Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation. Who says there's nothing good on TV?
Italians have know it for a while, ever since Detective Montalbano hit their airwaves.
We are in luck: MHz Networks is releasing four more episodes of the Italian mystery series on DVD.
Montalbano solves crimes in the small fictional Southern Italy city of Vigata. As the head of the police precinct, Montalbano balances the demands of his Northern Italian superiors and the realities of local Sicilian crime. He has his own way of doing things, and his superiors regard him as something of a loose cannon. Montalbano's ability to navigate through Sicily's murky world of shady characters with its complex web of relationships and favors, leads to his success.
Without compromising himself he remains true to his principles of honesty, decency and loyalty, yet still fights his own personal war with inner demons, and his commitment to his beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. He always finds time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine.
Based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri, and written with a great deal of humor, the series has a subtext of social and political criticism for both the Sicilian and Italian contexts.
The series is filmed in the ancient, sun-washed Sicilian village of Punta Secca, which has recently become a popular destination for International fans of the show, especially from the UK where it began airing last year.
Detective Montalbano: Episodes 23 & 24 (two discs)
Episode 23: Angelica's Smile A series of robberies take place within the singular Vigata's elite. One of the victims is Angelica, a young bank manager: gorgeous, magnetic. Montalbano is bowled over; she suggests the heroine of Ariosto's Orlando Furiouso and not only for her name. Salvo falls to her feet like a schoolboy and tries his best in fighting a difficult battle to resist her. Meanwhile, the investigation continues until he realizes that the robberies are only a cover for something completely different, much more serious and tragic.
Episode 24: Mirror Effect Somebody's trying to confuse Detective Montalbano: a strange villa, a love story out of Shakespeare, some mysterious explosions and a couple of dead bodies complicate the question of what is and isn't real. A game of mirrors seems to culminate in a warning to Montalbano himself. One thing is certain; behind this strange case there is something really big and the detective has to find out what it is. As the case gets more difficult, something slips out of Montalbano's control.
Detective Montalbano: Episodes 25 & 26 (two discs)
Episode 25: A Voice in the Night A theft at a supermarket controlled by a Mafia family... and the Mafia inspires fear, especially when it s allied with politics. Montalbano finds himself having to trap the guilty using even more unconventional methods. This time he does something he'd never done before, at least up to now. But when your adversaries aren t following the rules, you re authorized to break them yourself. In the end what counts is just solving the case, at least until the next homicide.
Episode 26: A Ray of Light Thousands of Tunisians are fleeing their homeland for Sicily and at the same time a great number of robberies have started. To Montalbano, the connections between the refugees and the robberies sounds contradictory. Running parallel to two robbery cases is another case linked to arms dealers. During the investigations it becomes increasingly clear that the three men involved are not terrorists, but were trying to get weapons to the rebels fighting against dictatorship in Tunisia.