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Cold Tuscan Stone

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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ISBN : 9781464201929
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 212 pages
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Cold Tuscan Stone Reviews

  • Melissa

    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.

  • Hw Huyler

    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.

  • Mary

    "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

  • Michael Dunn

    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
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  • Rich Bisanz

    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.

  • Susan Moore

    Quite good

  • Lynda Lock

    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.

  • Stanley McShane

    Artifacts Smuggled

    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