hey there, good looking

I know very little about Sicily–the Mafia and Mt. Etna, and that’s about it.  So, after an NPR recommendation, I breezed through Andrea Camilleri‘s mystery, The Shape of Water which, despite the subtitle of “a novel of food, wine and homicide in small town Sicily” didn’t have that much to do with food, wine or even homicide for that matter.  That being said it was a very fun read, a novel that was truly and completely saturated in its Sicilian setting.

My favorite part of this book, however, might just have to be the author.  For some reason, I just can’t get enough of this guy.  Perhaps it’s because he looks like I imagine some of his characters should look like.  Perhaps it’s the casually dangling cigarette.  Perhaps it’s the slightly menacing fist.  Whatever it is, Mr. Camilleri does not just fade into the back of the dust jacket.





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