonderfully erudite Guido Brunetti mysteries set in Venice. In this installment, a miserly, unpleasant woman is found murdered and all eyes, at least until our hero arrives, point to her Romanian housekeeper. (ITL613, $15.00)

Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Book number three Donna Leon's satisfying, wonderfully erudite Guido Brunetti mysteries set in Venice. (ITL614, $15.00)

Fatal Remedies

Fatal Remedies


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Commissario Brunetti returns in the latest installment of Leon's popular mystery series. (ITL856, $14.00)

Friends in High Places

Friends in High Places


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

The tenth in the excellent Comissario Brunetti series, this mystery follows the investigation of a bureaucrat's dubious fall from a scaffold. (ITL968, $15.00)

Quietly in Their Sleep

Quietly in Their Sleep


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The sixth book in Leon's satisfying series, originally published as Death of Faith in 1997. (ITL833, $15.00)

Suffer the Little Children

Suffer the Little Children


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Leon's 16th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery delves into the world of doctors and medicine in a wonderfully realized contemporary Venice. (ITL834, $15.00)

The Girl of His Dreams

The Girl of His Dreams


by Donna Leon

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Now in paper! Thickly plotted and as imbued as ever with the atmosphere of Venice, The Girl of His Dreams, 17th in the series, opens with the funeral of Brunetti's mother. Going undercover (and besotted), the detective investigates, among other things, a mysterious religious sect and the suspicious death of a gypsy girl. (ITL940, $16.00)

The Marshal Makes His Report

The Marshal Makes His Report


by Magdalen Nabb

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Marshal Guarnaccia investigates the suspicious suicide of a Florentine aristocrat in the eighth installment of Nabb's excellent series. (ITL972, $14.00)

The Marshal's Own Case

The Marshal's Own Case


by Magdalen Nabb

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

In the seventh book in Nabb's fast-paced, atmospheric series, Inspector Guarnaccia must navigate the underbelly of Florentine society after a transvestite prostitute is found dead. (ITL971, $14.00)

The Rainaldi Quartet


by Paul Adam

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Memorably set among the luthiers of Cremona, this is one of a series of favorite mysteries recused by the good folks at Felony & Mayhem. (ITL887, $14.95)

Through a Glass, Darkly

Through a Glass, Darkly


by Donna Leon

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The secrets of the Murano glass factories unfold as Brunetti, with the help of an annotated Dante's "Inferno," discovers a body that may reveal the mystery of the polluted Venetian waters in Number 15 in the enormously satisfying, wonderfully erudite series. (ITL714, $15.00)

Vita Nuova

Vita Nuova


by Magdalen Nabb

  • MYSTERY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In the final installment in the Marshal Guarnaccia series, our hero is stuck working through the month of August in a Florence that's "pretty empty except for tourists." Things heat up in more ways than one when the marshal investigates a murder at a ritzy villa whose owner has connections with the sex trade. (ITL938, $13.00)

Brunetti's Venice, Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective

Brunetti's Venice, Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective


by Toni Sepeda | Donna Leon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Interpolating passages from Donna Leon's beloved novels, this literature guide is organized as a series of 12 terrifically informative walking tours, aimed at both mystery fans and actual visitors to Venice. (ITA52, $16.95)

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