Books by Andrea Camilleri

Camilleri was born in 1925 in Porto Empedocle, in Agrigento Province, in Sicily. He worked as a script editor, a theater and TV producer, before taking up writing very late - his first book, “Il Corso delle Cose” was not published until 1978. But perhaps


A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >
GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brisk, biting and cleverly plotted, Montalbano's 18th (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) is both droll and suspenseful."
Inspector Montalbano's growing obsession with an alluring neighbor may be clouding his judgment as he pursues an elusive bomber. Read full book review >
THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.Read full book review >
ANGELICA'S SMILE by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Montalbano's 18th recorded case (Treasure Hunt, 2013, etc.) is slight but sublime, with droll dialogue, colorful characters and a sleek pace."
The investigation of a string of burglaries becomes ticklishly complicated when the rumpled investigator finds himself entranced by one of the victims. Read full book review >
TREASURE HUNT by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Montalbano's 16th case (The Dance of the Seagull, 2013, etc.) is his most entertaining in years, veering from slapstick humor to Grand Guignol with aplomb."
Inflatable sex dolls, the delivery of a sheep's head, Harry Potter run amok: What madness has Inspector Montalbano gotten himself into now? Read full book review >
THE DANCE OF THE SEAGULL by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Montalbano's 15th case features more hilarious bark and some satisfying bite."
The disappearance of Inspector Silvio Montalbano's sidekick hits the whole squad room hard. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF DOUBT by Stephen Sartarelli
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2012

"Montalbano's 14th (The Potter's Field, 2011, etc.) delves more deeply into the hero's interior life than usual. A droll delight for series fans, maybe not so much for new readers."
Has the implacable Inspector Montalbano been thrown off his game by a femme fatale—or worse, a whole clutch of them? Read full book review >
THE POTTER'S FIELD by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Montalbano has never been one for just the facts, ma'am, but his 13th recorded case (The Track of Sand, 2010, etc.) goes appealingly over the top into slapstick and character-driven farce. Especially recommended for series fans and mystery readers who enjoy the journey more than the solution."
Inspector Montalbano has extra difficulty solving a murder with biblical echoes when everyone around him gives him a taste of his own bristly medicine. Read full book review >
THE TRACK OF SAND by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Unlike Donna Leon's Venice, with its constant drip-drip-drip of official corruption, Camilleri's Sicily has long since surrendered to despairing ennui. Suave, resourceful Montalbano (The Wings of the Sphinx, 2010, etc.) is both its perfect expression and its best hope for an antidote."
Not even his home is safe from repeated violation in Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano's latest case. Read full book review >
AUGUST HEAT by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Despite its noirish undertones, the perfect beach read for those lucky enough to have found suitable accommodations."
The victim in Inspector Salvo Montalbano's tenth case (The Paper Moon, 2008, etc.) has been waiting six years in a chest in an illegally constructed apartment. Read full book review >
THE PAPER MOON by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 25, 2008

"Another solid Sicilian noir from the ironic pen of Camilleri (The Patience of the Spider, 2007, etc.)."
Two seductive suspects battle for the allegiance and libido of a weary detective. Read full book review >
THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2007

"Camilleri's character study deepens with every installment; his ironic eye is as sharp as ever."
Inspector Montalbano uncovers the truth surrounding a high-profile kidnapping. Read full book review >
EXCURSION TO TINDARI by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"From the leisurely opening movement to the final clatter of revelations, Camilleri presents Sicily with humor and without illusions."
Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano ponders a tricky question: What's the connection between a dead sexual athlete and an elderly neighboring couple? Read full book review >
VOICE OF THE VIOLIN by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Camilleri has ample opportunity to showcase Montalbano's droll misanthropy in his shaggiest adventure to date."
A dearth of evidence and an abundance of fools confound Sicilian sleuth Salvo Montalbano. Read full book review >
THE SNACK THIEF by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 28, 2003

"Montalbano, blessedly, is as bitingly humorous as ever."
Bristly Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano is roused from a sweet dream of his mistress Livia by a blaring telephone and the nervous voice of detective Catarella announcing a murder. Read full book review >
THE TERRA-COTTA DOG by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 2, 2002

"All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon; what reader feels otherwise?"
In the second installment of the popular Italian series (The Shape of Water, p. 454), rumpled Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano receives an unusual offer from crime kingpin Gaetano "The Greek" Bennici (known as Tano), facilitated by Montalbano's childhood friend Gege Gulotta, now a petty criminal and quite the weasel. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF WATER by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 20, 2002

"Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler's Los Angeles."
An elegant translation of the first in a popular Italian series, in which world-weary, empathetic Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano is handed a hot potato when the body of Silvio Luparello, a local politico, is found in the Pasture, the little town of Vigata's red-light district. Read full book review >