Inspector Montalbano lives and works in a small town in Sicily. He's in his 50s, single and a man of habit.
He eats lunch in the same restaurant every day, his housekeeper leaves a splendid dinner ready each evening and his on/off girlfriend lives in a different city.
His life gets complicated when he wakes up one morning to find a brutally beaten horse dead on the beach outside his house.
When the stunningly beautiful Rachele turns up at his police station to report her horse missing, Montalbano is plunged into the colourful world of eccentric aristocrats, high-rolling bourgeoisie and the Mafia.
This 12th Montalbano mystery from one of Italy's most popular crime writers is just as beguiling as all that have gone before.