Timothy Williams Books

Review: Big Italy : Commissario Trotti #5 (Inspector Trotti)

Having just completed this novel, which I came across by chance, I reached for information about the author. Timothy Williams, b. 1946, now teaches in Guadeloupe [the scene of his French books featuring Judge Anne Marie Laveaud]. He has also written five books featuring the morose Commissario Piero Trotti between 1982–96, this being the last.

I am an avid reader of the novels of the late Michael Dibdin and Magdalen Nabb [both born just a year after Williams] and Donna Leon, as well as the many books by authors of translated books involving Italian detectives. As I read on enthralled, my wonder grew that I had never come across Williams or this character before.

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Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds deftly captures the taciturn, prickly Commissario Piero Trotti, who likes nothing better than fighting crime in Pavia, Lombardy, and enjoying an endless supply of boiled sweets. Williams won a Crime Writers’ Association award for this fourth volume in the Trotti series, which excels in depicting contemporary Italy. In addition to Trotti, Reynolds spiritedly portrays a huge cast of suspects and police with countless melodious Italian voices and accents. Trotti’s assistant, Pisanelli–he of many fiancées–is one of the most memorable. Particularly engaging is hearing a newspaper account of the complex case, which mistakenly identifies the corpse. Listeners will enjoy learning a bit of Italian history as Trotti finally nabs the killer. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2015]

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“Laveaud is an accomplished juggler, dealing with the joint responsibilities of keeping a family and a career in balance and navigating the murky waters of sexism, cronyism and racism in a society where she is very much an outsider. As much social commentary as mystery, this is a crackerjack whodunit from start to finish, as well as a compelling look into one of the last bastions of colonialism in a shrinking world.”


“A close look at the folk of Guadeloupe and the West Indian culture in general, with its mix of races and lingering colonial resentment of Mother France.”


“Anne Marie’s second appearance, courtesy of the author of the Piero Trotti crime novels, boasts an elegantly incisive narrative and a fascinating heroine.”


“Sharp-witted, French-Algerian Anne Marie is an investigator worthy of a following, and Williams has craftily created her story as a microcosm of Guadeloupe’s social situation, where alienation battles dependence and racial stratification rules. Williams digs deep below the exotic setting’s surface in this nuanced mystery. ”


“Absorbing … Laden with Insights about the legacies colonialism, such as nuanced racism, official corruption, and troubled interactions between men and women. ”



Listen to Barbara Rosenblat narrate The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe

Audiobook master Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent narration of The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe.



Barbara Rosenblat is a British actress who plays the cancer-stricken inmate Miss Rosa on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, one of the most popular television shows in America at the moment. The series is set in a women’s prison and over the show’s two seasons, Rosenblat, playing a bank robber, has gone from being a bit player to one of the best breakout roles on tv.

In addition to her television and screen roles,  Barbara Rosenblat is known as “the Meryl Streep of audiobooks.”