The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri's wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector Montalbano.

The goats of Vigàta once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case - even though he's being pressured by Vigàta's police chief, judge, and bishop.

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

The Shape of Water is followed by the second in this phenomenal series, The Terracotta Dog.

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  • Matthew

    When a book is described as 'light,' there's usually a negative connotation to this adjective: by lightness what we mean is something along the lines of 'written without careful craft,' or sometimes, ...

  • Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    Well now... I decided to try Camilleri because I'd watched one of the Montalbano series on TV. You know how it is, you find the characters and scenery interesting, the story lines are good... you're j...

  • Martin

    Sicily in the grip of corrupt politicians, multi-service military/police and the ever present mafia is home to Inspector Salvo MontalbanoWho is in charge here?Two politicians had decided to send a num...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    I typically avoid crime novels but having spent several vacations during the last decade in south-eastern Sicily and having seen Montalbano's name ubiquitously every where I went, I figured I needed t...

  • Marwan

    Well, comparing to the previous one I read (the voice of the violin) this one has less humor, but it still has the smooth writing, the twists and some thrill. Inspector Montalbano is still an interest...

  • Lynne King

    27 May 2020This will be a re-read for me as it is the choice of the book club that I belong to. I'm intrigued to see if I still give the same high rating that I gave eight years ago.* * * * * * * * * ...

  • John Martin

    Well worth the rideThis novel ticks all the boxes for me in this genre.It's a fairly complex story, not made easier with the array of Italian character names.But if you enjoy unravelling mysteries, it...

  • Elyse  Walters

    "What is the shape of water?" "Water doesn't have any shape! I said laughing. It takes the shape you give it."This is my first Andrea Camilleri novel .....and the first in a series. The mystery itself...

  • Richard Derus

    Review can now be seen at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud....

  • Alice Lippart

    Loved the setting, the characters and the way it's written! Did figure out the mystery though, which I'm usually not able to do, but overall, excellent cosy mystery. Can't wait to read the next one....