Saturday, August 14, 2010

BOOK: The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri

The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, 227 pages
translated by Stephen Sartarelli

Suspense and Thriller Challenge; Four Month Challenge: a book and the next in the series (August Heat and The Wings of the Sphinx)

I'm impressed that book number eleven in the series is still on par with the earlier books. This book had all the great elements - Mimi, Gallo, and Fazio, plus lots of Catarello; still having issues with Livia; dealing with his commissionaire; and of course, lots of wonderful food and drink to distract Salvo. His midlife crisis is still going on as he deals with aging, the historical and literary allusions are a plenty, and the dealings with suspects was even more slapstick than usual - Montalbano is in his prime, even while dealing philosophically with Montalbano One and Two, sort of a Thing One and Two in his brain.  I thought this was a lighter way to tackle his aging and it worked well. The mystery wasn't too complicated and was easily solved. Now I am up to date on this series, and just need to wait for the next three to be translated.