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 (1994)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Terra-Cotta Dog (1996)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Snack Thief (1996)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Voice of the Violin (1997)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Excursion to Tindari (2000)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Smell of the Night / Scent of the Night (2001)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Rounding the Mark (2003)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Patience of the Spider (2004)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Paper Moon (2005)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
August Heat (2006)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Wings of the Sphinx (2006)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Track of Sand (2010)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Potter's Field (2011)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Age of Doubt (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Dance of the Seagull (2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Treasure Hunt (2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories (2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Angelica's Smile (2014)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Game of Mirrors (2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Beam of Light / A Blade of Light (2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Voice in the Night (2016)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Nest of Vipers (2017)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Pyramid of Mud (2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Death at Sea (2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Overnight Kidnapper (2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Other End of the Line (2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Safety Net (2020)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Sicilian Method (2020)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Cook of the Halcyon (2021)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Riccardino (2021)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Inspector Montalbano Books

Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories(2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Death at Sea(2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Shape of Water(1994)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Terra-Cotta Dog(1996)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Snack Thief(1996)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Voice of the Violin(1997)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Excursion to Tindari(2000)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Smell of the Night / Scent of the Night(2001)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Rounding the Mark(2003)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Patience of the Spider(2004)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Paper Moon(2005)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
August Heat(2006)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Wings of the Sphinx(2006)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Track of Sand(2010)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Potter's Field(2011)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Age of Doubt(2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Dance of the Seagull(2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Treasure Hunt(2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Angelica's Smile(2014)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Game of Mirrors(2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Beam of Light / A Blade of Light(2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Voice in the Night(2016)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
A Nest of Vipers(2017)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Pyramid of Mud(2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Overnight Kidnapper(2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Other End of the Line(2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Safety Net(2020)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

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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One Response to “Order of Inspector Montalbano Books”

  1. Nicole King: 4 years ago

    It’s debatable whether these books were really written in Italian, when 30% of the words are Sicilian dialect. With a good grasp of Italian, though, you can read them very easily.

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