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|
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Cold Tuscan Stone Reviews
I feel the setting and the cultural references place this book in an interesting genre. It is a murder mystery but also provides insights into the township of Volterra and the surrounding area of Tuscany in Italy.
Though there are relatively few suspects in this debut murder mystery set in Tuscany, there are a lot of characters and it helps when they take a break to dine or discuss art, giving readers a chance to get acquainted with them. The storyline itself is nicely crafted, if also a little thinly plotted, but given how well structured the environment in which the investigation plays out it hardly matters. A fine start to this series.
It was an interesting little murder mystery and I loved the descriptions of locale, food and drink of Tuscany which is on my bucket list of places to visit. Thank goodness the author had a decent editor and proofreader so I could finish reading the book.
Cold Tuscan Stone
Nice storyline about the theft of artifacts from Italian tombs. The investigators use a civilian to play the role of a potential buyer and expose the thieves. This turns out to create a much more deadly game than any of them ever anticipated.
Loved the setting of this book in a mountain village in Tuscany and the theme of illegal trafficking in ancient artifacts. Brought back memories of a display and presentation on this that I viewed in Rome in 2016 - so the story came across as authentic and contemporary. Reading was good, though perhaps a little more tension would have created a stronger sense of urgency. I will definitely come back to enjoy another adventure of Rick Montoya in his unofficial role as an undercover agent.
This is the first book in a series featuring Rick Montoya, an American with an Italian mother and uncle in Rome. He is recruited by a friend from school who is in the Italian Art Squad to help uncover who is trafficking in the sale of priceless Etruscan antiquities in the town of Volterra. In addition to the mystery, we learn a bit about the ancient Etruscans who carved the beautiful funeral urns and sculptures that are being stolen and sold on the black market.
I'm always looking for a good mystery and when it's set it Italy, that's even better. Rick Montoya is an interesting character, and the set up in this book for a series is well done. The mystery kept me guessing and the cast of characters were well drawn. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Probably more like 3 1/2 stars. This was a new author for me when I picked up a later book in the series [Return to Umbria] and I liked it well enough to go to the library and get the author’s first one, featuring American-Italian interpreter/translator Rick Montoya. He is a personable sleuth, along with the Italian police characters. This first one revolves around art theft and forgeries which I always find interesting. The Italian settings are well described and of course the food plays a majo ...more