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Una Faccenda Delicata 

Montalbano must cut short his holiday with Livia when a sixty seven year old prostitute is murdered in Vigata.


Alberto Sironi


Francesco Bruni (teleplay), Andrea Camilleri (teleplay) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luca Zingaretti ... Commissario Salvo Montalbano
Cesare Bocci ... Mimì Augello
Peppino Mazzotta ... Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Angelo Russo Angelo Russo ... Agente Agatino Catarella
Miriam Dalmazio Miriam Dalmazio ... Teresita Gaudenzio
Paolo Graziosi ... Giulio Rampolla
Lollo Franco Lollo Franco ... Serafino
Sebastiano Tringali Sebastiano Tringali ... Preside Vasalicò
Ileana Rigano Ileana Rigano ... Maria Castellino
Liborio Natali Liborio Natali ... Marco Rampolla
Alessandra Mortelliti ... Laura Tripodi
Rosario Lisma Rosario Lisma ... Luca Castellino
Roberto Nobile ... Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio Marcello Perracchio ... Dottor Pasquano
Davide Lo Verde Davide Lo Verde ... Agente Galluzzo


Montalbano is visiting his girlfriend Livia in Boccadasse when he's called back to Vigata to investigate the murder of a 70-year-old prostitute. He eventually discovers that a past kindness has had fatal repercussions. Written by Guest

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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29 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

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Based on the short stories Una faccenda delicata and La povira Maria Castellino by Andrea Camilleri. See more »

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Truly a dish to savour
20 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love detective mystery dramas, particularly those from the UK and US ('Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Foyle's War', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Law and Order', 'Criminal Minds', 'Monk' and 'Murder She Wrote' for examples, and non-English/American ones (i.e. The Swedish 'Wallander' and the Danish 'The Killing') also fascinate me.

'Inspector Montalbano' is one of the best and most entertaining examples. It is not easy breathing freshness into a well-worn genre but 'Inspector Montalbano' manages to do so with aplomb. Watching 'Inspector Montalbano' is like eating a delicious Italian meal that immensely satisfies and leaves you wanting more. There may be very familiar tropes, but in a way it's inevitable and doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

"A Delicate Matter" may not be one of my favourite 'Inspector Montalbano' but it is a great start to the fourth season (as aired here in the UK on BBC4). It occasionally rambles in the pace, other than that there is nothing to criticise.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "A Delicate Matter" is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The scenery as always is atmospheric and the use of it very clever, the locale as always is suitably colourful. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

As ever, there is a very good mix of hilarious if more eccentric than usual humour (not just Catarella but Dr Pasquano as well), tension and charming drama, all balanced very well as usual, and it's thought-provoking as well. The story is absorbing, suitably challenges the viewer without confusing them and is mostly tightly plotted. Oh and Mimi's theory about the crime is fun.

Characters may be stereotypes but well-written ones, especially one of the most fascinating foreign detective mystery dramas titular characters there is to me.

Acting is terrific, especially from Luca Zingaretti who is a treasure in the title role, having a perfect balance of comedy and drama and playing it straight while always engaging with his material. Cesare Bocci and Angelo Russo are joys, while Sonia Bergamasco is my personal favourite of the three actresses playing Livia, not just because she's authentically Italian but she is charming and fiery with great chemistry with Zingaretti.

In conclusion, another great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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