Inspector Montalbano

49 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,362 ratings

Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Inspector Montalbano mystery series come 21 short stories spanning the beloved detective's career.

Inspector Montalbano has charmed readers and listeners in 19 popular novels. In Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories, Andrea Camilleri has selected 21 short stories, written with his trademark wit and humor, that follow Italy's famous detective through highlight cases of his career. From the title story, featuring a young Deputy Montalbano newly assigned to Vigàta, to "Montalbano Says No", in which the inspector makes a late-night call to Camilleri himself to refuse an outlandish case, this volume is an essential addition to any fan's collection and a wonderful way to introduce listeners to the internationally best-selling series.

©1998, 1999, 2002, 2008 Mondadori Libri SpA, Milano. Translation © 2016 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Show More Show Less
  • Book 0.5

    • Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories

    • The Inspector Montalbano, Book 0.5
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    In Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories, Andrea Camilleri has selected 21 short stories, written with his trademark wit and humor, that follow Italy's famous detective through highlight cases of his career. From the title story, featuring a young Deputy Montalbano newly assigned to Vigàta, to "Montalbano Says No", in which the inspector makes a late-night call to Camilleri himself to refuse an outlandish case, this volume is an essential addition to any fan's collection and a wonderful way to introduce listeners to the internationally best-selling series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE LISTENED TO FIRST!!!

    • By Reba on 12-31-16

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories

    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories, personally chosen by Andrea Camilleri, following Inspector Montalbano from his very first case in Vigàta, in which he stumbles upon a young girl lurking outside a courthouse with a pistol in her handbag. When she is taken in for questioning and won't utter a single word, Montalbano must find another way to learn whom she is trying to kill and why.... Other cases include a missing woman who has run away from the love of her life, an old married couple who appear to be rehearsing their suicides and a crime so dark there's only one person the inspector can call for help.

    Regular price: $27.27

  • Book 1

    • The Shape of Water

    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 240

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good beginning

    • By Lehua of Pacifica on 02-20-09

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Shape of Water

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 1
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    The goats of Vigàta once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • The Terra-Cotta Dog

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 150

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It just gets better

    • By Lehua of Pacifica on 02-27-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Terracotta Dog

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 2
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The Terracotta Dog, the second audiobook in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, opens with a mysterious tête-à-tête with a mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist and some dying words that lead Inspector Montalbano to a secret grotto in a mountain cave where two young lovers, dead 50 years and still embracing, are watched over by a life-size terracotta dog.

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 3

    • The Snack Thief

    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Snack Thief??

    • By Sherri on 05-05-12

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Snack Thief

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 3
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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 suspects a link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and sometime prostitute, whose young son steals other school children's midmorning snacks. But Karima disappears, and the young snack thief's life - as well as Montalbano's - is endangered.

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 4

    • Voice of the Violin

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri, Translated by Stephen Sartarelli
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 124

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best Inspector Montalbano yet

    • By Teatime2 on 09-12-12

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Voice of the Violin

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 4
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a 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, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to this murder....

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 5

    • Excursion to Tindari

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unbelievably good,!

    • By Jonathan on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Excursion to Tindari

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 5
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Maybe a phrase, a line, a hint somewhere would reveal a reason, any reason, for the elderly couple's disappearance. They'd saved everything.... There was even a copy of the 'certificate of living existence', that nadir of bureaucratic imbecility.... What was the protocol, to use a word dear to government offices? Did one simply write on a sheet of paper something like 'I, the undersigned, Salvo Montalbano, hereby declare myself to be in existence', sign it, and turn it in to the appointed clerk?

    Regular price: $19.62

  • Book 6

    • The Smell of the Night

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable!

    • By Kathleen on 11-23-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Scent of the Night

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 6
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    When an angry octogenarian holds a terrified and lovelorn secretary at gunpoint, Inspector Montalbano is reluctantly drawn into the case. The secretary's boss, a financial advisor, has vanished along with several billion lire entrusted to him by the good citizens of Vigàta. Also missing is the advisor's young colleague, whose uncle just happens to be building a house on the site of Inspector Montalbano's very favourite olive tree….

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 7

    • Rounding the Mark

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Curse the Saints

    • By MovieLover on 10-15-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Rounding the Mark

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 7
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    He began swimming in slow, broad strokes. The sea smelled harsh, stinging his nostrils like champagne, and he nearly got drunk on it.... In a fraction of a second, Montalbano realized he'd struck a human foot. Somebody else was floating right beside him, and he hadn't noticed. 'Excuse me,' he said hastily, flipping back onto his belly and looking over at the other. The person beside him didn't answer, because he wasn't doing the dead man's float. He was actually dead.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 8

    • The Patience of the Spider

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable but not up to usual standards.

    • By MidwestGeek on 09-01-14

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Patience of the Spider

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 8
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Chief Inspector Montalbano is on enforced sick leave. But when a local girl goes mysteriously missing, the whole community takes an interest in the case. Why are the kidnappers so sure that the girl's impoverished father and dying mother will be able to find a fortune? The ever-inquisitive Montalbano steps in, to get to the heart of the matter in his own inimitable style.

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 9

    • The Paper Moon

    • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Italian gumshoe

    • By Joan on 12-24-12

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Paper Moon

    • Inspector Montalbano, Book 9
    • By: Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Motionless, Montalbano waited for the surf to enter his brain and wash it clean with each breaker. At last the first light wave came like a caress, swiiissshhh, and carried away, glugluglug, Elena Sclafani and her beauty while Michela Pardo's tits, belly, arched body and eyes likewise disappeared. Once Montalbano the man was erased, all that should remain was Inspector Montalbano - a kind of abstract function of the person who was supposed to solve the case and nothing more, with no personal feelings involved.

    Regular price: $18.11

Show titles per page
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3