Top positive review
on 6 April 2018
I am worried about Montalbano, with him becoming seriously worried about the onset of old age, worried about the possible onset of Alzheimer's disease (especially when he cannot remember the word Alzheimer), thinking of starting to make notes when interviewing witnesses and suspects, being nice to Mimi (warning him about walking into a political trap and allowing him to take the credit for solving a major crime solved by Montalbano himself), thanking people (including Catarella and Fazio), not having any major bust-ups with Livia and, apparently, being off his food a bit (he only has a handful of blowouts and one of those is based on "foreign" food - Swedish pickled herrings); but, however, there are at least another thirteen books to go, so things cannot be too bad.
Amidst it all, Montalbano picks his way down the complex and convoluted trail and gets the job done.
Some reviewers point out that this is a bit "same old, same old" but it is a thoroughly enjoyable, light, easy to read same old, from a consummate storyteller and so, for me, it does.
This time we are left with two big questions: first, the usual one of whether or not he will ever marry Livia, and second, the new one, of what the Commissioner wants to see Montalbano about.