Death in the Dolomites: A Rick Montoya Italian Mystery
David P. Wagner
Poisoned Pen, Sep 1 2014, $24.95
Translator Rick Montoya leaves Rome for a skiing vacation in Campiglio. However, when American banker Cameron Taylor vanishes while also at the ski resort, Inspector Luca Albani, aware of Rick’s assistance to the Tuscany police (see Cold Tuscan Stone), asks for his help. Rick agrees to join the inquiry as long as it does not interfere with his R&R.
Several witnesses insist they saw Cameron head to the slopes, but none including his sister recall seeing him return to the lodge. Meanwhile, someone wanting Rick to stay out of the investigation, attacks him while he skis and a lookalike is stabbed. This plus the discovery of a corpse leads to Rick taking the case more seriously as he wonders who gains from murder.
The second Rick Montoya Italian investigation is an engaging whodunit though the Alpine cuisine supersedes the case and even the skiing. Even though the mystery is shortchanged for much of the storyline by Rick’s vacation, Death in the Dolomites remains a well-written tale.