Rick Montoya has just moved from Santa Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. Hes beginning to embrace la dolce vita when school friend Beppo, now senior in the Italian Art Squad, recruits Rick for an unofficial undercover role. Armed with a list of galleries, suspects, and an expense account, Rick would arrive in Tuscany posing as a buyer for a Santa Fe gallery and flush out traffickers in priceless burial urns. But, before sunset on his first day in Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with a gallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Has the trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickers already on to Rick? The local Commissario and his team consider Rick an amateur, and worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect in what proves to be the dead mans murder. While the Volterra squad pursues its leads, Rick and the Volterra museum director continue to interview his list: a top gallery owner,...
|Title||:||Cold Tuscan Stone|
|Number of Pages||:||212 pages|
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Cold Tuscan Stone Reviews
I could never get fully engaged in reading the book or very interested in the mystery or finding out who the villain was. I will probably note read another in the series.
Great story, well worth reading, an Italian-American Interpreter becomes an undercover detective
An Italian-American Interpreter becomes an undercover detective and asked or assigned to ferret out artifact thefts from a city in Italy.
"Cold Tuscan Stone" is the first in a series of mysteries set in Italy. David P. Wagner does a good job of establishing the character and setting. Our lead character, Rick Montoya, is a dual-nationality Italian-American. His father was a diplomat and his mother is Italian. Rick has ties to New Mexico, but he is making a living in Rome as a translator. When a school friend who is in the Italian cultural ministry asks Rick to pose as an art buyer in order to unmask illegal antiquities trading, Ric ...more
A first effort and it shows.
The book plods along for 150+ pages. mostly is a travelogue for Volterra, the town.
I easily guessed the guilty party when first introduced.
The main character is personable, if a bit naïve, but then he's not a trained investigator.
The girlfriend is an annoying bitch, wonder why the character is sodden with her. I hope she disappears.
The story did contain some good red herrings and such a good twist for the ending, though the final scene was not believable. I like the m ...more
This book is an accurate portrait of italian life
Thank you David for transporting me back to a country I love. Although my family is from Sicily, I love the Hill country. When you read this book and you must, you will find a delightful group of characters with a sense of humor. A good mystery unfolds and the writing keeps your interest. Thanks.
Great read. Lots of history, intrigue, mystery - plus food and wine! Perfect for me. We visited the city of Volterra in 2012 but only for a few hours. Now I wish we had wandered the streets and sampled the delicious food.
Graves and burials are never permanent. Etruscan artifacts holding remains of their citizens placed centuries ago are unearthed and sold as objects of art. A sting operation hopes to trap the thieves. A fun read with twists. C E Williams FFGR