Early in this episode Montalbano is almost run off the road by a dangerous driver; he meets the young man again at a petrol station and finds himself being threatened with a baseball bat. Naturally the inspector arrests him but this could prove to be damaging to his career as the man's father is a senior political figure. If that wasn't enough to worry about a local supermarket has been robbed and the manager complains about Mimi's line of questioning. Later the manager is found hanged and the local TV news accuses Montalbano and his team of harassing the man and driving him to suicide. The case is complicated by the fact that the shop is owned by the local Mafia family. Before that case can be solved the politician's son turns up at the station to report that his girlfriend has been murdered!
Once again 'Inspector Montalbano' provides some great Saturday night entertainment; there is a good mystery and a good number of laughs. There may be some clichés such as threats when politicians' family members get arrested and two apparently separate cases having some links but that doesn't matter when the story is well told. It looked as if Montalbano could be in real trouble at times he even lost his appetite once! As always the cast do a fine job and the sunny Sicilian locations are a joy to behold on a cold November night in England! The only disappointing thing is the knowledge that there is only one more episode left I hope that more are made.
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