In this, the most maritime of Montalbano’s investigations, listeners will be struck by the change in the commissioner.
One night, Inspector Montalbano dreams of a stormy sea, which he knows represents unease and loss of control. The next day, a boat is found in the port of Vigàta and within it, the body of a disfigured corpse. The waterfront has also drawn in an 85-foot luxury boat passengered by 50 carefree souls and a somewhat shadowy crew. They will have to stay in Vigàta until the investigation is over: the man, it seems, was poisoned. However, right now, it is the yacht’s owner and sailors Montalbano is focused on.
Montalbano must navigate the murky waters of his relationship with Livia while trying to find which seafaring suspect is the real murderer.
©2008 Sellerio Editore. Translation © 2012 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“This series is distinguished by Camilleri’s remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing.” (Booklist)
I do not give 5 stars in any category except his books and the terrific performance (as always) by Grover Gardner. The humor is unbeatable, and the detective story is whipped cream on the top. I save Camilleri for times when I need a lift, and he never fails. You've got a treat in store, but go back to the first in the series and you'll see what I mean.
The familiar characters are at their best. However a side plot of M falling in love is not believable.
The main plot, involving a murder at sea, was as neatly woven as usual.
He is the perfect reader because he expresses all the familiar characters uniquely. Makes it even a better listen than a read.
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