Author: Andrea Camilleri, 1997. Translated from the Italian by Stephen Sartarelli, 2003.
Genre: Police Procedural. Crime Fiction.
Other Details: ebook. 276 pages.
Inspector Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to this murder . . - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
In this outing there is a great deal of tension between Montalbano and the recently appointed Commissioner of Police and aside from solving the murder he has to navigate these stormy political waters to protect not only his own career but the integrity of his command.
I have seen the TV adaptation of this novel at least twice and so was aware of whodunit from the start. However, there was still plenty to appreciate in the source material including small snippets of comedy played out in print.
This is a delightful series and I will not leave it so long before reading more.