Rounding the Mark

Rounding the Mark

by Andrea Camilleri
Mystery
Penguin Books
Paperback, 276 pages
$15.00

On a leisurely swim on the Sicilian seashore Inspector Montalbano bumps into a corpse floating on the water. His subsequent investigation reveals a tangled web of murder, smuggling, and human trafficking. But, the macabre tale (first published in 2003) is underlain by a charming subtext of the life, culinary delights and bureaucratic bumbling of the Italian police. Camilleri’s work – including the long series of police procedurals involving Inspector Camilleri – is reminiscent of that of the delightful Donna Leon. Her series follows the detective work, dietary preferences and family life of Commisario Guido Brunetti. The difference is the setting. Leon’s stories unfold in the elegance of Venice; Camilleri’s play out on the hardscrabble coast of Sicily. Watch out, they’re both addictive!