I am pleased to note that I’m slightly ahead in my personal challenge – go me I did find that last year I really didn’t read as much so it is kind of good that I have this goal to achieve throughout the year. Also, I have been using my Kindle a lot more as it is easier to read and knit at the same time as I don’t have to prop a book open This was another 20 pence book I got from Amazon which I notice has now gone up to almost three pounds.
Horatio Green, an newspaperman from the UK, retired to the island of Montebello. His father before him was a hero in Montebello because of and Horatio spent many of his childhood summers on the island so he got to know it very well. It was a crimeless place where people left their keys in the door.
Horatio (or Oratio Verdi as he was known by locals) spent much of his time as the island’s newspaper editor criticising the Montebellan regime and eventually was persuaded to take up the post of mayor of the island. Horatio soon finds that the peaceful, tranquil island isn’t quite what he thinks. Being located so close to Sicily, he finds that there is a frisson of Mafia activity and he tries his best to do the best for the island.
I can’t say that I was completely enamoured with the book but I did keep on reading as it wasn’t awful. It was kind of fun and amused me a bit as it reminded me of when I lived in Italy and amused me with the Italian-British culture mix.