This is the first of Camilleri's books that I have read and I want to read more. Like other novels in translation I find it takes a little time to get into the rhythm of the text but well worth the effort. Inspector Montalbano is an intriguing character, sometimes laconic and world weary but nevertheless a sharp witted and intuitive investigator. I know a little more of the Scilian way of life (and death) through reading this novel. The plot is well-constructed with enough red herrings to keep readers on their toes. The references to local landscapes, culture, politics, and the social mores of the place add real depth to the story making it a cut above the average 'whodunnit'.