Having enjoyed previous books by Camilleri featuring Inspector Montalbano, I saw this and bought
it without reading the blurb. While the book is set in Vigata, the year is 1880. A young man returns
to the town to set up a pharmacy following in the footsteps of his father whose home-grown remedies
were legendary before his murder many years ago. He soon finds himself involved with he local
nobility including the daughter of Don Filippo, the local marchesa, whom he had seen before his
exile. Then people start to die until the final chapter when all is explained. Something of a romp
but fitting well into what might be the earlier history of this Sicilian town.