A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri (Picador)

Once again Andrea Camileri takes us back to sun-baked Sicily and the life and work of police inspector Salvano Montalbano.

This time the inspector, aided by his faithful team but more often than not hindered by his superiors, attempts to solve the mystery of a supermarket break-in, the apparent suicide of its manager and then the death of a young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment.

Matters are complicated by the crimes' apparent links to the Mafia.

Most of the elements of s Montalbano mystery are here - such as the inspector' love of good food - but this time the novel tends to concentrate largely on plot.

That’s fine - though it felt hard at times to keep on top of developments. But like most mystery and crime novels, the reader is often most interested in the characters and their relationships with each other and perhaps this element is underplayed in A Voice in the Night.

That said we do see Montalbano pushing the boundaries of the rule book even further as he tries to solve the crimes - and that has serous consequences for some of those he involves, which adds depth and raises questions about ethics and doing the right thing.

As ever this is an enjoyable read and fans of the series will want to add it to their collection.