A Nest of Vipers
Best-selling Italian crime writer Andrea Camilleri was an unknown author in his 70s when he created enigmatic Sicilian inspector Salvo Montalbano. As the Rome-based 92-year-old produces his 21st mystery in the series, it is easy to see the appeal of Montalbano.
While he steadfastly tackles cases reflecting topical crime, it is his home life that draws us in. Long-term girlfriend Livia regularly flies in from Genoa to “comfort” her melancholy boyfriend, but Montalbano will do anything to avoid her dreadful cooking. Opening the door to his fridge is ever enticing – refined ingredients for sardines fried in onion, filled with pine nuts and sultanas. As the detective investigates the murder of wealthy accountant Cosimo Barletta, the finger points at his son, but then a nest of vipers is revealed.