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The new novel in the transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series Two deaths, the suicide a newly laid-off worker and an unscrupulous businessman found murdered, leads Inspector Montalbano to inspect the Halcyon, a nearly abandoned mysterious ship with no passengers.


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The new novel in the transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series Two deaths, the suicide a newly laid-off worker and an unscrupulous businessman found murdered, leads Inspector Montalbano to inspect the Halcyon, a nearly abandoned mysterious ship with no passengers.

30 review for The Cook of the Halcyon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Weird, really weird. It’s set in a different timeframe compared to the last book. So you have a younger Commissario and a still there Livia. Plus, the story is soo weird, an action movie vibe that is so no Montalbano. But how can’t you love a book by Camilleri even if with a paisà from the FBI?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Boy was this bad. A novella scraped together from a scrapped teleplay. Camilleri could choose just to stop, and to leave us with our very treasured memories. But it appears that there is an industry that needs to be fed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The last Montalbano novel penned by the great Camilleri before his death (excluding the still unpublished one which marks the end of Montalbano, but that wont be a crime novel per sè). Number 27 in the series. Though nowhere the greatness of his early novels, it is by far the best of the latest Montalbano novels. As if right before his death he wanted to leave on a high. It is an intriguing plot which borders between espionage, noir, Christie setups, intelligent red herrings, murky waters and ha The last Montalbano novel penned by the great Camilleri before his death (excluding the still unpublished one which marks the end of Montalbano, but that wont be a crime novel per sè). Number 27 in the series. Though nowhere the greatness of his early novels, it is by far the best of the latest Montalbano novels. As if right before his death he wanted to leave on a high. It is an intriguing plot which borders between espionage, noir, Christie setups, intelligent red herrings, murky waters and half a dozen mentions of Malta. It is a sad farewell to a great gumshoe, who for a quarter of a century I have religiously followed and who has heavily influenced my career as a crime writer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is one of Andrea Camilleri's latest books to be translated after his death and published in English. It was to be written as a TV series but was scrubbed and made into a book. What happens is that Montalbano is taken off the police and put into retirement, but this is a ruse and he's put on a ship (the Halcyon) as the cook. Fazio is his assistant cook, but they are made up so that no one recognizes them. What they are to do is put the crew and guests to sleep and then hog tie them up so the This is one of Andrea Camilleri's latest books to be translated after his death and published in English. It was to be written as a TV series but was scrubbed and made into a book. What happens is that Montalbano is taken off the police and put into retirement, but this is a ruse and he's put on a ship (the Halcyon) as the cook. Fazio is his assistant cook, but they are made up so that no one recognizes them. What they are to do is put the crew and guests to sleep and then hog tie them up so they can be made ready for transport to jail. The people who set this up were killed and Montalbano had to do this without the people knowing. In the end Mimi Augello came on the ship at the end and didn't recognize Montalbano or Fazio because of their disguises and shots Fazio and pistol whips Montalbano. We leave both our hero's in the hospital. Andrea put Montalbano is some situations that I didn't go into, but we're left with wonder as to what's really happening. As always each book is written with an appreciation to put humor and excitement into the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Set in the magical world of Inspector Montalbano, a police procedural like no other. Fully Italian and sensitive to Sicily, its language, people and cuisine. Never formulaic, but with familiar characters, relationships and a well defined moral compass. Brought to life in an award winning TV series, the books resonate all that is good about life, humour, food, passion and the overspill of uncontrolled emotion, greed and crime. Always reflecting the political concerns, be they corruption, immigration Set in the magical world of Inspector Montalbano, a police procedural like no other. Fully Italian and sensitive to Sicily, its language, people and cuisine. Never formulaic, but with familiar characters, relationships and a well defined moral compass. Brought to life in an award winning TV series, the books resonate all that is good about life, humour, food, passion and the overspill of uncontrolled emotion, greed and crime. Always reflecting the political concerns, be they corruption, immigration, unemployment and gang related violence - the Mafia and organised crime. This story is far removed from the sleepy existence Montalbano enjoys; he feels age creeping up on him and his gentle easing into retirement is turned on its head. The reason the book seems more adventurous is explained in part in the author’s comments but mostly as the Chief is taken out of his familiar environment. This in turn we are led to believe is because his empire, his local police unit is being systematically broken up while he is ordered to take unused annual leave built up over the years. Not everything is what it seems however but in trying to wrestle back some authority he overplays his hand and places himself and others in a rather dangerous setting. Perhaps he is too old to be an action hero? I loved the humour as always; the mood swings, the sense of danger. The characters are intimate and you feel part of this fictional landscape. In the broader brushstrokes of this novel, set within a larger canvas you feel every fear, share in the sense of losing control, experience the loss of appetite and understand the doubts. Montalbano is nothing if not resourceful; a bender of the truth, bright and quick witted enough to talk his way out of most situation. Here though you feel, as he alludes to, that he has been played, outmanoeuvred and check mated. As stated above, to reclaim some control and pride he overplays his hand and in doing allows us to enjoy a thrilling conclusion to this story that places him in great danger and not the cop we can more readily identify with, in some of his recent cases.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    The titular Halcyon is the name of the schooner whose owners are up to no good. I dare not say even a single thing more — not even repeat the book blurb, as it’s pretty misleading. Let’s just say that there are so many twists and surprises in this novel, that you begin to wonder if Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano will even make it out alive! I want to say that the late Andea Camillieri redeemed himself with this 27th novel in this remarkable series. However, The Cook of the Halcyon was written l The titular Halcyon is the name of the schooner whose owners are up to no good. I dare not say even a single thing more — not even repeat the book blurb, as it’s pretty misleading. Let’s just say that there are so many twists and surprises in this novel, that you begin to wonder if Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano will even make it out alive! I want to say that the late Andea Camillieri redeemed himself with this 27th novel in this remarkable series. However, The Cook of the Halcyon was written long before The Sicilian Method, the last book — and worst — that Camillieri wrote. So it’s more a taste of the early caliber of Camillieri’s writing rather than a turnaround. But The Cook of the Halcyon brought me back to the days when a Montalbano novel was sharp, very suspenseful and quirky, and Salvo and Livia Burlando, Salvo’s long-distance girlfriend, were still on good terms. For that, I’m most grateful. Only one more book remains to be released. The final book, No. 28, was written in 2005, and was always intended to be the last in the series, like Agatha Christie’s Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. I’m obviously devastated by the end of such a wonderful series, but at least I had The Cook of the Halcyon to wash the terrible taste of The Sicilian Method, so we could end on a high note.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alison C

    Inspector Montalbano is non-plussed to learn, via formal letter, that he must take vacation time off in 10-day increments until he reaches retirement age because he has accumulated so much. While he is off, his police station is abruptly “reorganized,” his men dispersed to other stations and his job taken over by a younger man - all with no warning to him! When he objects, however, he discovers that all of this is pre-planned, and that the American CIA, the Mafia and various other entities are i Inspector Montalbano is non-plussed to learn, via formal letter, that he must take vacation time off in 10-day increments until he reaches retirement age because he has accumulated so much. While he is off, his police station is abruptly “reorganized,” his men dispersed to other stations and his job taken over by a younger man - all with no warning to him! When he objects, however, he discovers that all of this is pre-planned, and that the American CIA, the Mafia and various other entities are involved in a major operation…. “The Cook of the Halcyon” is the 27th, and penultimate, book in this long series; Mr. Camilleri died in 2019 and we’re just lucky that there were a few books still to come after that. I think it’s imperative that one read the whole series in order, simply because the relationships between the main characters are so integral to the stories, and because the books are generally a joy to read. In this volume, we get to spend a bit more time with Livia and Montalbano together, which is a bonus; and even though the mystery plot itself is reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, Mr. Camilleri pulls it off by acknowledging that fact himself in semi-meta fashion. Highly recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Fitzpatrick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The days of well constructed, intriguing and entertaining Montalbano mysteries are clearly long over. This novel was originally a screenplay for a film - clearly an American film as it includes a key role for the FBI. The film didn't come off, but it has been re-cast it as a novel, and frankly, it doesn't work. We have totally left the world of police procedural realism. In this story Montalbano is sent on a long holiday, replaced at his office by the Commissioner, fired, and then discovers it i The days of well constructed, intriguing and entertaining Montalbano mysteries are clearly long over. This novel was originally a screenplay for a film - clearly an American film as it includes a key role for the FBI. The film didn't come off, but it has been re-cast it as a novel, and frankly, it doesn't work. We have totally left the world of police procedural realism. In this story Montalbano is sent on a long holiday, replaced at his office by the Commissioner, fired, and then discovers it is all a front to get him to work undercover with the FBI investigating a drug cartel summit meeting aboard a luxury yacht. Montalbano becomes the chef for the yacht, having got his housekeeper Adelina to quickly teach him how to cook! Huge body count, ridiculous games to do with disguises for Montalbano and Fazio, the role of high class prostitutes and a jealousy sub-plot with Livia, and a daft plot to bring the crooks to justice whilst at sea. I got fed up with it half way through, but finished it out of loyalty to the series. Shame. One book to go, still awaiting translation. I hope it is good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A very dark and visceral installment which is out of character for the series. Is this the last one? Or are they still translating more books? The previous book left us with the impression that the relationship with Livia was done; yet in this book there’s no indication of a strained relationship. Perhaps the numbering is related to the order they are translated rather than the chronological process of the stories. Camilleri had the last book written well in advance of his death so I’m wondering A very dark and visceral installment which is out of character for the series. Is this the last one? Or are they still translating more books? The previous book left us with the impression that the relationship with Livia was done; yet in this book there’s no indication of a strained relationship. Perhaps the numbering is related to the order they are translated rather than the chronological process of the stories. Camilleri had the last book written well in advance of his death so I’m wondering when that one will appear. Montalbano actually becomes the title. He’s really out of sorts in this one. He slaps a factory owner who behaves like an entitled jerk. The factory owner is subsequently murdered and complicit in some high scale international crime that brings the FBI to Vigata. Next thing we know Montalbano is being fired and his house is for sale. And Montalbano jumps into the fire with more of his great ideas. He’s a sixty year old man who should retire and maybe what happened on the Halcyon will force him to make that decision finally.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    3.5 stars An enjoyable story of Montalbano plying his usual skill set (investigation of murders, etc.) but also developing capabilities in other areas, as he gets closer to retirement. This ended up being more of a thriller than we are used to seeing in a Montalbano story, but it was well done. In this book, Camilerri seemed determined to bring up just about every character that has ever appeared in a Montalbano book. So you do get the feeling that this was a bit of a swan song for the series sin 3.5 stars An enjoyable story of Montalbano plying his usual skill set (investigation of murders, etc.) but also developing capabilities in other areas, as he gets closer to retirement. This ended up being more of a thriller than we are used to seeing in a Montalbano story, but it was well done. In this book, Camilerri seemed determined to bring up just about every character that has ever appeared in a Montalbano book. So you do get the feeling that this was a bit of a swan song for the series since every key character is covered, however briefly. There are times in the book where Montalbano appears to be a caricature of himself, really going over the top in key situations. It is as if Montalbano, nearing retirement, has a more fraught mental state than we are used to. The overall humor is still good. Overall, an enjoyable, but different, story about one of the sharpest Inspectors in Sicily.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    I love inspector Montalbano and his TV shows. This particular book (#27) as it reads in preface was originally wrote as a screen play and after 10 years used as new book in Montalbano series. That is probably the reason why it deviates from the last story (#26). Maybe first half of the book was little slow but second half was worth it. This is my assessments of this book The Cook of the Halcyon by Andrea Camilleri according to my 7 criteria: 1. Too long and Strenuous action - exciting and short - I love inspector Montalbano and his TV shows. This particular book (#27) as it reads in preface was originally wrote as a screen play and after 10 years used as new book in Montalbano series. That is probably the reason why it deviates from the last story (#26). Maybe first half of the book was little slow but second half was worth it. This is my assessments of this book The Cook of the Halcyon by Andrea Camilleri according to my 7 criteria: 1. Too long and Strenuous action - exciting and short - 4 stars 2. Boring - fun - 3 stars 3. Not difficult to read (as for non English native speaker] - 4 stars. 4. Predictable (common) - good story (unusual) - 4 stars 5. Shalow story - has a deeper meaning - 3 stars. 6. The story is mass and Unfinished - The story is clear, understandable and well rounded - 3 stars 7. Dry and uninspired style of writing - Smooth style with humorous and fun characters - 4 stars Total 3,57 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is amusing at times, yes, but does start off confusing the reader since it really does not conform to the typical Montalbano routine. The author noted before his death that it was a script/outline prepared for a movie venture between Americans and Italians that fell through. Yes, Livia makes appearance though short lived. In a nutshell, Americans become interested in the criminal activities of person living in the region who is operating a boat (the Halcyon) in international waters as a gam This is amusing at times, yes, but does start off confusing the reader since it really does not conform to the typical Montalbano routine. The author noted before his death that it was a script/outline prepared for a movie venture between Americans and Italians that fell through. Yes, Livia makes appearance though short lived. In a nutshell, Americans become interested in the criminal activities of person living in the region who is operating a boat (the Halcyon) in international waters as a gambling and vice center. Part of the scheme is to have Montalbano and his regular team fired and since he has little to do, his cook teaches him how to make all of his favorite dishes allowing Montalbano to play the role of cook on this ship of fools. Not recommended for anyone other than Montalbano fans.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    The 27th novel in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. Originally published in Italian in 2019. The English translations have been done by Stephen Sartarelli. Although Camilleri died in 2019 after a heart attack, at age 93, a number of books have been published since, including this one, which was written for another project entirely. I would be happy to see anything about Montalbano for many years to come! Well, another surprise, or perhaps not such a surprise.... It's the same d The 27th novel in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. Originally published in Italian in 2019. The English translations have been done by Stephen Sartarelli. Although Camilleri died in 2019 after a heart attack, at age 93, a number of books have been published since, including this one, which was written for another project entirely. I would be happy to see anything about Montalbano for many years to come! Well, another surprise, or perhaps not such a surprise.... It's the same day I started the book and now I'm finished! What a wild ride. Firings, killings, mafia summit, Italian cooking, and much much more. What a 5 star read! Two of them back to back..... I may need a rest.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Helen Pakpahan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've always liked the Montelbano series - where the crime is usually solved incidentially to some delicious Sicilian food and the action is primarily an argument with the commissioner. This book starts very slowly - Montelbano on leave and then thunders into an unexplained action movie (boat heist) in partnership with FBI. But there are so many plot holes... Who were the passengers; who was steering the boat; why are the FBI involved; why all the business of breaking up Vigatta police team and di I've always liked the Montelbano series - where the crime is usually solved incidentially to some delicious Sicilian food and the action is primarily an argument with the commissioner. This book starts very slowly - Montelbano on leave and then thunders into an unexplained action movie (boat heist) in partnership with FBI. But there are so many plot holes... Who were the passengers; who was steering the boat; why are the FBI involved; why all the business of breaking up Vigatta police team and discrediting Montelbano in the press? I just dont think it makes sense and it feels like a rushed job to convert story concept into a Montelbano... definitely one only for real fans and if youve read every other one first.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arrel

    A mysterious ship, the Halcyon, periodically comes into port and takes on lots of culinary supplies, but never any passengers - what's going on. A couple of murders catches Montalbano's attention and he ends up disguised as the (pretty competent) cook on this ship. Lots of intrigue to get him on that ship - does he manage to break up a multi-national drug dealing conference? It's an entertaining and bittersweet read to find out, and I recommend you do that. After all, this is the penultimate myst A mysterious ship, the Halcyon, periodically comes into port and takes on lots of culinary supplies, but never any passengers - what's going on. A couple of murders catches Montalbano's attention and he ends up disguised as the (pretty competent) cook on this ship. Lots of intrigue to get him on that ship - does he manage to break up a multi-national drug dealing conference? It's an entertaining and bittersweet read to find out, and I recommend you do that. After all, this is the penultimate mystery from the now deceased Andrea Camilleri - only the final work, stored in his editor's desk until his passing, remains to be published. Enjoy it while you can, then I guess we start at the beginning of his works, fondly remembering his imagination, writing skills, and lovable characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darius Ostrowski

    So, definitely not one of Camilleri's best efforts. In a postscript he admits that this was a screenplay he wrote 10 years ago that was never made, he polished it up and put it out. Montalbano is playing the action hero, starring in a complicated plot dreamed up by an FBI agent. The Halcyon is a boat taken out and used for illegal activities, but the FBI has a very complicated plot to catch the bad guys in the act. Going for a thriller vibe, not really much on character and police procedural. Eve So, definitely not one of Camilleri's best efforts. In a postscript he admits that this was a screenplay he wrote 10 years ago that was never made, he polished it up and put it out. Montalbano is playing the action hero, starring in a complicated plot dreamed up by an FBI agent. The Halcyon is a boat taken out and used for illegal activities, but the FBI has a very complicated plot to catch the bad guys in the act. Going for a thriller vibe, not really much on character and police procedural. Everyone is a caricature of what we're used to seeing, I guess it would have made for an interesting TV show 10 years ago, but not so much a good novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    2.5 stars, rounded up. Weird story, partially explained by Camilleri in his end note as this novel was initially intended to be a screenplay. A local businessman, who is living large, closes his factory, drawing massive protests from disgruntled employees. Montalbano's small police force in Vigata allows the mob to beat up the security team at the factory. Out of the blue, Montalbano is forced to take a vacation, and when he tries to organize his own protest, he is dismissed. The FBI becomes int 2.5 stars, rounded up. Weird story, partially explained by Camilleri in his end note as this novel was initially intended to be a screenplay. A local businessman, who is living large, closes his factory, drawing massive protests from disgruntled employees. Montalbano's small police force in Vigata allows the mob to beat up the security team at the factory. Out of the blue, Montalbano is forced to take a vacation, and when he tries to organize his own protest, he is dismissed. The FBI becomes interested in the criminal activities of the same local businessman from his connection to a yacht (the Halcyon), operating in international waters as a gambling and vice center.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    It was a decent read but I didn't find this up to scratch, the plot and addition of figures across the pond made it a bad direct to tv movie. Too far fetched and silly. I was loooking forward to this but it wasn't up to par for me and *SPOILER FROM LAST BOOK* Salvo was visiting his girlfriend Livia, who dumped him in the last book. So where does this fit in chronologically? Just felt out of place and not the finale to the series I hoped it would be. That said I have loved this series as a whole an It was a decent read but I didn't find this up to scratch, the plot and addition of figures across the pond made it a bad direct to tv movie. Too far fetched and silly. I was loooking forward to this but it wasn't up to par for me and *SPOILER FROM LAST BOOK* Salvo was visiting his girlfriend Livia, who dumped him in the last book. So where does this fit in chronologically? Just felt out of place and not the finale to the series I hoped it would be. That said I have loved this series as a whole and wish there were more to read but I look forward to returning to Vigata many times with Salvo, Mimi, Fazio and of course Catarella.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Rating 2.5 If this is the last Montalbano then this is a disappointing end to the series. At times I wondered if the book had been translated by the usual person as it didn’t read (or feel) like a Montalbano story. It might have worked as a movie but wouldn’t have fitted into the tv series very well, as the books and the characters do not belong in an American style thriller environment. If it had been made it would have been Montalbano only in name and definitely not in spirit at least in my opini Rating 2.5 If this is the last Montalbano then this is a disappointing end to the series. At times I wondered if the book had been translated by the usual person as it didn’t read (or feel) like a Montalbano story. It might have worked as a movie but wouldn’t have fitted into the tv series very well, as the books and the characters do not belong in an American style thriller environment. If it had been made it would have been Montalbano only in name and definitely not in spirit at least in my opinion. I couldn’t round the score up to a 3 as I just didn’t enjoy it enough. For completists only I think.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edith

    3 1/2 stars. Camilleri developed this novel from a screenplay for a movie that never got made. It is a lightweight among the Montalbano novels: it has a kind of lightness and compactness unusual in the books--it's a bagatelle. There is plenty of humor, as well as plenty of ramped-up drama, even horror. (The last scene in the book captures its spirit perfectly.) The turns of plot are pretty predictable, but that almost suits the work. Enjoyable, if not Montalbano, or Camilleri, at his very best. 3 1/2 stars. Camilleri developed this novel from a screenplay for a movie that never got made. It is a lightweight among the Montalbano novels: it has a kind of lightness and compactness unusual in the books--it's a bagatelle. There is plenty of humor, as well as plenty of ramped-up drama, even horror. (The last scene in the book captures its spirit perfectly.) The turns of plot are pretty predictable, but that almost suits the work. Enjoyable, if not Montalbano, or Camilleri, at his very best.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Another Masterpiece Classic Montalbano story, rich with humor, humanity, and intrigue. This story is fast paced and engaging - I put everything else on hold and read to the end. It weaves favorite characters into new scenarios and pushes the reader to consider surprising changes in Montalbano’s world. If you’ve been following the series, this is a welcomed addition (perhaps finale).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    If I understand, this is some kind of screenplay... or a novella... or just notes? I don't think Camilleri finished the book before his death in any case and it kind of shows. It starts off normally (although I could have sworn Livia and Montalbano allegedly ended their romance--if you could call it that--in the last book and he found someone new; this isn't ever addressed so maybe I misremember). By the 60% mark, it's gone entirely off the rails and the remaining portion isn't very readable. If I understand, this is some kind of screenplay... or a novella... or just notes? I don't think Camilleri finished the book before his death in any case and it kind of shows. It starts off normally (although I could have sworn Livia and Montalbano allegedly ended their romance--if you could call it that--in the last book and he found someone new; this isn't ever addressed so maybe I misremember). By the 60% mark, it's gone entirely off the rails and the remaining portion isn't very readable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Spiros

    This is an odd one. Montalbano finds himself entirely at sea, engaging in acts of derring-do which are very much out of character: in the end, he finds himself incapable of recognizing himself. And why is he back with Livia? or is he? Altogether, it's hard to fathom what is going on, and who exactly is the enemy, and if Salvu is going to have to cook his next meal himself, and if that meal might just be his last. This is an odd one. Montalbano finds himself entirely at sea, engaging in acts of derring-do which are very much out of character: in the end, he finds himself incapable of recognizing himself. And why is he back with Livia? or is he? Altogether, it's hard to fathom what is going on, and who exactly is the enemy, and if Salvu is going to have to cook his next meal himself, and if that meal might just be his last.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nelda Brangwin

    Sadly. Andrea Camilleri has died so this will most likely be the last Inspector Montalbano book. Originally written as a TV show which never happened it was made into a book instead. Supposedly Montalbano has retired but he’s undercover as a ship’s cook. As usual, there is plenty of humor sprinkled throughout.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jo Cameron-Symes

    Another great outing for Montalbano. Can't believe this is the penultimate book in the series! It is a slightly different novel in that it started out as a screenplay, so I appreciate that it might appear a little less seamless than his earlier works. However, there was a surprising amount of comedy in this story. The ending perhaps was a little abrupt and would have benefited from an additional chapter. Overall though, if you're a fan of Montalbano, then I think you'd enjoy this one. If you've Another great outing for Montalbano. Can't believe this is the penultimate book in the series! It is a slightly different novel in that it started out as a screenplay, so I appreciate that it might appear a little less seamless than his earlier works. However, there was a surprising amount of comedy in this story. The ending perhaps was a little abrupt and would have benefited from an additional chapter. Overall though, if you're a fan of Montalbano, then I think you'd enjoy this one. If you've never read him before and are curious, then start at the beginning with The Shape of Water.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David C Ward

    Another posthumously published Montalbano. A mysterious ship sparks an international police operation and a deception that requires M to dye his hair. I prefer the Montalbanos that have less buffoonery and bickering between Livia and M. It’s particularly jarring in this one because the op doesn’t go to plan and there are some grisly killings.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sienna

    O no, this is the penultimate book of Montalbano! I'm pleased to see that there is one more, left by Camilleri to be published after his death. Originally a screenplay, this story is a bit wild but definitely wonderful! (It only took me this long to read because my kindle loan failed & I had to wait for the real book to arrive.) O no, this is the penultimate book of Montalbano! I'm pleased to see that there is one more, left by Camilleri to be published after his death. Originally a screenplay, this story is a bit wild but definitely wonderful! (It only took me this long to read because my kindle loan failed & I had to wait for the real book to arrive.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sunhawk

    Tempting to say "just another wonderful Montalbano story." I blew through it in an easy day. Maybe a little less substantial and intricate than earlier works, and that may be because it was adapted -- salvaged -- from a failed screen project. Too bad; it would have made a great movie. The Sicilian flavor is very notable. I understand this is the second to the last Montalbano. Too bad! Tempting to say "just another wonderful Montalbano story." I blew through it in an easy day. Maybe a little less substantial and intricate than earlier works, and that may be because it was adapted -- salvaged -- from a failed screen project. Too bad; it would have made a great movie. The Sicilian flavor is very notable. I understand this is the second to the last Montalbano. Too bad!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Traci Andrighetti

    After Camilleri died, I put off reading this book because I didn't want the series to end. I'm glad I finally read it—I loved the italiese spoken by Jack Pennisi, the Sicilian-American FBI agent—but I feel absolutely gutted that there is only one Montalbano book left. After Camilleri died, I put off reading this book because I didn't want the series to end. I'm glad I finally read it—I loved the italiese spoken by Jack Pennisi, the Sicilian-American FBI agent—but I feel absolutely gutted that there is only one Montalbano book left.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Andrea Camilleri’s “The Cook of the Halcyon” is unlike the other Montalbano stories although I enjoyed it. It was first written as a screenplay, and that shows. It may be that I have read all of Camilleri’s works now, but I bet another one turns up.

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