Gialli! Italian Mysteries

Annotation:This fan website offers extensive coverage of mystery series set in Italy as well as information on film and television adaptations.

The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water By Camilleri, Andrea Paperback - 2005 MYSTERY C and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3

Annotation:The first mystery featuring Inspector Montalbano, set in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigàta. The author on his award-winning series: "In many crime novels, the events seem detached from the context. I deliberately decided to smuggle in a critical commentary on my times."

Bandit Love
Bandit Love By Carlotto, Massimo, 1956- Book - 2010 MYSTERY C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Hard-boiled Mediterranean noir. Like the author, Carlotto's private investigator protagonist, the Alligator, and served time for a crime he didn't commit. Set in Padua.

A Walk in the Dark
A Walk in the Dark By Carofiglio, Gianrico, 1961- Paperback - 2010 FIC C All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The second novel in the Guido Guerrieri series set in Bari. Suspense and solid character development are on offer in these legal thrillers written by a former anti-mafia prosecutor.

Ratking
Ratking By Dibdin, Michael Paperback - 1989 MYSTERY D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The first Aurelio Zen mystery from acclaimed British crime writer Michael Dibdin. The somewhat jaded Commissario Zen, a Venetian by birth, navigates the police bureaucracy in Rome, trying to achieve some good without doing harm to himself.

The Dogs of Rome
The Dogs of Rome A Commissario Alec Blume Novel By Fitzgerald, Conor Book - 2010 MYSTERY F and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:The first gritty mystery featuring Commissario Alec Blume, an American ex-patriate living in Rome.

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana By Gadda, Carlo Emilio, 1893-1973 Book - 2007 FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"Gadda’s sublimely different detective story presents a scathing picture of fascist Italy while tracking the elusiveness of the truth, the impossibility of proof, and the infinite complexity of the workings of fate, showing how they come into conflict with the demands of justice and love." (NYRB) Translated by William Weaver.

A Season for the Dead
A Season for the Dead By Hewson, David Book - 2004 MYSTERY H

Annotation:Meet Nic Costa, an idealistic young police detective with a passion for art and for running. Both of these will be useful as he investigates a multiple murder with connections to the Vatican. Set in Rome.

Death at La Fenice
Death at La Fenice A Novel of Suspense By Leon, Donna Paperback - 2001 MYSTERY L All copies in use Availability details Holds: 23

Annotation:Commissario Guido Brunetti loves his family, his city, his food and reads Tacitus on his terrace in his quiet moments. He's also a persistent and insightful detective who usually solves the crime even if he knows that the culprit won't necessarily be brought to justice. Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Venice as well as a subtle look at the corruption in contemporary Italian society in this popular series.

Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche By Lucarelli, Carlo, 1960- Book - 2006 MYSTERY L

Annotation:This brief but breathless novel is the first in the Commissario De Luca trilogy. Set in Milan in April 1945 as Mussolini and fascist party members are attempting to flee to Switzerland, where justice and politics don't mix.

The Damned Season
The Damned Season By Lucarelli, Carlo, 1960- Book - 2007 FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In the second De Luca novel, the commissario, who is on the run, is unwillingly drawn into a grisly murder investigation.

Via Delle Oche
Via Delle Oche By Lucarelli, Carlo, 1960- Book - 2008 MYSTERY L In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Bologna in 1948. As Commissario De Luca investigates a death in the city's red light district, the reader gains insight into the chaos of post-war Italy.

Death of An Englishman
Death of An Englishman By Nabb, Magdalen, 1947-2007 Book - 2001 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The first Maresciallo Guarnaccia mystery, set in Florence. The seemingly phlegmatic Marshall, a transplant from Sicily, is a more acute observer and thinker than some give him credit for. The fact that Nabb lived in Florence for over 30 years is apparent in her intimate portrait of the city.

The Day of the Owl
The Day of the Owl By Sciascia, Leonardo Book - 2003 FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An eager new police captain working to solve a murder is at cross purposes with the real authority in town. A penetrating look at how the mafia works, how the truth is kept hidden from the master of the metaphysical mystery. Set in Sicily.

To Each His Own
To Each His Own By Sciascia, Leonardo Book - 2000 FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An amatuer sleuth unwinds a web of intrigue, corruption and murder, violating the tacit rules of his small Sicilian community with tragic results.

Territorial Rights
Territorial Rights By Spark, Muriel Book - 1979 FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This chillingly hillarious caper set in Venice is not a traditional mystery. Muriel Spark offers up political and romantic intrigue in her classic nuanced and shrewdly observed style.

These Dark Things
These Dark Things A Novel By Weiss, Jan Merete Book - 2011 MYSTERY W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The first book in a new series featuring Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri. Set in Naples.

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Feel like heading to Rome, Venice, Florence, Bari? How about a trip to Sicily? Be warned! This is no tourist trip; these mysteries set in Italy examine what lies underneath the centuries of art and culture, delicious food and glorious landscapes. Our list includes Italian writers in translation as well as English language novelists and a range of popular to more literary fiction.


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