Search Results: "Donna Leon"


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THE GOLDEN EGG by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2013

"The clues that link the dead man to the wealthy Lembo family won't surprise readers familiar with the pervasive corruption Leon's unearthed in Venice past and present (The Jewels of Paradise, 2012). But they'll savor the pleasures of dialogue as elliptical in its way as Henry James and a retrospective shock when they finally appreciate the import of the tale's unobtrusive opening scene and its sly title."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, the second-sharpest member of the Venetian Questura, investigates the death of a man who barely had a life to begin with. Read full book review >

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ABOUT FACE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2009

"On the plus side, there are the usual sharp scenes of Brunetti at work and at home, and a surprisingly warm relationship develops between Brunetti and his hitherto remote father-in-law."
The stench of corruption that always hangs over Venice grows disconcertingly literal when Commissario Guido Brunetti (The Girl of His Dreams, 2008, etc.) gets a case involving the illegal disposal of toxic waste. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND JUDGMENT by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"The first of Leon's books to knit together all her strengths: endearing detective, jaundiced social pathology, and a paranoid eye for plotting on a grand scale."
A grim prologue sets the tone for Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti's fourth case (Dressed for Death, 1994, etc.)—even though it takes quite a while to hook up the spectacularly fatal truck crash that opens the novel to the relatively quiet shooting, aboard a Venice-bound train, of former city Counsellor Carlo Trevisan. Read full book review >

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LEON TROTSKY by Joshua Rubenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"An accessible scholarly account of a man whose life spanned continents, whose charisma was legendary and whose ideas sparked a revolution and its backlash."
Brilliant, charismatic, fatally idealistic and dogmatic—Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) was all this and more, according to this fine biography, the latest in the publisher's Jewish Lives series. Read full book review >

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THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater."
Venice might be sinking into the sea, but as long as Commissario Guido Brunetti is around, there will be someone to make sure the city doesn't become a total swamp of cynicism and corruption. Read full book review >

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MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. Read full book review >

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THE JEWELS OF PARADISE by Donna Leon
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"While lacking some of the warmth of the Brunetti series, Leon's stand-alone still packs the charms of Venice into a smart whodunit."
A veteran mystery maven weaves present-day Venice into a 300-year-old puzzle in this engaging stand-alone. Read full book review >

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DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"As languid in its movement as a gondola ride. Yet none of Brunetti's earlier cases (About Face, 2009, etc.) is as remorselessly clear in connecting the delicately comic anti-authoritarian gestures Brunetti winks at to the miasma of corruption that hangs over his beloved Venice."
Perhaps the quietest of all Commissario Guido Brunetti's cases concerns a murder that may not even be a murder. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"By no means a model of plot construction, but as heartfelt and moving as Brunetti's best."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, of the Venetian Questura, pursues a pair of very different cases to equally inconclusive ends. Read full book review >

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2006

"Even if the path from misdemeanors to monstrous felonies is less inevitable than in Brunetti's best (Blood from a Stone, 2005), Leon shows once more why she has no serious rivals in the art of unfolding mysteries in which the killer's identity is the least interesting detail."
Commissario Guido Brunetti's 15th adventure takes him to a Venetian glassworks where murder is the sordid by-product of beautifully blown baubles. Read full book review >

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ACQUA ALTA by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sadly, there's not enough doubt to make much ado over, leaving Brunetti's fifth (Death and Judgment, 1995, etc.) the most routine of a generally fine Venetian series."
Just back from an archeological expedition to China's Xi'an dig, Brett Lynch is relaxing in the apartment of her lover, La Scala diva Flavia Petrelli, when two men knock at the door, matter-of-factly beat her, and warn her not to keep her appointment with Dottore Semenzato, director of the Palazzo Ducale, until recently the Venetian home of Brett's Xi'an finds. Read full book review >

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BEASTLY THINGS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 2012

"Brunetti, who airily tells his wife Paola, 'I don't do ethical,' spends less time than usual (Drawing Conclusions, 2011, etc.) butting heads with his nemesis, Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta. But his conspiratorial dealings with his omni-competent assistant Signora Elettra and his suave attempts at acting dumb while he's questioning his few suspects are equally rewarding."
The death of an inoffensive veterinarian takes Commissario Guido Brunetti once more into the heart of the human beast. Read full book review >