The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri is an Inspector Montalbano mystery, first published in 1994 although I think it wasn’t translated and published in the UK until 2003. I had seen this one on TV, I like Montalbano even although it is subtitled which means that you have to concentrate on it – no knitting or interneting at the same time!

Of course the books are police procedurals, and the setting is Sicily so inevitably the crimes are usually Mafia linked.

Two street cleaners have discovered the body of Silvio Luparello in his car. He was an engineer, well known and influential as he had Mafia links. The area he has been found in is used by prostitutes and drug dealers after dark, and the powers that be are keen to announce that the death was from natural causes, but Montalbano isn’t so sure.

Apart from the investigation there are also bits of Montalbano’s personal life and his love for the local food, with a fair few meals being described – no recipes though! It’s witty, with Montalbano getting all the best lines and although the book has 244 pages, the print is huge so it’s a quick read.