(My review on goodreads)
There is not much notable about this novel - and that’s good! It is a good solid Montalbano mystery, with most of the usual elements and few innovations. Except … the sub-plot is about the European immigration crisis and the variety of responses to it. Those responses are: compassion on the part of Montalbano, wild conspiracy theories by the local prosecutor, and utter exhaustion on the part of the police forces detailed to escort incoming shiploads of immigrants to processing facilities.
The investigation into the murder (i.e. the reason we are here in the first place) follows the expected sequence of shock, bewilderment, basic forensics, nagging questions, flash of insight, confirmation, major f**k-up, resolution. All as it should be.
Food: check. “Already taken care of”: check. Demands from Livia: check. Beautiful woman: check.
Tutto a posto!
So overall this is a good addition to the series, and surprisingly good given that it is the 24th in the series.