Review by Booklist Review
The New York Times best-selling Commissario Salvo Montalbano series marks 25 years of continuous publication with the release of this twenty-fifth entry (after Death at Sea, 2018), and it is a sterling example of the universal appeal that has led the series to be translated into 32 languages. As always, Camilleri works in plenty of Sicilian color and many mentions of delectable local cuisine, best of which just might be the pastry trays Montalbano uses to persuade pathologist Dr. Pasquano to give his undivided attention to the case at hand. After being hauled in by the Carabinieri (interagency turf battles are a series staple) for alleged brawling on the beach, Montalbano is confronted with an extremely puzzling crime. Female bank employees are being abducted, drugged, and then released unharmed a few hours later. An incident of arson and a missing store owner become oddly intertwined with the kidnappings, which need to be resolved before not only general panic, but also bank panic, sets in. Recommend to readers looking for a sure-bet international mystery.--Jane Murphy Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Two women are abducted, held overnight, and released without harm or ransom demands, stumping Sicily's Insp. Salvo Montalbano and his colleagues, in bestseller Camilleri's welcome 23rd novel featuring the worldweary policeman (after 2018's The Pyramid of Mud). They discover that the first two victims-and then a third-are all lowlevel bank employees, but otherwise make little progress. Meanwhile, they must look into an arson case and the disappearance of the torched shop's owner. The stakes rise as the cases intertwine and two bodies turn up. Montalbano punctuates his deductions with wry observations and classical allusions; he follows his frequent lunches at Enzo's trattoria by seaside walks where he gets his best thinking done. The aging detective's insights into the darker side of human nature allow him to cut through the red herrings as the action builds to a crisp, decisive ending. The Sicilian dialect of the police station's switchboard operator, as rendered in Sartarelli's adept translation, provides comic relief. Camilleri fans are in for a treat. Agent: Carmen Prestia, Alferjeprestia (Italy). (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Insp. Salvo Montalbano arrives at work late one morning, after his attempt to break up a fight ends in all three men, including Montalbano, being arrested by the carabinieri. Once at work, he learns of a kidnapping in which a woman was abducted, drugged, and released unharmed the next morning. Then the same thing happens a second time, with another woman. Both victims are in their 30s and work at banks. When a third kidnapping turns violent, bankers everywhere start to worry. However, Montalbano and his team have another case on their hands. This one is arson, and the owner of the shop, Marcello Di Carlo, has disappeared. Montalbano is shrewd enough to find a connection between Di Carlo's vanishing and the unusual abductions. Camilleri's sequel to The Pyramid of Mud, with its descriptions of Sicilian politics, customs, and food, has enough humor involving the office staff at the police department to be a Sicilian cousin of Bill Crider's "Sheriff Dan Rhodes" mysteries. VERDICT Armchair travelers who enjoy Cay Rademacher's police procedurals set in Provence, France, or Jeffrey Siger's Greece-set crime novels may want to venture to Sicily.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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