Inspector Montalbano is intrigued by a series of clues sent to him during a slow period. The mystery opponent is building up to a "beautiful treasure" just for the Inspector.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peppino Mazzotta ...
Alessandro Intini ...
Alfredo Pezzella
Angelo Russo ...
Isabell Sollman ...
Ingrid Sjöström
Ninetta / Alba Carraro
Roberto Nobile ...
Giovanni Guardiano ...
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Marcello Perracchio ...
Giovanni Visentin ...
Giudice Tommaseo
Pier Giuseppe Giuffrida ...
Gregorio Palmisano
Aldo Messineo ...
Mario Morabito ...


Inspector Montalbano is intrigued by a series of clues sent to him during a slow period. The mystery opponent is building up to a "beautiful treasure" just for the Inspector.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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28 March 2011 (Italy)  »

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Playing a sinister game
11 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode opens the police are getting a little concerned about a pair of elderly religious fanatics who are hanging banners from their windows warning people of the consequences of their sin. Since they have a licensed firearm in the house Montalbano sends Mimi to have a word with them and they shoot at him! After regrouping to discuss strategy Montalbano and Mimi enter the house and arrest the couple… they also find the man's 'wife' in bed… she is an inflatable sex doll!! Soon afterwards a body is reported in a wheelie-bin… this too is a doll. It seems unlikely that two such dolls should appear at the same time; especially as they are of a type not made for thirty years and had suffered identical damage. Since they were just dolls there is little to worry about; no obvious crime had been committed. Soon a real crime takes place; a homeless man is killed on the beach; during the investigation Montalbano is accompanied by a friend of Ingrids who had asked if he could observe a case as part of his studies. Away from the dolls and the murder somebody is sending Montalbano cryptic clues as part of some strange treasure hunt; inevitably as the episode nears its end it becomes clear that the sender of the letters isn't playing an innocent game; but by the time Montalbano realises that a woman is dead and he could be next!

This was a really enjoyable episode; a great one to end the current run with (they weren't shown in the order listed on the IMDb in the UK) The case had plenty of intriguing moments; some tense times and quite a number of laughs… just why did Fazio know so much about the dolls! As always the cast did a fine job; Luca Zingaretti is great as Montalbano and even though she was only in a fairly short time I loved Isabell Sollman's performance as Ingrid; the way she laughed when she found the dolls at Montalbano's house was quite infectious! I expect quite a few viewers will guess the culprit before he is unmasked as it was the sort of character who would serve no purpose in the story if he wasn't the killer!

I really enjoyed this run of episodes and hope we see more of the Sicilian detective in the future; Saturdays won't be the same without 'Inspector Montalbano'.

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