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A Nest of Vipers is the twenty-first novel in Andrea Camilleri's irresistible Inspector Montalbano series.
Quite a family, you had to admit! A nest of vipers might be a better description . . .
On what should be a quiet Sunday morning, Inspector Montalbano is called to a murder scene on the Sicilian coast. A man has discovered his father dead in his Vigàtan beach house: his body slumped on the dining room floor, his morning coffee spilt across the table, and a single gunshot wound at the base of his skull.
First appearances point to the son having the most to gain from his father’s untimely death, a notion his sister can’t help but reinforce. But when Montalbano delves deeper into the case, and learns of the dishonourable life the victim led, it soon becomes clear half of Vigàta has a motive for his murder and this won’t be as simple as the Inspector had once hoped . . .
A Nest of Vipers is followed by the twenty-second gripping mystery, The Pyramid of Mud.
That prosperous accountant Cosimo Barletta the initial murder victim in bestseller Camilleri's entertaining 21st mystery featuring Sicily's Insp. Salvo Montalbano (after 2016's A Voice in the Night) was both shot and poisoned is only one of the troubling wrinkles in a case that pulls Montalbano in a little deeper than he expected. Revelations of Barletta's ugly techniques for his womanizing, a trove of sleazy photographs of his conquests, a slew of business enemies, and two scheming adult children make for a long list of suspects, but long experience steers Montalbano to an especially upsetting solution in which Barletta is not the only victim. There are deft touches that make the inspector a winning lead, from his argumentative love life and his fixation with good food to his bemused observations on Sicilian speech and culture. Camilleri blends a locked-room mystery with a vivid sense of setting and an appealing cast of supporting characters.