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Based on a true story and told with the pacing, humor, and thrills of a Mediterranean mystery, Andrea Camilleri’s novel tells of a turn-of-the-century Sicilian scandal that revealed a tendency that is with us still: the refusal to accept the truth.

The lawyer and journalist Matteo Teresi discovers the existence of a secret sect whose members include priests, politicians, and regional VIPs. During the early morning hours, when the town’s churches are closed, the "Sect of the Angels" meets in the sacristy to carry out their holy office: initiating devout virgins into the rites of married life. Preying on their victims’ naivete, the hooded "elect" commit ignominious acts while promising the young women divine grace.

In 1901, at a time of immense changes in Sicilian society, the scandal breaks nationwide. But far from being hailed as a hero, Teresi is accused of disrupting the status quo and irrationally blamed for an outbreak of disease and a series of calamities.

From the salons, churches, and social clubs of Sicily to the country’s highest courts, Camilleri’s novel is a fast-paced, at times funny, passionately rendered portrait of the machinations of power and the difficult destiny of a local hero.

©2019 Andrea Camilleri (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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First I wasn't for sure about the book, but it proved to be another great Camilleri book

I had a little hard time keeping all the characters straight in the beginning, but I listened a little harder and got the main characters straight. A lawyer intent on keeping the priest honest in the small town, found that the people weren't happy about that. It's worth your credit. Book based on a true story. Because it takes place in Italy, I am having a hard time writing a correct review giving a better plot review. I will listen to it again. I love Grover Gardner the narrator. Enjoy.

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  • 07-09-22

Camilieri at his best

A story loosely woven from real events this is a delightful historical novel set in Sicily in the early C20th.

I was a little concerned about the American accent to begin with. I shouldn’t have been, Grover Gardener is pitch perfect.