August Heat is the latest of Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series to be translated into English (and there are plenty more to come). There are no suprises here, from the usual cast of undistinguished characters to Montalbano solving the latest murder, fuelled by fine Sicilian cooking (described with relish in great detail) and refreshed by the occasional midnight swim in the sea. But as predictable as the story may be, Camilleri is a very funny and bitingly satirical writer and the Moltanbano books are like comfort food – they are well-written, but easy and reassuring. Montalbano is someone you want to spend time with. It’s perfect summer reading and also perfect winter reading (when you’re craving the sun!). It may sound odd to describe murder mysteries as life-affirming, but that’s what they are. And the translations are superb too.