This was my first book by the author and from the very first pages you feel an affinity for the inspector. Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious têtê à têtê with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There, the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for fifty years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into one family's darkest secrets. This is an easy book to get into. The author easily takes you through Sicilian temperament.
Intriguing mystery set in Sicily, with many amusing moments and great characters.
Sometimes the translation is a bit heavy-handed, but this is an entertaining police procedural.
As in the first of the Inspector Montalbano series, The Shape of Water, this story slowly unfolds allowing you to meet exceptional characters who have experienced exceptional lives. You see the culture and history that is set in Sicily, which is a part of Italy, but is an area of its own. The smart and resourceful police detective keeps you turning pages.
This was the first book by this author I read. I will definately continue the series. I enjoyed it especially since I am an Italian. The author mixed in Italian humor with WWII history making an interesting read.
I would reccomend it.