Peppered with comments on Italian life, politics and the media, his stories are not only a joy to read, but also literary works in their own right. --New Statesman
Camilleri has created such a realistic and likeable hero that his books are both instructive and enjoyable; and the Sicilian setting is fascinating. Technically this is a police procedural; actually, it is an insightful psychological study of a good man in a deviant world. --Literary Review
'...grouch who loves to eat with his hands and cannot tolerate ties...gentle farce, slick plotting and catchphrases lovingly rehearsed...'