The Scent of the Night is the sixth comic detective novel in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. Montalbano learned how hard it was to put on a wetsuit while in a dinghy speeding over a sea that wasn't exactly calm. Mimi, at the helm, looked tense and worried. Getting seasick? the inspector asked him at one point. No. Just sick of myself. Why? Because every now and then I realize what a stupid shit I am to go along with some of your brilliant ideas. 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 Vigata. 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 . . . Ably abetted by his loyal and eccentric team, Montalbano, the food-loving, commitment-phobic inspector, returns for another delicious investigation served up in vintage Camilleri style. The Scent of the Night is followed by the seventh book in the series, Rounding the Mark.
The sixth book in the series has our lead character up to his ears in murder, intrigue, deceit, long lunches, all the usual stuff we have come to expect. The development of Montalbano’s character means you really should read these books in order as we have them listed otherwise you will find yourself at a bit of a loss. Inspector Montalbano series:1. The Shape of Water2. The Terra-Cotta Dog3. The Snack Thief4. The Voice of the Violin5. Excursion to Tindari6. The Scent of the Night7. Rounding the Mark8. The Patience of the Spider9. The Paper Moon10. August Heat11. The Wings of the Sphinx