The Age of Doubt

An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
The Age of Doubt: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery. Penguin Group (USA). Jun. 2012. c.288p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143120926. pap. $15. M
In this 14th installment (after The Potter's Field) of the internationally popular series set in Vigata, Sicily, Inspector Montalbano once again wrangles with local politics, mysterious strangers, and the ever-present dilemma of what to have for dinner. This time, two yachts, docked in Vigata's port, bring a flirty heiress, undercover operatives, and a whole cast of shady characters to town. An unidentified body found floating in a dinghy complicates the plot. Montalbano is further distracted by the charms of Lieutenant Belladonna of the Harbor Office, whose attentions cause trouble between Montalbano and Livia, his out-of-town girlfriend.
VERDICT As with Camilleri's other Montalbano novels, familiar personalities and settings don't fail to delight. The inspector and his colorful crew remain quirky and unpredictable, and the mysteries continue to entertain. This esteemed series is a great example of local color and characters who will appeal to fans of mysteries set in international locales.
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