Tonight, on British TV (BBC4 I believe), Commissario Montalbano will make a new appearance in a new series of his much loved detectives shows. I love them. And I adored the Aurelio Zen shows, also. There is the wonderful Venetian policeman Commissario Brunetti in Donna Leon’s novels set in Venice. And now we have our own Baldo in the hill town Castello PIceno in Le Marche.
It is the Italian-ness of these detectives that we love most of all. They are brilliant in their work and so lovable in their personal characters. They are so human in all the marvelous ways that Italian people exhibit their humanity.
I’m working now on the next book as the blog tour for A Cloud of Fraud is set to open. My thoughts keep turning to the characters. They drive the story. Even in the Crown of the Andes books, the characters drive the stories. Writing these books is such a joy; it’s a ride along with Baldo.
So I’m going to YouTube to rewatch all the Montalbano shows. Yippee!!