Cold Tuscan Stone

Cold Tuscan Stone Review

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 and flush out traffickers in priceless burial urns.

But, before sunset on his first day in Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with a gallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Has the trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickers already on to Rick?

The local Commissario and his team consider Rick an amateur, and worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect in what proves to be the dead man’s murder. While the Volterra squad pursues its leads, Rick and the Volterra museum director continue to interview his list: a top gallery owner, a low-profile import/export businessman and his enterprising color-coordinated assistant, a sensuous heiress with a private art specialty and clientele. When Rick’s lover Erica, an art history professor, arrives from Rome to visit him, she rekindles a friendship with an alluring, maybe dangerous, heiress. Has Rick’s role made him the target of both cops and criminals?

Title:Cold Tuscan Stone
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Nigel

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

  • 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,...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Moshe Mikanovsky

    Nice settings though nothing too sophisticated ...

  • Victor Gentile

    David P. Wagner in his new book, “Cold Tuscan Stone” Book One in the Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press introduces us to Rick Montoya.From the back cover: Rick Mon...

  • 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 ever...

  • 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 an...

  • 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 ...

  • 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)...