Thursday, September 4, 2014
Death in the Dolomites - Review
Death in the Dolomites by David P. Wagner
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: Rick Montoya, an American with Italian roots, living in Italy and working as a translator, is asked to help with an American goes missing in Campiglio. In this tourist town filled with skiers there are as many suspects as questions.
Why I Picked This Book: I'm not sure I've ever read a book set in the Italian Alps. I couldn't pass this one up!
Pros: I really enjoyed the setting in this one and it plays a very prominent role. There's food and wine discussed, little bits of Italian and of course lots of skiing. You definitely get a feel for the town which if you're reading a book set in the Italian Alps is kind of the point! I really enjoyed the 3 main characters - Rick, his friend Flavio, and Flavio's friend and local police officer Luca. All 3 men were likable and intelligent. The mystery itself was well done and the investigation unfolded bit by bit in a really natural feeling manner. Since Rick is an English/Italian translator with ties to the police department ti made sense as to why he would be called in to help with the investigation into a missing American whose sister speaks only English. While this wasn't the most fast paced book I've read it was one I enjoyed reading and always looked forward to picking up.
Cons: Some of the secondary characters blended a bit to much. They were all tied together and their personalities didn't seem quite distinct enough to keep track of which was the mayor and which was the store owner. That got a little confusing.
Overall: I enjoyed this mystery even when I had to remind myself of who the minor characters were. Rick and his friends were entertaining and the setting was beautiful and well drawn. I don't see myself skiing at any point but I definitely wouldn't turn down a visit to the Italian Alps. Until then I'll just read more of Wagner when I want to go to Italy.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes. If you enjoy mysteries but aren't looking for a cozy or a thriller this would be a good one. Especially if you like to travel without leaving home!