A Nest of Vipers

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books - by An­drea Camil­leri, Pan Macmil­lan.

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.

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