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Summary

From Andrea Camilleri, the best-selling author of the Inspector Montalbano mysteries, comes The Brewer of Preston, a hilarious standalone comedy.

1870s Sicily. Much to the displeasure of Vigàta's stubborn populace, the town has just been unified under the Kingdom of Italy. They're now in the hands of a new government they don't understand, and they definitely don't like. 

Eugenio Bortuzzi has been named Prefect for Vigàta, a regional representative from the Italian government tasked to oversee the town. But the rowdy and unruly Sicilians don't care much for this rather pompous mainlander nor the mediocre opera he's hell-bent on producing in their new municipal theatre. The Brewer of Preston, it's called, and the Vigàtese are revving up to wreak havoc on the performance's opening night....

©2018 Andrea Camilleri (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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I managed to get as far as chapter 5, but gave up as the characters are poorly drawn and the story - whilst rudely amusing at times - just failed to sustain interest. Disappointing compared with the Inspector Montalbano stories, which we have enjoyed.