Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1) by David P. Wagner

Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1)

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...

Details Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1)

TitleCold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1)
Release DateSep 1st, 2013
PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cultural, Italy

Reviews Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery, #1)

  • 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, 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, thou...
  • 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 hi...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 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...
  • Rita
    The first 9 chapters seemed to drag along as the scenes were set and characters introduced to develop the plot line but did it capture my attention at any point early in the story? Not really. I started this back in September and honestly only finished it because I was waiting for my daughter's plane to arrive this past weekend with nothing else to read.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vicky
    Probably more like 3 1/2 stars. This was a new author for me when I picked up a later book in the series [Return to Umbria] and I liked it well enough to go to the library and get the author’s first one, featuring American-Italian interpreter/translator Rick Montoya. He is a personable sleuth, along with the Italian police characters. This first one revolves around art theft and forgeries which I always find interesting. The Italian settings ar...
  • Helen
    E-Reader. MysteryRick Montoya moved from New Mexico, he a translator, to Rome, Italy.An old friend from a school asked Rick to do some unofficial undercover work.  To try & find the group who are traffickers in stolen burial urns.  His friend nickname is Beppo.  He works for the Italian government.  He is charge of anyone trying to steal & thing that belongs to Italy.  His girlfriend Erica said he should do this job.Rick has been Tuscany for...
  • Mary
    "Cold Tuscan Stone" is the first in a series of mysteries set in Italy. David P. Wagner does a good job of establishing the character and setting. Our lead character, Rick Montoya, is a dual-nationality Italian-American. His father was a diplomat and his mother is Italian. Rick has ties to New Mexico, but he is making a living in Rome as a translator. When a school friend who is in the Italian cultural ministry asks Rick to pose as an art buyer i...
  • Ken Cook
    Reading this on my tablet with a dying battery, I was pleased to find I also had a print copy, so I've been able to enjoy in in both media. Nicely paced, the story focuses on the Tuscan town of Volterra and the illicit sale of Italian heritage art. Central figure Riccardo Montoya, an American with strong ties to italy, is drawn well and is rather believable. Scenes are described clearly, and the women he knows and encounter bring delight. Satisfy...
  • Eugene
    First of a new series. While the plot was a bit bare bones, the story was told well, the characters were interesting, and the setting in Tuscany was great fun. Much mystery has in recent years been set in France (which is great), perhaps this will begin an entertaining trend of whodunnits set in Italy. The story moved along well, one’s interest remained engaged, altogether a good read. Will look for another of Wagner’s efforts.
  • Dee
    A new author to read! Recommended by Joe Heywood, a likewise good author and personal acquaintance. Rick has moved from Arizona to Italy. He has old friends in Italy and relatives, too. One friend in the Ministry asks his help in searching for the links in a case they are trying to solve. Well done plot, action but not too fast, a little romance but that's just a sidebar. I'll have to read some more of this series.
  • loretta
    I enjoyed this because I always enjoy things of Italy. The main character is very likable and it’s a good twist that he is half Italian and half American so he gives us some good points on the culture and the Italian way of thinking. The story did get a bit convoluted and implausible at times but I enjoyed it and have ordered book 3 as book 2 was not available on kindle.
  • Rich Bisanz
    This book is an accurate portrait of italian lifeThank you David for transporting me back to a country I love. Although my family is from Sicily, I love the Hill country. When you read this book and you must, you will find a delightful group of characters with a sense of humor. A good mystery unfolds and the writing keeps your interest. Thanks.
  • Rosalie
    I'm always looking for a good mystery and when it's set it Italy, that's even better. Rick Montoya is an interesting character, and the set up in this book for a series is well done. The mystery kept me guessing and the cast of characters were well drawn. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Patricia Farmer
    Cold Tuscan Stone (Rick Montoya Italian Mystery)I visited Tuscany last year but not the city in this story. I loved what I saw and would be willing to return for another visit to Tuscany ---so I thought I might get more tourist info.
  • Katherine
    Thoroughly enjoyable mystery set in Tuscany. The mystery is fun with well-rounded characters who are interesting and the food and art and nature descriptions are wonderful and rich. Looking forward to reading another in this series.
  • Sandy
    Cold Tuscan StoneNice storyline about the theft of artifacts from Italian tombs. The investigators use a civilian to play the role of a potential buyer and expose the thieves. This turns out to create a much more deadly game than any of them ever anticipated.
  • Lisa Leezer
    Intriguing and immersiveI loved the authentic details making the book draw me in. I felt as if I was in Volterra. The imagery felt like I could see, smell, and feel the food, art, and scenery.
  • Lynda Lock
    Great read. Lots of history, intrigue, mystery - plus food and wine! Perfect for me. We visited the city of Volterra in 2012 but only for a few hours. Now I wish we had wandered the streets and sampled the delicious food.
  • julie schweda
    Great mysteryLoved reading this book. Learned a little about Italy and its cuisine at the same time. I looked up some of the dishes the main character liked and I just might make them at home.
  • Hw Huyler
    Great story, well worth reading, an Italian-American Interpreter becomes an undercover detectiveAn Italian-American Interpreter becomes an undercover detective and asked or assigned to ferret out artifact thefts from a city in Italy.
  • Ann Roose
    Absolutely delightfulA fabulous read. The characters,, the city, the food, the history and of course the wine are described in vivid detail. The story is entertaining and keeps one guessing right until the end.😊
  • Leslie
    It was an interesting little murder mystery and I loved the descriptions of locale, food and drink of Tuscany which is on my bucket list of places to visit. Thank goodness the author had a decent editor and proofreader so I could finish reading the book.