I really wanted to like this but the whole book just seemed awkward. I think because this was a translation phrases and other things about this book were awkward. This is supposed to be the first book in the series but to me it felt like I had jumped in the middle of the series. There were things about Inspector Montalbano (like Livia) that I felt needed to be explained better. This is a short book (or it least it is short to me) but it was never able to hold my interest. I thought that this was going to be a mystery book but really there wasn't much mystery at all. Also Inspector Montalbano was supposed to be funny but I just found him to be odd. I don't think that I'll be continuing on with this series.