Inspector Montalbano is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by Italian author Andrea Camilleri. Montalbano is a Sicilian detective who works for the fictional town of Vigata. Camilleri has referred to Montalbano as a “serial killer of characters,” in reference to how much attention the character requires from the author. The series was adapted into a television series starring Luca Zingaretti.

The Inspector Montalbano series began in Italian in 1994, which was translated into the 2002 novel The Shape of Water. The series is currently ongoing (the series is approximately four novels ahead in Italian). Below is a list of Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano books in order of when they were published in English:

Publication Order of Inspector Montalbano Books


The Shape of Water(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Terra-Cotta Dog(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Snack Thief(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voice of the Violin(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Excursion To Tindari(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smell of the Night(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rounding the Mark(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Patience of the Spider(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Paper Moon(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
August Heat(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wings of the Sphinx(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Track of Sand(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Potter's Field(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Age of Doubt(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dance of the Seagull(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Treasure Hunt(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Montalbano's First Case(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Angelica's Smile(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Inspector Montalbano Books

When reading this series in chronological order, read the novella Montalbano’s First Case first.

Notes: The years listed are when the Inspector Montalbano novels were released in English form. The Smell of the Night is also known as The Scent of the Night. The series is translated by Stephen Sartarelli.

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