Cold Tuscan Stone

Cold Tuscan Stone

Rick Montoya has just moved from Santa Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. He’s 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...

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Title:Cold Tuscan Stone
Author:David P. Wagner
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Edition Language:English

Cold Tuscan Stone Reviews

  • Lance Wright

    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.

  • Desiree

    Nice detective story set in Volterra, first in a series about Rick (Riccardo) Montoya, half Italian, half American translater who does some undercover work for the ministry of culture (bene culturali) in the art scene in Volterra to discover the source of illegal Etruscan funerary urns.

    He "unearths" more then he set out for.

  • Sylvia Dugan

    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.

  • Caroline

    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.

  • Jennie

    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.

  • Nigel

    A laid-back mystery with some nice local colour that builds slowly and promises more than is actually delivered. Engaging but unmemorable.

  • Brace1737

    Rick Montoya lives in several worlds. He loves New Mexico and loves Italy. I had a friend with that happy problem.Now in Italy and living in Rome, a friend asks him to take an undercover assignment and go to Tuscany for a few days to investigate the thief of Ancient art.

    Sounds like an Italian version of Tony Hillerman's A Thief of Time? Perhaps. This novel is a good first effort. I may read some of the other novels in this series.

  • 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

    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 mentor figure of the uncle, I hope he gets more space. Hopefully the writing and story improves in the subsequent books.

  • Jill

    This is the first of the Rick Montoya Italian Mysteries and my last. At least 75% of this book could have been written by the Italian Tourist Department. After Wagner finishes discussing each and every detail of each and every meal he then goes into a detailed discussion of the wardrobe of each and every person (including their shoes). Basically it boils down to less than 10% of the novel has anything to do with the mystery.

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