Monday, 11 July 2011
Andrea Camilleri: The Montalbano Mysteries
What is good about the novels is the quality of their plots. The complex structure of the rival police forces in Italy allows for almost unlimited complication, and then there's the existence of the Mafia. There's no lack of killing in Sicily and even the most extreme violence seems credible in that setting.
I've read the first 5 novels and so far each one of them has held my attention from beginning to end and I'm starting to develop a soft spot for the irritable Sicilian. It's partly the food - he's addicted to good cooking - sea bream grilled with garlic and lemon, home made pasta with a delicate sauce made from octopus, aubergines grilled with parmesan ....... I'm salivating just thinking about it. The novels are a combination of Morse and Masterchef and - judging by the number Camilleri's sold - it's a winning formula.