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Summary

The 28th and final novel in the thrilling, wickedly funny Inspector Montalbano Mysteries series by best-selling author Andrea Camilleri.

‘Contrary to what you think, I’m carrying out this investigation as best I can. But let’s do this: if I get stuck, if I find I can’t go forward or back, then I’ll let you know, and you can step in. And offer me a way out. You’ve gained a bit of detective work through me, haven’t you? What do you say?’

‘I’m game,’ said the Author....

When Inspector Montalbano receives an early-morning phone call it proves to be the start of a very trying day. For the caller expects Montalbano to arrive imminently at a rendezvous with some friends. But before he can reply, the caller announces himself as someone called Riccardino and hangs up.

Later that day, news comes in of a brutal slaying in broad daylight by an unknown assassin who makes his getaway on a motorbike. And when the Inspector learns of the victim’s identity - a man called Riccardino - his troubles are only just beginning. For soon, he must contend with the involvement of a local bishop and a fortune teller who reports some strange goings-on in her neighbourhood.

All roads soon lead to a local salt mine, but the case proves stubbornly intractable until Montalbano receives another unexpected call....

©2021 Andrea Camilleri (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Emperor’s New Clothes

A total Montalbano/Camillieri fan here. So looked forward to this. It’s absolutely unbelievably bad. Even Mark Meadows descends into parody. I’m sure many people will disagree as it is the eagerly awaited last case but Camillieri definitely did not do anyone any favours. Could barely get to the end. I will always be grateful for the world of Montalbano both in the books and the RAI adaptations with the wonderful Luca Zingaretti but definitely out with a whimper and not a bang.

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gripping

such a shame it's the last installment of the Cicilian inspector. well worth a listen.

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I liked it


some people have been harsh about this book but it is a very interesting way to finish , I will miss the stories and characters.

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A travesty

This is the saddest end to the Montalbano stories. The murder mystery lacks both the humanity of the previous stories and the warmth of the relationships between Montalbano and his long-suffering team. Montalbano himself has become a charmless bore. The novel is hamstrung by the author’s conceit of inserting himself in dialogue with Montalbano. The work is not worthy of Camilleri’s great talent and his publishers should never have allowed it to see the light of day

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a sad ending to a great series of books

Sadly the voice artist does not do justice to the characters and the tales within the series of Montalbano
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Dismal

I thought this might have been a full blooded and engaging finale to a brilliant series but sadly not in the combative vein and no conclusions to the Livia situation or come uppance for Raganesse. The narrator seemed to have Caterellas vitals in the vice for this one which made him more ridiculous than ever. Whole thing just faded away.