Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Italian Mystery on the Menu: The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri

For our next round of Cook the Books, I have selected the first novel in author Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mystery series, The Shape of Water. I have read so many lovely reviews of the novels in this series by my CTB co-host, Simona, of Briciole, that I knew I had to dive into this book.


A few years ago, I was really smitten with the Inspector Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon and the clever Aurelio Zen mysteries (each set in a different Italian region) by Michael Dibdin and I voraciously read my way through them. I needed a break from my Year of the Italian Police Procedural, but after a hiatus of reading an assortment of other wonderful books I took up Simona's recommendation and read The Shape of Water.

And now I am hooked again on an engrossing mystery series. Perfetto!

Here's my introduction to this great book:

Our very first Cook the Books pick focused on Sicily (we read Lily Prior's novel "La Cucina" and I propose we return to the "scene of the crime" by reading the first book in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteryseries by author Andrea Camilleri. "The Shape of Water" is the book and in it, the scrupulously honest Inspector searches to uncover the facts behind the death of an engineer that local bigwigs, including Montalbano's police chief, don't want investigated. However as the rear cover blurb on my copy of the book notes, "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.

We will have not one but two delightful guest judges for this round of Cook the Books: husband and wife Lavonne and David Neff, who blog about "books and films on religion, politics, murder, and other congenial topics for polite dinner-table conversation" over at The Neff Review. You can read Lavonne's excellent review of The Shape of Water there.

Submissions to this round of Cook the Books are due Monday, March 25th.

And now, hie thee to the bookstore or library, grab this luscious book and enjoy!

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15 comments:

Foodycat said...

My mother is so excited about this one - she loves Montalbano. She's already written her entry!

Simona said...

I just finished reading The Shape of Water for the third time and experienced what it means to go back to the beginning of a long acquaintance. Coincidentally, I re-read The Shape of Water after reading the most recent Montalbano novel, published last October. I have half an idea of what to make for Montalbano. We'll see what happens. Glad to read Alicia's mother got excited. Thanks Rachel!

Foodycat said...

http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-cats-mother-guest-blogs-cook-books.html here is her guest blog! I hope I have time to read it too!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I just got my copy of the book and I am ready to delve in! Love that Foodycat's mom is joining in this round too! ;-)

Claudia said...

I always enjoy the Montalbano mysteries. My post is now up.

Simona said...

Here is mine: http://www.pulcetta.com/2013/03/reginelle-sesame-cookies.html

Ana said...

My post for inspector Montalbano is ready:http://sweetalmondtree.blogspot.com/2013/03/cook-books-shape-of-water.html

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

I wasn't sure about this one at first (okay, not really in the end, either), but... I do love that it was something I would have never picked to read myself. :) Linked up my post!

Debra Eliotseats said...

I'm was with Heather but really got into it it at the end. I also applaud CTB for making me pick up a book I would never have considered. (Did I hear there was a movie in the works for FnF, Heather???) Posting and linking up tomorrow.

Debra Eliotseats said...

Just linked up! http://eliotseats.com/?p=13266

Foodycat said...

I'm done http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/two-pastas-for-shape-of-water-cook-books.html

Deb in Hawaii said...

Sneaking right under the deadline again! ;-) I'm posted.

seasea16 said...

My first submission. What fun we've had..

s,b&b said...

So happy to have found this new (to us) club.. so much fun!

Simona said...

The second novel of the series is The Terra-Cotta Dog and the third is The Snack Thief. I recommend both. And if you can get hold of the movies, they are really good.