I picked up this novel by Italian crime writer Andrea Camilleri purely on the basis of it being 99p in Waterstones. It just goes to show that such promotions can work, as undoubtedly be buying more in the series about Sicilian police inspector Montalbano.
In this first novel in the series Montalbano is investigating the death of a local diginitary in somewhat embarrassing circumstances. It seems to be a case of death by natural causes, but Montalbano suspects otherwise.
This is a light and breezy novel with a colourful collection of characters in a typically corrupt Italian setting. It’s very dialogue heavy and makes for good reading on a hot summer’s day.