Italian-mysteries.com Website

Welcome to Italian-mysteries.com
(gialli.com)

The Definitive Website for English-language
Mystery Novels Set in Italy

This site provides information on about 500 English-language
books set in Italy, most of which are mystery or suspense novels.
Carlo Vennarucci, webmaster

WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS

NEW Extensive Coverage of
International Crime Series on DVD
(With English Subtitles)
ITALY • SWEDEN • DENMARK • FRANCE • NORWAY • OTHER

MHz Networks:  International Mystery is now shown every evening!
Check out how you can watch these great mysteries!

WHAT'S NEW ON TV & DVD - International Crime Series


Recent Donna Leon NEWS!!

Donna Leon Brunetti DVDs are now available in the U.S.

View the 75-minute YouTube Video of Donna Leon's Toronto Book Event

NEW!  Ancient Rome - Steven Saylor's The Seven Wonders

NEW SERIES SET IN ITALY
The Faces of Angels
The Villa Triste
The Lost Daughter
by Lucretia Grindle
(Florence)
Death in August
Death & the Olive Grove
by Marco Vichi
(Florence)
NEW! by Valerio Varesi
Gold, Frankincense and Dust

Fog and Crimes on DVD

Roma, Underground
by Gabriel Valjan

These Dark Things
by Jan Merete Weiss
(Naples)
The Salati Case
White Death
by Tobias Jones
Detective Castagnetti
(Parma)
A Time of Mourning
A Fine and Private Place
by Christobel Kent
Sandro Cellini
(Florence)
The Dogs of Rome
The Fatal Touch
The Namesake
by Conor Fitzgerald
Commissario Blume
(Rome)
I Will Have Vengeance
by Maurizio de Giovanni
Commissario Ricciardi
(1931 Naples)
Donna Leon's #22
The Golden Egg

Toni Sepeda's
Brunetti's Venice

Edward Sklepowich's
Veils of Venice
Roberta Pianaro
Brunetti's Cookbook

Andrea Camilleri
The Age of Doubt

New Steven Saylor
Raiders of the Nile

BOOK DETAILS
Book categories
(see right sidebar)

Book detail pages include jacket notes, picture of the cover, our rating, "set in" location, theme, author photo and bio. Unique Views by Theme and by Location.

REVIEWS & RATINGS

Insightful reviews of some of the books we feature on our website.

We have devised a 5-level rating system for books set in Italy. See the criteria in the table below.


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for Recent Additions

AMAZON LINKS
(for Books in Print)

To assist you in buying books in print, we provide links to Amazon (U.S. & U.K) from our book detail pages.

ABEBOOKS LINKS
(for Out of Print Books)

To assist you in buying used out of print books, we provide convenient links to Abebooks from our book detail pages. Abebooks provides access to over 45 million books sold by book sellers world-wide.


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NON-ITALIAN SETTINGS
This website's primary goal is to highlight mysteries and thrillers set in Italy. However, we do enjoy the works of some of the best international authors set in other countries. See our favorites!

Rating Books and Authors
Both books and authors are rated according to the flags system below. In any author
list, the higher rated authors will usually be grouped towards the top of the list.
Rating
Explanation
5-flags: Top-notch. Captures the essence of the Italian personality and Italy's social and political culture. Well written. Interesting characters that are authentic Italians. A joy to read!
4-flags: Very good. Italian references are reasonable. A few English or American characters. Well written.
3-flags: Pretty good. Too many non-Italian characters, however interesting.
2-flags: Good. Not as well written and the Italian references are not authentic. Practically no Italian characters. Could have taken place anywhere.
1-flag: Really bad. Definitely not recommended.
none
Not rated yet.


How to Find Books You Want to Read

When you come across an interesting title, the challenge is how to get your hands on it. Of course, you may find it at your public library or from your friends' collection; or you can buy it new or used from a local book store.

We prefer to buy new or used books over the Internet. For new books, we use Amazon.com and have added convenient links to both the U.S. and U.K. Amazon sites for books in print. For used, out-of-print books, we strongly recommend abebooks.com website which gives you access to over 45 million books through thousands of booksellers world-wide. You should be able to purchase a used copy of any book featured on our Italian-mysteries.com website through abebooks. For out of print books, we provide convenient links to the abebooks search engine for the specific book on each book detail page.

Re: publication history--Some books have a single hardcover edition in a single country, and that's it. However, the more popular authors get published in hardcover, paperback, large print, audio book, and e-book editions in the U.S and the U.K. (and other countries)--and then after a few years, the paperback is usually re-released with yet a different publisher. Given that each edition has a different cover and jacket notes makes it nearly impossible to completely document the publication history of a given novel. At this time, we will not include information on specific publishers or ISBN numbers.


Background

Our library has been collected over many years, driven by a love of Italy and the enjoyment of a good mystery or thriller. The Internet has been essential in finding many of our books. Doing keyword searches at Amazon.com or abebooks.com was a good start at expanding our collection.


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