Inspector Montalbano
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  • 1

    The Shape of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    (137)
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    (77)
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    (79)

    Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigata, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigata's most respected detective, who has his doubts about the way Silvio died.

    Lehua says: "A good beginning"
    A good beginning

    I backtracked to this one because I started with Terra Cotta Dog and loved it so utterly that I had to know Montalbano from the beginning. This first..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2009 by Lehua (Volcano, HI, USA)
  • 2

    The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Overall
    (119)
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    (58)
    Story
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    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    It just gets better

    Another engaging story from Camilleri. This one is better than his first, and not as good as his next. Again, I was distressed that it ended so soon..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 27 2009 by Lehua (Volcano, HI, USA)
  • 3

    The Snack Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano, with his keen insight into human nature, suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and occasional prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks.

    Kelly Howard says: "Pretty good series"
    Pretty good series

    Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano isn't my absolute fave Italian (well, he's Sicilian) cop series --I prefer David Hewson's Nic Costa (who, yay! has a new..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 09 2010 by Kelly Howard (Coastal Oregon)
  • 4

    Voice of the Violin: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    (107)
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    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna.

    Mary says: "Another atmospheric Sicilian listen."
    Another atmospheric Sicilian listen.

    Entertaining, complex and satisfying. Enjoyed the descriptions of Italian dishes and colorful characters. Great listen.

    Reviewed on May 07 2012 by Mary (SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States)
  • 5

    Excursion to Tindari: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    A young Don Juan is found murdered in front of his apartment building early one morning, and an elderly couple is reported missing after an excursion to the ancient site of Tindari - two seemingly unrelated cases for Inspector Montalbano to solve amid the daily complications of life at Vigàta police headquarters. But when Montalbano discovers that the couple and the murdered young man lived in the same building, his investigation stumbles onto Sicily's brutal "New Mafia".

    Donald says: "One of his best"
    One of his best

    Funny, involved, and beautifully read.

    Reviewed on May 14 2012 by Donald (Tucson, AZ, United States)
  • 6

    The Smell of the Night: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    A "financial wizard" entrusted with the savings of nearly half the retirees of Vigata mysteriously disappears with the money and a young man who worked for him. In a rather atypical case for Montalbano, the inspector finds himself initially shut out of the investigation by the ever hostile commissioner Bonetti-Alderighi, and forced to work from the shadows.

    Kathleen says: "Very enjoyable!"
    Very enjoyable!

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was good and the story carried me briskly along, with sympathetic characters, and enough twists to keep me in..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2011 by Kathleen (Alexandria, VA, United States)
  • 7

    Rounding the Mark: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    While swimming along the Sicilian shore, Inspector Montalbano discovers a corpse. His pursuit of the cause of death intersects with the inquiry into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a young boy who may have been victimized by human traffickers. The buying and selling of immigrant children, for slave labor, sex, and as a source of illegal organ transplants, is part of the evil underside of the opening of Europe's borders.

    Sarah says: "Creepy Good"
    Creepy Good

    Imagine running into a dead body while you are swimming, and then having the mental and physical fortitude to drag it back to shore. That's how the st..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 13 2012 by Sarah (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)
  • 8

    The Patience of the Spider: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he’s ever hunted.

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  • 9

    The Paper Moon: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    With their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri’s classic crime novels continue to win more and more fans in America. The latest installment of the popular mystery series finds the moody Inspector Montalbano further beset by the existential questions that have been plaguing him of late. But he doesn’t have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man—shot at point-blank range in the face with his pants down—commands his attention.

    Joan says: "Italian gumshoe"
    Italian gumshoe

    This isn't my favorite series, but it was an okay listen. It is written in an old "gumshoe" style, which is not my preference when I choose a mystery...Show More »

    Reviewed on December 24 2012 by Joan (Austin, TX, United States)
  • 10

    August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
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    When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in Vigàta and endure the August heat. Montalbano’s long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend - husband and young son in tow - to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family’s beach rental, Montalbano uncovers something terribly sinister.

    Rebecca says: "Something different in detective fiction"
    Something different in detective fiction

    I enjoyed this, my first, Montalbano mystery. Apparently there are more than a dozen stories in Italian, some translated to English, and an Italian TV..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 17 2011 by Rebecca (Nutley, NJ, United States)
  • 11

    The Wings of the Sphinx

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and - acutely aware of his age - he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls - all victims of the underworld sex trade.

    Lawrence says: "This one review does it all for me."
    This one review does it all for me.

    Camilleri is wonderful, so understated, such humor, such a fun introduction to Sicily. Buy this, buy all of them.

    Reviewed on July 28 2011 by Lawrence (Birmingham, AL, United States)
  • 12

    The Track of Sand: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Inspector Salvatore Montalbano wakes from strange dreams to find a gruesomely bludgeoned horse carcass in front of his seaside home. When his men come to investigate, the carcass has disappeared, leaving only a trail in the sand. Then his home is ransacked, and the inspector is certain that the crimes are linked. As he negotiates both the glittering underworld of horseracing and the Mafia’s connection to it, Montalbano is aided by his illiterate housekeeper, Adelina, and a Proustian memory of linguate fritte.

    MidwestGeek says: "Like watching an hourglass! Occasionally amusing."
    Like watching an hourglass! Occasionally amusing.

    This is the third of the series that I have read and the least engaging thus far. The story is dragged out to indulge Montalbano's sexual appetite in ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 17 2013 by MidwestGeek (Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
  • 13

    The Potter’s Field: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Witty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri—a master of the Italian detective story—have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere. In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster.

    Robert says: "Montalbano - The Shrewd Prankster!"
    Montalbano - The Shrewd Prankster!

    This was my first Inspector Montalbano book and it was a delight. The characters are great and Montalbano is very humorous but also shrewd.

    ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 05 2013 by Robert (Mechanicsburg, PA, United States)
  • 14

    The Age of Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    One night, Inspector Montalbano dreams of a stormy sea, which he knows represents unease and loss of control. The next day, a boat is found in the port of Vigàta and within it, the body of a disfigured corpse. The waterfront has also drawn in an 85-foot luxury boat passengered by 50 carefree souls and a somewhat shadowy crew. They will have to stay in Vigàta until the investigation is over: the man, it seems, was poisoned. However, right now, it is the yacht’s owner and sailors Montalbano is focused on.

    Lawrence says: "Another Wonderful Camilleri Book"
    Another Wonderful Camilleri Book

    I do not give 5 stars in any category except his books and the terrific performance (as always) by Grover Gardner. The humor is unbeatable, and the d..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 29 2013 by Lawrence (Birmingham, AL, United States)
  • 15

    The Dance of the Seagull

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    This latest installment in the Inspector Montalbano series finds Montalbano in search of his missing right-hand man. Before leaving for vacation with Livia, Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home - and then the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that Fazio is nowhere to be found and soon learns that he was last seen on the docks, secretly working on a case.

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  • 16

    Treasure Hunt: The Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
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    (18)
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    Interest in Andrea Camilleri's taciturn but epicurean inspector is at an all-time high. And with three of the last five novels in the series, including the award-winning The Potter's Field, hitting the New York Times bestseller list, this latest installment is certain to up the ante and win over a multitude of new fans. In Treasure Hunt, Inspector Montalbano is hailed as a hero after news cameras film him scaling abuilding, gun in hand, to capture a pair of unlikely snipers. Shortly thereafter the inspector begins to receive cryptic messages in verse from someone challenging him to a treasure hunt. Intrigued, he accepts, treating the messages as amusing riddles - until they take a dangerous turn.

    Michael says: "A Great Series with a Great Reader"
    A Great Series with a Great Reader
    Reviewed on November 20 2013 by Michael (Satellite Beach, FL, United States)
  • 17

    Angelica's Smile: Inspector Montalbano, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A rash of burglaries has Inspector Salvo Montalbano stumped. The criminals are so brazen that their leader, the anonymous Mr. Z, startssending the Sicilian inspector menacing letters. Among those burgled is the young and beautiful Angelica Cosulich, who reminds the inspector of the love-interest in Ludovico Ariosto's chivalric romance, Orlando Furioso. Besotted by Angelica's charms, Montalbano imagines himself back in the medieval world of jousts and battles.

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