Top positive review
on 16 June 2017
Camilleri's beautifully crafted stories about Inspector Montalbano are a joy to read. I have yet to read one which I consider poor, but some are definitely more enjoyable than others. In my opinion 'The Potter's Field' is one of his best. Montalbano not only has a complicated case to unravel (the reasons behind the death of an unidentified man, whose dismembered body has been cut into 30 different pieces) but he is also struggling to understand why his deputy, Mimi, is behaving in a strange, hostile manner. As he gradually understands the case he realises he must think carefully how to both bring it to a satisfactory conclusion and leave his relationship with Mimi intact.
'The Potter's Field' is pitch perfect - even Montalbano's relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend Livia seems to be going well for a change (he visits her twice during the course of the investigation). If you've not previously read any of these stories, it's not essential that you read them in order, so why not give this one a try?