8: The Scent of the Night

Camilleri My eighth book-review retrospective is The Scent of the Night, the sixth of a wonderful series of books by Andrea Camilleri. My full review can be read here.

“The strength of this book is the sense of place: the love that Montalbano has for his environment, his history and his way of life – and in this book, he is even showing signs of maturing in his relationship with long-term but permanently (it seems) absent girlfriend Livia, despite some unfortunate incidents with a sweater. He is enraged by progress, when progress is defined as covering the land with concrete, then abandoning it. There are beautiful little snapshots of this vanishing culture, for example when Montalbano discovers a remote shack where he eats a meal which he won’t forget in a hurry. The police in Montalbano’s team feature strongly in this outing also: Mimi’s wedding traumas; Fazio’s understanding and loyalty even when his boss has quite clearly strayed over the line of what is legal; and of course my favourite, the verbally challenged, overenthusiastic Caterella.”