To celebrate the release of Andrea Camilleri's new crime novel, August Heat, Pan Macmillan are running a competition to win a set of "terrific Euro crime books" as they enthusiastically call them. The publisher is giving away two sets of books including August Heat, Dante's Numbers by David Hewson, Woman with Birthmark by Hakan Nesser and Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway (UK addresses only, I'm afraid). The competition is open until the end of June, and having had a look at the questions, I can safely say that they are not as fiendish as those of a certain retired health-care professional, who also points out a similarity between Camilleri and another featured author here, Nesser. So do give the competition a try - I can highly recommend the two books on the list I have read, August Heat and Bleed a River Deep, and would be thrilled if I could enter (which I can't as I work for a different part of the same company) so I could have a chance of winning Woman with Birthmark by the admirable Hakan Nesser.
August Heat has just been reviewed by Glenn Harper at one of my very favourite blogs, International Noir Fiction. From Glenn's review: The comedy, much less the surprises in the investigation, would be spoiled if I say much at all about the plot, so I will add only that Camilleri proves once again that he is the deserving heir to Leonardo Sciascia's terse, evocative portrayals of life in Mafia-ridden Sicily, and Camilleri adds to that deep note a light tone and comic touch that are decidedly his own.
Elaine of the lovely blog Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover has also written an appreciation of Camilleri and review of August Heat, which she calls "one of the best Montalbano books yet".
My own review of the book, read in a pleasant couple of hours last Sunday afternoon while others were revising for their history exams, etc, is in draft and will be submitted to Euro Crime in due course. Camilleri is, to put it mildly, a bit of a favourite of the Euro Crime reviewers: a complete list of his books with links to reviews of them can be found here.