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Description: Angelica's Smile : Paperback : Penguin Putnam Inc : 9780143123767 : 0143123769 : 31 Jul 2014 : A lovely burglary victim bewitches Inspector Montalbano in the 17th novel in the New York Times bestselling series. Camilleri's latest, A Nest of Vipers, is now available. A rash of burglaries has got Salvo Montalbano stumped. The patterns of the crimes are so similar and so brazen that Montalbano begins to think a criminal mastermind is challenging him. This suspicion is confirmed when he starts receiving menacing letters from the gang leader, the anonymous Mr. Z. Among those burgled is the. The Book Depository Angelica's Smile by Andrea Camilleri - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: R de Bulat

Rating: 5

Review: I put off buying this, the 17 book in the series due to some mixed reviews, but I live this series of books so much that I eventually succumbed. A couple of the later books in the series have not been quite as good as some of the earlier books and I was worried that the author was getting tired or bored with his creation, but found that Angelica's Smile is very much 'Up There' in terms of qaulity of writing and storyline about a mysterious series of house breakings that seem to be linked and the perpetrator is goading the inspector, challenging him to solve the mystery. Montalbano, for his part is less jaded than in some of his most recent cases, but nonetheless, perplexed: is his judgement clouded by his obvious crush on Angelica, old age or what?

 

Author: Paul S

Rating: 3

Review: While I have really enjoyed virtually all of the 18 Montalbano stories I have read to date, Angelica's Smile has sadly not lived up to my hopes and expectations. The plot is the best aspect of this story but other aspects of the novel lessened my overall enjoyment of it. Firstly, I feel too much space is given to describing virtually every meal that Montalbano eats. This struck me as unnecessary as it doesn't add anything pertinent to the plot or anything that we did not already know about Montalbano's character. Secondly, there is a lot more dialogue between Montalbano and Caterella in this novel, with Caterella's unique manner of speaking leading to many misunderstandings. But it also makes Caterella appear more of a figure of fun which spoilt my enjoyment of the plot as without Caterella's computer skills, Montalbano would be unable to do his job. Finally, Montalbano's midlife crises is on full display in this novel and I found this added a degree of melancholy to the overall ambiance of the story. Overall I feel I would have enjoyed this story more if it had been a novella that focussed entirely on the plot which I found intriguing, especially with the clever twist that appears as the story nears its conclusion. Still, while I was mildly disappointed by this story, it wasn't so bad that it will keep me from reading other novels in this wonderful series.

 

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