Prepare to be seduced by glorious Sicilian scenery, intriguing cases and a charismatic central performance. Luca Zingaretti IS Montalbano, humanity and warmth shining through in every episode. In six feature length investigations he checks out - amongst others - a goldsmith electrocuted, a blind man poisoned, an embezzler missing, old women mugged by a motorcyclist. Often there are surprises, little as it seems.
An early morning swim sets him up for each new day's challenges - he to be unfazed by bosses who try to pull rank, loyal to colleagues, leading from the front whenever there are risks. He genuinely cares for those who have suffered, if necessary bending the rules to give them a break. (Note that moving airport scene in the final episode - not a word spoken, but so much conveyed.)
Admittedly some episodes could do with a trim. (Officer Mimi's prolonged amorous yearnings seem rather obvious space filling and prove extremely tiresome.) Otherwise everything works a treat - many no doubt delighted how easily they cope with subtitles.
In short, a welcome wallow for all who appreciate a slower pace - a leisurely solving of crimes in travel brochure settings.