Inspector Montalbano: Find the Lady, Collection 3 Episode 4

Please note that I watched this episode over two years ago and this post has been sitting around pretty much since then. I decided to publish in order to clear up my scheduled posts. Apologies if i have missed something as a result.

“Find the lady” is an old card shark’s game, which links to the original Italian title of “The Game of the Three Cards’. which is not based on any of the books in Andrea Camilleri’s series but may be based on a Camilleri short story.

The episode stats with an old man taking a slow evening walk along a well-lit empty street, not noticing he’s being followed by a car. As he goes to enter a house, the car pulls up, and a man gets out, and “persuades” the old man (Girolamo Cascio) into the car.

On the way into work, Salvo sees a funeral with only one mourner. The dead man is Cascio, the mourner is his accountant Ciccio Monaco. Having got wet in the rain, we get the mandatory topless shot of Zingaretti as he changes shirt whilst talking to Fazio. Girolamo died in a hit and run which was dealt with by Mimi, who hasn’t been seen for days.

Salvo goes to lunch…..I’m beginning to recognise external sets!…..and is approached by Monaco, who says the death makes no sense….there are no skid marks on a well lit road, Cascio had been nervous due to phone calls, and had asked to be walked home after dinner with Monaco, which Monaco couldn’t do due to his sciatica.

Salvo visits Dr Pasquano in his private club, to hear that Cascio died at 2am, full of drink, covered in vomit, and hit with such force that his spine was broken in half.

Coming out of the club, Salvo finds Mimi and makes him sit and talk at a local cafe. Mimi’s had a tip that Tarantino is in town, a fraudster who robbed half of Vigata, then disappeared. Salvo complains that Mimi has spent no time on the Cascio case, then realises why as a beautiful woman in a tight dress comes sashaying down the street. It is Gloris, Tarantino’s wife, and Mimi is clearly in lust.

Salvo goes to visit one of the older judges, who tells him of the Rocco Pennisi case from 20 years earlier. Pennisi killed his lover’s husband, was convicted of murder, and had been released several days before and now Cascio is dead. Turns out that Cascio worked for Pennisi, and his fortune only started after Pennisi was jailed.

Pennisi comes to the station but the interview is unproductive. Salvo goes to visit Tommasino, who has appeared in previous episodes, who is Pennisi‘s cousin and he fills in some background. Renata was initially engaged to Rocco, but then got married to business partner Giacomo. Giacomo finds out about the affair, and when he is found dead, Rocco is blamed. Renata is the one to initiate everything, but was ambivalent at the trial. Tommasino thinks that with the conviction, she manages to get rid of Rocco and Giacomo in one go. There is good use of flashbacks, showing that Rocco in particular was much more dynamic and animated than when Salvo met him. It’s also rare to see people smoking on tv anymore, especially at the dinner table!

Salvo visits Gloris, who is a massive flirt, showing legs and cleavage a plenty. She takes the phone off the hook as they talk “in order to not be disturbed”. Salvo asks a few light questions, but mainly takes the chance to look round the rooftop of the house, which has a very nice garden connecting to other buildings.   Mimi is upset when he finds Salvo has visited Gloris, but calms down a little when Salvo points out what Mimi doesn’t see because he is thinking with the wrong part of his body…there are multiple escape routes from the house, Mimi needs to check out for garages or something similar that Tarantino could be hiding from. Taking the phone off the hook is to allow Tarantino to listen in, as he’s jealous, but it means he’s nearby.

 

Salvo visits Rocco’s sister Virginia who is blind. She tells of days leading to the murder where some gas men came to the house to do checks and went upstairs even though there were no pipes there. A few days later the gun that had previously been kept in the bedroom gets used in the murder.

Xavier Granieri, an Argentinian, is found dead, having being killed execution style. Pasquano thinks he was killed elsewhere and has had plastic surgery.  Investigations into Cascio show that he colluded with the Ricolo mafia family that got him the contracts that made the company rich. Salvo visits Monaco, who tempts Salvo to stay for dinner….it is pasta with broccoli after all!…..and manages to get Salvo talking as he eats. Monaco confirms the mafia connection, whilst giving detail of the voice calling Cascio having a weird accent and sounding rough.

The team get a recording of Granieri’s voice from his answer phone….well done Caterella! Monaco confirms it was the man calling Cascio. Rocco’s sister isn’t sure, but could have been the gas man.

Salvo returns to find Tarantino being taken away after being arrested. Mimi assures Salvo he’s stopped sleeping around but it seems more to convince himself.

It turns out that Granieri is not who they think he is, but is an ex Sinagra man called Salvatore Lucia, “leant” to the Riocolo family, and who emigrated to Argentina a few months after Rocco’s trial.

Salvo calls Renata in, and puts a theory on table….Cascio had Giacomo killed and framed Rocco as a favour to Renata, Granieri returns to blackmail Cascio and put pressure on Renata but kills him when it doesn’t work. She kind of confesses, but believes it won’t go anywhere due to lack of evidence. The question therefore is….who killed Granieri?

The team know that Lumia is the son of the shepherd they met when they found the body, so pay him a visit. He’s not home so Salvo waits alone. When the Shepherd comes back, it is clear he is old and probably ill. He admits his son returned after 20 years away, and admitted killing 8 people. It was when he admitted to killing a 9 year old that the father shot him with his own gun. He hadn’t killed himself as he wanted to square things with Salvo before dying. Salvo leaves the building, alone, and it is unclear as to whether the man is dead or alive – if the former, has he shot himself in Salvo’s presence, or, if Salvo did it himself?

 

 

2021 Blogger Resolutions- the results!

It’s now traditional for me to set goals at the beginning of the year, then reflect how I’ve done by the end. TL;DR, I’ve not met my goals – Again!  At the time of writing (1am 29th December), I’m considering not doing goals for 2022, and certainly not so aggressive if I do.

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  • Increase subscribers to this blog to 1000, excluding twitter followers.

Update: whilst I’ve increased by a few, I’m certainly not at 1000

  • Increase annual page hits to this blog (to 7500)

Update: I dropped numbers to somewhere between 2017 and 2018 numbers. You may be able to spot why later!

  • Increase twitter followers to @brumnordie (to 800)

Update: Oh so close at 797!

  • Read and review 20 books. 50% to be paperbooks or audiobooks.

Update: I read and reviewed about 14 books, with not quite a 50% rate on the audiobooks, but it’s still a work in progress

  • Get my Netgalley ratio into the 72% range (from 66%).

Update: I’ve read one or two Netgalley books this year, have not requested any new ones, but not managed to improve my ratio by much

  • To aid in reading the books that I already have there will be a moratorium on requesting books from Netgalley or LibraryThing, and reviewing books I already have,

Update: I didn’t request any, but I did purchase some from the bookstore! Only one new audiobook has been listened to

  • Make better use of twitter, including the analytics, scheduling content.

Update: one day I may allow someone else to look over my numbers. Maybe. My scheduling software has changed a number of times, so it can be a tad difficult to get things set up, but I’ve found some workarounds

  • Take part in twitter chats such as #ContentHour, #BrumHour

Update: I’ve lost some followers by not engaging enough, but have picked up more, mainly by engaging more.  In the new year, I should be taking part in at least one reading challenge, and do it beyond December/January!

  • Make use of scheduling and planning software

Update: I’ve changed my schedule software around a little in the effort to make some stuff more visible. There does seem to be a bug/”feature” in my scheduling software that makes auto scheduling books more difficult, but I may well have found a workaround for that

  • Release more books via Bookcrossing, either in OBCZs or via RABCKs.

Update: with the travel restrictions being eased a little, I’ve been able to release more books at local OBCZs. It’s certainly helped in lightening the load a little!  For a second year running, the Country wide Bookcrossing event has had to be cancelled – boo! It does mean that not many books escaped, but it also means that not many books came into the house, neither!

As for my previous comment about blog view:

  1. I’m simply not reading (and therefore reviewing) books at quite the same level as before. However, my twitter feed has still be reminding my followers of posts (especially the older ones!) and many are still getting views
  2. Putting out my themed tweets, whilst having a targeted framework and timescale, also has made me realise that perhaps I need new content. (NO!).  Therefore I need to read and review some more stuff.
  3. I’m aware that to ensure that people know the blog is not technically dead, I’ve tried to be creative in some non review related posts.  This is just one of them.
  4. I’ve officially retired the ‘Blog prompt’ post that’s been lurking around for years. I may well have some of the prompts lying around….somewhere…..but if I’ve not written something for it yet, it wont be happening soon!

Book Review: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.

As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret…

If I remember correctly this was adapted to the TV as a Miss Marple case, I suppose to ensure it got the funding and the distribution/sales figures. Easier to sell a Marple story than a Buttle story eh?

As such, there are things in the book that are the same as the TV and much that is different – enough to allow for the reading of the book, especially when you haven’t watched the episode in a while.

As with several of Christie’s (unedited) books, there is the usual casual racism that we have come to expect. It’s not as bad as some – The original title of ‘And then there none’, anyone? – but in the same way that everyone in Midsomer is white (at least for the first 20 something series), expect the usual words for ‘foreigners’ to be bandied about.

At the beginning of a book, a man called Anthony Cade, who is established as being one who struggles to commit to settling down to any job for any length of time agrees to take on two jobs for his friend James McGrath. One job is to deliver the draft of a memoir to a publisher, with the other to return letters to the woman who wrote them.

Meanwhile, a plot is developing to restore the monarchy to Herzoslovakia, where the previous King and Queen were assassinated previously. British politicians are backing Prince Michael (the most logical and available member of the monarchy). Americans are backing Prince Michael’s Nicholas cousin for the seat. The fact that noone really knows what either man looks like (is one even still alive?) is beside the point. There is Oil to be had!

Therefore Lord Caterham is ‘persuaded’ to host a house party at Chimneys. A number of people are invited to occlude the nature of the party.

Cade, pretending to be McGrath (for various reasons), arrives in London a few days earlier than expected. On his 1st night, the potentially incriminating letters are stolen by <insert dubious term here> the waiter. The memoirs, which were written by the late Count Stylptitch of Herzoslovakia and are believed to contain politically sensitive information which could damage the monarchy, so need to be surpressed. Not being entirely stupid, Cade hands over a dummy version of the memoirs, and keeps the real ones.

The letter thief brings one letter to Virginia Revel at her home, and tries to blackmail her (she did not write them). On a whim, she pays, and promises more money the next day. When she arrives home the next day, she finds him murdered in her house, and Anthony Cade on her door step. Cade arranges to have the body discovered elsewhere by the police, to avoid a scandal and allow Virginia to proceed to Chimneys, as per the house party invite.

At Chimneys, Prince Michael is killed on the night of his arrival, not long after everyone has retired to bed. Crime scene details, such as footprints outside the downstairs room where Prince Michael is found dead, seems to be an odd clue, and Superintendent Battle is presented with Cade introducing himself, the story of the memoirs (and therefore partially explaining his presence), and persuading Battle of his innocence in the murder.

We learn much about the thief King Victor, who has masterminded the theft of many jewels, including The Koh-i-Noor diamond and replaced by a paste copy some years earlier. Chimneys is one place where it may be hidden, though many searches have not found it. With the release of King Victor from prison a few months earlier, so Battle expects he will seek to recover it. There are several break in attempts, all of which are interrupted. In an attempt to find the location of the gem, the stolen letters appear in Cade’s room. People have already been suspecting that the letters were in code (and why Virginia had never written them), so Battle gets them decoded revealing the clue: “Richmond seven straight eight left three right”.

SPOILERS!

At Chimneys, all are gathered to hear the mysteries explained. In the library, Boris (Prince Michael’s now ex valet) finds Miss Brun (an imposter posing as the governess) with a pistol, as she means to kill him and get the jewel. They struggle; the gun goes off in her hand, killing her. It turns out that Prince Michael had identified Miss Brun as the last queen consort of Herzoslovakia, thought to have been murdered with her husband in the revolution; but she escaped. Cade gives the real memoirs to Jimmy McGrath to earn his one thousand pounds. Cade and Fish solve the conundrum; it points to a rose on the grounds, where the Koh-i-Noor is subsequently recovered.

Anthony presents himself as the missing Prince Nicholas, ready to ally with the British syndicate. He offers himself as Herzoslovakia’s next king. Earlier that day, he married Virginia, who will be his queen.

My Review

There are many characters in the book, that I’ve chosen not to cover as quiet honestly, there are so many and it’s really confusing in a review. Plus – why read the book if you’ve got everything covered in a review, right?

Some slightly dubious word usage aside, this is a good start to introduce Battle (I believe he appears in other books somewhere along the line), as well as Cade and McGrath.

I guessed Cade’s ‘reveal’ a few chapters before and found that the book was different enough to the rebranded Marple episode that makes this worth spending the time to read.

Book Review: A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley

A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley #BookCover #BookReview

Experience the magic of a perfect Cumbrian Christmas.

It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour.

So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be.

As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves?

This starts with a romantic holiday ahead of Christmas between Lottie and Connor which ends with a major surprise, which rapidly sours the whole experience.

There are spoilers below. Dont read the review if you dont like ’em – read the book instead!

A year later and Lottie has started a new job at Firholme as a Wedding and Events coordinator. Her sister is now in remission from the cervical cancer that she had been diagnosed at the same time Connor had split from Lottie. Lottie has a new neighbour – a rather rugged and handsome outdoorsman called Jay (with added dog). Her new boss is desperate for a Christmas wedding to added to their repertoire in order to help get the business off the ground. The opportunity comes in the form of an Australian woman (Keegan) who comes in on the off chance the venue has the time and space. Little does Lottie know, but the groom is her ex….Connor.

Of course, all this is a shock to Lottie, who is still in love – in part – with Connor. Between them they agree to not mention their shared history to Keegan, which turns out to be a really bad idea. During the planning of the wedding, it all comes out, and the wedding is in jeopardy just ahead of the wedding day.

Slight spoiler: The wedding DOES go ahead, but not without drama, including snow hampering attendance, and the generator not kicking in when the fuse blows.

I will admit I felt the story went on a little too long – e.g. the aftermath from the wedding continued long after the wedding concluded, including the whole (newish) story of Jay and his brother Ben, and why they had fallen out the previous Christmas. There’s another whole subplot over Seb, a child that is probably not Jay’s. There is also a subplot about Jay and Lottie finally getting together, celebrating Christmas together and with each other’s respective families.

Nevertheless, it’s still a relatively short book, at roughly 300 pages. My gripes are predominantly with myself, who was rushing for an ending, and the book didnt end when I thought it would.

Book Review The Song of Peterloo by Carolyn O’Brien

The Song of Peterloo by Carolyn O'Brien #BookCover

Manchester 1819: Prices are high and wages are low, but as the poor become poorer, the rich are alarmed by their calls for reform.

Mill-worker Nancy Kay struggles to support her ailing mother and sensitive son. Desperate to provide for them, she is inspired to join the growing agitation. But, as she risks everything to attend a great assembly on St Peter’s Field, Nancy is unaware the day will go down in history, not as a triumph but as tragedy; the Peterloo massacre.

This is one woman’s story of belief in change, pieced together by her family and friends and the two men who share her momentous summer. A story of hope, and sacrifice, and above all, courage.

I’ve read several books about Peterloo, but still don’t think the situation is well known historically – the massacre of what is now accepted to be peaceful protestors fed up with high food costs and low wages by armed and horsed militia. Book included as part of A Box Of Stories, which means this book has been rescued from being pulped

This story is told from multiple voices/POVs. There is a difference in the “voice” between Mary/Nancy and other people in the story. Especially at the beginning, Nancy’s voice seemed forced as the local “there’s trouble at t’mill” speech pattern. I understand why it was done, it just jarred me every time. Once it moved from dialogue to description, this was less of an issue.

As it came to the crux of the issue, the relatively short chapters became even shorter, which resulted in a sped up pace in the storyline. Ultimately, there is a personal cost to both the mill owners and the mill workers

A slight issue with the secondary (and some of the primary) characters – their development only goes so far and then seem to be lost some where near the end – what happened to Adelaide and Joe?

Overall this was a decent take on the story, suitably personal for Nancy and the people around her, but lacking something about the extended characters (see above). The book would have not made the author top of the sales list but not sure it should have hit the ‘pulping’ list

For additional information on this issues, here’s the wikipedia page for Peterloo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre </p>

Book Review: Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren, John Litell (Translator)

Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren, John Litell (Translator) #BookReview #BookCover #WITMonth

In these six short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic. A train stops on the track in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out of the open doors, following a call from deep in the forest. A father is haunted by the nocturnal visits of an elusive bird, and a young girl finds escape through the occult. From foxes to whales to angels, the creatures that roam through this collection spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation. 

The first of my 2021 subscription books from Peirene Press. Made up of 6 short stories, I have to admit that it took me much longer that it should have. I have struggled with Translated books in the past, but I dont think this was the issue here – I think it was a combo of short stories plus and overall lack of interest in reading or completing books.

Since there were large gaps in my reading, I’m not in a position to do a detailed review of each story. However, I will say the following:

The main character in 5 of the 6 stories are unnamed (and in many of the stories, the gender is also unstated)

There is a overall feeling of remoteness or connections with others. There is a sense of loneliness and a lack of connection with the other people in the stories (friends, parents, carers etc). I’ve looked at other reviews (something I do, especially when I am struggling with a review) and I have found that other people have also struggled to write reviews of this book

I did enjoy the tightness in the language, in that even in translation the narrative is “sparse” and I never got the impression there were not any excess words used.

I still have 2 books from this year’s subscription pack (there’s 3 a year, so they come every 4 months or so), and I now need to decide what to do with these books. I really dont fancy giving them to other people – they are simply too nice to look at and are a lovely publication, so I need to decide what to do.

Stacking Shelves

Book lovers have multiple ways of filling their shelves; by author, size, colour, Dewey Decimal etc.

I’m not really that complicated

I have two groups of books: the one i keep and the ones I will give to others.

The latter is broken down into two: those that I want to read, then let go, and the ones that will be let go, no matter what.

Normally in all situations I have previously packed by size. To some it makes sense – if you have 6 books the same size, you can pack another few horizontally, that you cant do with mixed sizes. Some order differently. I try my best to breath deep!

A few years ago I reordered by shelves into “Themes”, e.g. all the ‘Asian’, ‘Romance’ or ‘Crime’ Books together. As I am very much a ‘I’ll read what ever I’m in the mood for’ kind of reader’, I was quickly bored of this kind of sorting.

With new books coming into the realm on a regular basis, and in a greater number than I’m letting go, I also became a situation of the “will I read before letting go, or straight releasing?”.

Sometimes I will store by authour (not so common nowadays, due to various issues), but usually by publisher or some other supplier. e.g. all my Persephone greys will end up on a certain non release shelf, all my box of stories books will go asap, and my comic book/graphic novel stories will go where they need to. It’s now a case of “where will this one fit?!” (Books are on shelves, coffee table, bedside table and now in boxes on the floor).

I dont plan on reordering my shelves, at least any time soon. I want to get rid of the over flows I already have at which point I hope I will have the space, will etc to reorder – probably in book size. It will also give me the chance to sort out the books i no longer want to read.

What about you? What do your shelves look like? How are they ordered?

Book Review: One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

One night to Remember by Erica Ridley #BookCover #BookReview

Notorious whip Giles Langford is surprised to learn his blacksmith is a girl, shocked to realize she’s the out-of-his-league sister of a duke, and horrified to discover he’s fallen in love with the impossible-to-tame woman anyway. With no money and no title, Giles has nothing to offer but his heart…

Felicity Sutton knows poverty firsthand, and she’s never going back. She might miss the smithy, but not the relentless desperation of no home and an empty belly. Of course she’ll accept the stability of a wealthy ton suitor. As for the penniless daredevil she loves, well… At least they’ll have one night to remember.

Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

I got this book a while ago, read part of it, but in going through my Netgalley library etc I realised I hadn’t finished it or reviewed it. This is my attempt to rectify that

This fits in with other books by this author (in this and other series) where it is female centric, and the woman often finds herself rebelling against expectation in order to find themselves

Much of this is over 2 weeks where Cole (aka Colehaven) has entered into a bet with another member of the gentry, which he bets that his curricle will beat the curricle of the other (Silas) in a race in two weeks time

Cole has promised his sister (the Lady Felicity) that it would not be him riding the curricle – in fact he has engaged the best smith in town (Giles) to maintain his curricle and drive it. The main/only proviso – that Lady Felicity is the apprentice to help on upgrading the curricle.

Over the next 2 weeks, Giles and Felicity fall in love, all whilst Felicity is trying to make an catch in the TON that would give her the stability she needed whilst allowing her the freedom to do what she wanted. Ultimately a major decision needs to be made – what does Felicity need more – the apparent stability of a titled husband, or love?

This was a decent story, but reading this a year after reading the other books in the series was interesting. It can easily be read alone, as whilst there are references to other stories in the series, this story is not dependant on having read the other stories in the series. There is ONE reference to distances being measured in “blocks” – a personal bug bear of mine when reading stories written for the American Market, but written about Regency London. Gah!

Book Review: The Colonel and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden

Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.

Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady Mary, he fears a future between them is now impossible.

​This is the love story of Mary and Duncan as they forge a future from the shadows of the past.

Different format to the usual romance – the couple had a romance at the beginning of the book, then meet up 5 years later, when Duncan has returned (highly injured) from active service. They are married before half way through the story and the rest of the book is spent working out how to be a married couple.

There are several obstacles to the marriage working fully – in part because Mary is of a higher class than Duncan (so both have class issues); Her fractious relationship with her mother (with an interesting backstory), etc. The second half of the book had potential, as the two newly weds got used to being in a partnership, but sometimes I felt like running through treacle – plenty of detail but perhaps too much detail

The epilogue is a little overwhelming in having SO MANY children suddenly introduced in the last chapter of the book. It is set up as if there is or will be a sequel (or a prequel that I’m somehow missing out on).

One thing that did annoy me (very minor point) is to the repeated referral to the butler as “Mr x”. Bollocks. No Servant (even Butlers) would have the “Mr” designation, Valets are perhaps excepted from this rule. This is clearly for the American Market. For those who care, I would trust Julian Fellowes (and things like Gosford Park and Downtown Abbey) for clues.

About the Author

Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. Whatever our self-doubts, love will out.

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Inspector Montalbano: The Spiders Patience, Series 3 Episode 3

The Patience of the Spider is book 8 in the series. In the book, Salvo is recovering from injuries from the previous book and having to pull himself out of self-imposed seclusion. This is different to the upbeat note on which we finished the previous TV episode Equal Time.

Please note that I watched this episode/read the book over a year ago and this post has been sitting around pretty much since then. I decided to publish in order to clear up my scheduled posts. Apologies if i have missed something as a result

Salvo is woken by Caterella who explains in his roundabout way that a girl has been reported missing. Her father went looking for her when she didn’t return home the previous evening, but he found nothing. Her moped was found by her boyfriend, off her usual route and facing the wrong way. The working theory is that it’s a kidnapping, so the team go to visit Susannah’s father Salvatore Mistretta at home. The house has a large hallway with impressive stained glass in one of the indoor doors. Rather than stand in the hallway, they go into a more private area, another large room that’s well-lit but heavily underused. There is no money to pay any ransom, with the house already mortgaged, and the mother lying upstairs dying from an unknown undefined illness.

Salvo goes to visit Tina, the girl Susanna was studying with the day before. A big fan of Salvo’s, she tries to delay him long enough to allow her friends time to come round for photos, and she lets it be known she’s single etc. Nothing really useful comes out from the interview and Salvo excuses himself as soon as possible (note to the set people: I think I’ve seen this apartment door before).

Salvo talks to Susannah’s boyfriend, who admits that they had had sex for the first time on the day she disappeared.

The Commissioner calls to say the kidnapping has been handed over to Valente as he is more experienced with kidnappings. A taped phone call is made to the house, and in talking things over with Valente…who Salvo calls Fifi….the theory is that these are not professional kidnappers and are therefore more dangerous.

Nicolò , the TV journalist, makes Salvo come to the office and plays him the kidnap tape – the same one that was played at the home. As they discuss whether to broadcast the recording, the rival station plays it anyway. It appears the tape has been sent everywhere which is contrary to what kidnappers usually do. It seems the family lost all their money about 6 years previously, Nicolo doesn’t know why.

Salvo gets a call from the Commissioner to say that Mimi has been in an accident, which means he will be out of action for a while. Salvo goes out with Galluzzo, who has some form of food poisoning. Whilst Galluzzo is on a toilet break in the bushes, Salvo looks around, sees a farm offering fresh eggs, but also thinks he’s found the girl’s moped helmet, which has been missing until now.

He visits the farm which does sell eggs, but the wife offers sex as a sideline, as a result of her husband losing his legs in an accident several years previously. She believes a car turned up one evening and turned around but she didn’t see who. Salvo says that she will be interviewed, but she must make out to be just an egg seller. The woman mentions Dr Mistretta (Susannah’s Uncle) in passing as the one who recommends pain relief, which costs money she doesn’t have.

Salvo visits Dr Antonio Peruzzo, who lives alone in a country home far too big for a single person. It was a working farm/press/grove but most is now shut up. Antonio says his Sister In Law Giulia was poisoned. Seems everything went downhill 6 years previously, where Giulia and her brother Antonio had been close after being orphaned as children. When Giulia got married she and Salvatore went to Uruguay, bringing Antonio with them. At this point of the interview, the phone goes….there’s been another ransom call. They ask for 6 billion lire, rather than euro, which gives a clue they are still thinking in old terms. Salvo wants to put pressure on Mistretta to come up with money, but Fifi is not sure…

The rest of the story comes out…Antonio Peruzzo makes money in Uruguay through shady deals, returns to Sicily, makes more shady deals, gets investigated, borrows money, doesn’t repay, companies are made bankrupt, everyone falls out. Giulia is now sick from life whilst her brother’s businesses are doing fine.

Salvo visits Mimi in hospital where he has broken ribs etc but is still walking. Salvo now thinks they didn’t kidnap Mistretta’s daughter but Peruzzo’s niece. The town’s gossips are split in two as to whether Peruzzo should made to pay of not. Photos of the girl, proving she’s still alive are sent in and Salvo has some of the photos enlarged, spotting something interesting on the wall. He also visits the Mistretta house, which looks a fabulous house, but the further in you get it is clearly in bad repair.

Mimi discharges himself from the hospital, reports that Peruzzo’s wife got recognised and attacked in the street and two lorries got set on fire the night before. Mimi thinks Peruzzo will pay up.

Salvo and Valente go visit Peruzzo’s lawyer Luna, who tells them the kidnappers rang Peruzzo 6 hours before they rang the police, to say that Peruzzo has the money but no instructions what to do next. Salvo doesn’t like the Lawyer’s use of the word “inexplicably” as he believes the lawyer has known a lot more for a long time.

Fazio pops round to tell Salvo that Susanna had been released an hour before with some drama.

Luna rings Salvo, all miffed, saying that Salvo didn’t think his client would pay up. Money was left in an old necropolis in a bag. Salvo goes to the necropolis and as he’s checking out the bag of money – it’s full of paper and no money -he gets a call from Fazio, saying Valente is on his way, being followed by journalists. Not wanting to be found on site, Salvo makes off, only to find boyfriend at police station having been dumped by Susanna – he realises the sex was a form of saying “Goodbye”. The mother has also died.