Cold Tuscan Stone by David P. Wagner audiobook

Cold Tuscan Stone: A Rick Montoya Italian Mystery

By David P. Wagner
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by David Colacci

Blackstone Publishing 9781464201929

The Rick Montoya Italian Mysteries: Book 1

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Rick Montoya has just moved fromSanta Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. He’s beginning to settlein to la dolce vita when school friend Beppo, now senior in the Italian ArtSquad, recruits Rick for an unofficial undercover role. Armed with a list ofgalleries, suspects, and an expense account, Rick arrives in Tuscanyposing as a buyer for a Santa Fe gallery to flush out traffickers in pricelessburial urns. However, before sunset on his first dayin Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with agallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Hasthe trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickersalready on to Rick? The local commissario and his teamconsider Rick an amateur and, worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect inwhat proves to be the dead man’s murder. While the Volterra squad pursues itsleads, Rick continues to interview his list: a museum director, a top galleryowner, a low-profile import-export businessman and his enterprisingcolor-coordinated assistant, a sensuous heiress with a private art specialtyand clientele. When Rick’s girlfriend Erica, an art history professor, arrivesfrom Rome to visit him, she rekindles a friendship with an alluring, maybe dangerous,acquaintance. Has Rick’s role made him the target of both cops and criminals?

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Summary

Summary

Rick Montoya has just moved fromSanta Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. He’s beginning to settlein to la dolce vita when school friend Beppo, now senior in the Italian ArtSquad, recruits Rick for an unofficial undercover role. Armed with a list ofgalleries, suspects, and an expense account, Rick arrives in Tuscanyposing as a buyer for a Santa Fe gallery to flush out traffickers in pricelessburial urns.

However, before sunset on his first dayin Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with agallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Hasthe trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickersalready on to Rick?

The local commissario and his teamconsider Rick an amateur and, worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect inwhat proves to be the dead man’s murder. While the Volterra squad pursues itsleads, Rick continues to interview his list: a museum director, a top galleryowner, a low-profile import-export businessman and his enterprisingcolor-coordinated assistant, a sensuous heiress with a private art specialtyand clientele. When Rick’s girlfriend Erica, an art history professor, arrivesfrom Rome to visit him, she rekindles a friendship with an alluring, maybe dangerous,acquaintance. Has Rick’s role made him the target of both cops and criminals?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wagner hits all the right notes in this debut. His likable protagonist engages, plus the Italian angle is always appealing. Perfect for readers who enjoy a complex puzzle, a bit of humor, and a fairly gentle procedural. Don’t miss this one.” Library Journal (starred review)
“An American translator finds danger and excitement helping a Roman friend crack a ring of art thieves…Like the Etruscan urns he seeks, Rick’s debut is well-proportioned and nicely crafted.” Kirkus Reviews
“David P. Wagner gives us a compelling new character in a setting so romantic and redolent of history it pulls us in immediately and holds us until the surprising ending…This is a wonderful start to a series, which should  have immediate legs, and surely will thrill everyone who has lived in Italy, been to Italy, or would like to visit. As a boy I lived in both Firenze and Napoli, and reading Wagner takes me back deeply and instantly.” Joseph Heywood, author of Hard Ground
“If you are interested in Italian art and artifacts, Italian history and culture, Italian food and wine, or even just good storytelling, then Cold Tuscan Stone—the first in what will hopefully become a series of Rick Montoya Italian mysteries—will be right up your cobblestone alleyway. Set in the ancient Tuscan town of Volterra, David P. Wagner’s atmospheric debut novel delivers all of the above and more…Simply put, this exciting, intriguing, well-written mystery extends an offer no reader should refuse. Capiche?” Amanda Matetsky, author of the Paige Turner mysteries
“The intriguing art milieu, mouthwatering cuisine, and the team of the ironic Conti and the bemused but agile Montoya are bound to attract fans.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: David P. Wagner

Author Bio: David P. Wagner

David P. Wagner, a retired Foreign Service officer, spent nine years in Milan and Rome during his career and now writes tourist materials about Italy, as well as the Rick Montoya mystery novels set in Italy. He earned his BA in English from Michigan State University, served in the Peace Corps in Chile, and taught high school English before entering the diplomatic service.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English