The Shape of Water

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Pub Date 20 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 14 Oct 2021

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'It's a treat to read about the sunshine, food and wine of Chief Inspector Montalbano's native Sicily' Ann Cleeves

‘Among the most exquisitely crafted pieces of crime writing available today . . . simply superb’ Sunday Times

‘The best company in crime fiction today’ Guardian

‘One of fiction’s greatest detectives . . . utterly gripping’ Daily Mirror

When the body of respected and prominent engineer Silvio Luparello is discovered in the Pasture, a rubbish-strewn site brimming with drug dealers and prostitutes, the coroner’s verdict is death from natural causes – refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano of the Vigàta police force, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case, despite pressure from Vigàta’s police chief, judge, and bishop.

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, carefully planted false clues, trigger-happy Mafia members, and delicious Sicilian fare, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri's wry, brilliantly compelling bestselling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector Montalbano.

'It's a treat to read about the sunshine, food and wine of Chief Inspector Montalbano's native Sicily' Ann Cleeves

‘Among the most exquisitely crafted pieces of crime writing available today...


Advance Praise

The Inspector Montalbano series has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-two languages and has been adapted for Italian television, screened on BBC4.

The Inspector Montalbano series has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-two languages and has been adapted for Italian television, screened on BBC4.


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Perfection.... The very first in the wonderful Inspector Montalbano Sicilian mysteries and a top class introduction to the reliable, methodical yet completely street wise Inspector. Told with wit and gusto these tales are always compelling, engaging and evoke a perfect ambiance. Our well drawn protagonist is accompanied by a solid cast of always colourful and ever interesting characters. Perfection.

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A real joy to read this first outing for Inspector Montalbano. This was the first book I read by Andrea Camilleri and I have subsequently read each title in this series, in order of publication. This book centres almost inclusively on the main character and unlike many debut crime novels does little to pad background details. The books stands alone, Montalbano is a fully formed character and the basics introduced here will remain true for him throughout his journey. Sicilian life is a glorious backdrop to the drama; the political and criminal realities well represented. Although fictional places are used for the immediate environs the language, culture and senses are authentic nods to this location. Beautifully translated into English with masterful care; aspects are further explained in an appendix to clarify references and language. Reading the text again I see why I fell in love with books and why they adorn my library shelves.

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