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What to expect

A collection of eight ingenious short stories following Inspector Montalbano’s investigations into Sicily’s murky underworld, all served with Camilleri’s trademark wit, and Montalbano’s typical appetite.

Featuring stories adapted for BBC4’s Inspector Montalbano, this is the perfect place to start listening to Sicily’s favourite crime author.

From the title story, Death at Sea, in which the alleged manslaughter of an engineer upon a fishing trawler leads Inspector Montalbano to uncover an even more sinister crime, Andrea Camilleri takes his readers through eight cunning cases from the Vigàtan police files. Starting with an arson attack on a hotel which leaves the distraught owner as the chief suspect; to the mysterious case of a woman who goes missing in an underpass with a million lire in her handbag; to a threat on Montalbano’s own life, as an anonymous motorcyclist takes a shot at the detective.

Critics Review

  • Among the most exquisitely crafted pieces of crime writing available today . . . Simply superb

    Sunday Times
  • One of fiction’s greatest detectives and Camilleri is one of Europe’s greatest crime writers

    Daily Mail
  • Montalbano’s colleagues, chance encounters, Sicilian mores, even the contents of his fridge are described with the wit and gusto that make this narrator the best company in crime fiction today

    Guardian
  • The godfather of Italian crime fiction . . . Rattling and wry detective fiction . . . These are police procedurals in which procedures are seldom followed.

    Observer

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