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Mystery Novels set in Italy

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Michael Dibdin, Aurelio Zen Mystery series. This mystery series, written by an American, are all set in Italy.

Andrea Camilleri, The Commissario Montalbano series. These are best sellers in Italy. Only "The Shape of the Water" has been translated to English so far (available from Barnes and Noble). GB from Helsinki says the books were made into a good TV series (in Italian). The stories are set in Sicily.

Steven Saylor, murders in Ancient Rome series. Dane from TX recommends these.

Janet from NY sends her list of favorite Italian mysteries:

Timothy Holme: British writer with a series of mysteries set in Italy featuring Inspector Achille Peroni. Some titles are The Neopolitan Streak, A Funeral of Gondolas, and The Assisi Murders.

Iain Pears: A mystery series about an art history professor and his wife, a member of the Rome Art police: Death and Restoration, The Raphael Affair, The Titian Committee, The Last Judgement, and Giotto's Hand.

Donna Leon: An American writer living near Venice, series featuring Commisario Guido Brunetti of the Venice policia. Death in a Strange Country, Death at La Fenice, Friends in High Places, Aqua Alta.

For a different twist, murder mysteries set in Ancient Rome: the SPQR series by John Maddox Roberts.

And let's not forget Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Janet recommends this site: www.ucc.ie/italian/mysteries.html - Mysteries and Thrillers set in Italy, by Dr Mark Chu, Department of Italian, University College Cork, Ireland.

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