Search Results: "Donna Leon"


BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD FROM A STONE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Leon's most adroit balance of teasing mystery, Brunetti's droll battles with his co-workers and higher-ups, and intimations of something far deeper and darker behind the curtain."
Commissario Guido Brunetti's 14th case (Doctored Evidence, 2004, etc.) may be his best yet—not that he'd see it that way himself. Read full book review >

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EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Perhaps the most minimal of all Leon's mysteries, with no suspects to speak of and few details of the Commissario's domestic life or his eternal professional tussles at the Questura. Think of this barely-a-case as a vacation for your own soul."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, taking two weeks away from the Venetian Questura for complete rest and solitude, gets both more and less solitude than he bargained for and about the same amount of rest as when he's home. 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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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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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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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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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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DEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Deftly plotted and smoothly written in the Ngaio Marsh cultural mode, but recommended even for readers who, like Brett Lynch, don't care for Verdi."
Cyanide poisoning during the second-act intermission of La Traviata leaves the eminent conductor Helmut Wellauer dead, survived by a constellation of suspects from prima Flavia Petrelli (whose lesbian liaison with a wealthy American archeologist, Brett Lynch, Wellauer was threatening to expose) to director Franco Santore (furious over Wellauer's refusal to honor a bargain to find a job for Santore's protege)—and including of course Wellauer's suddenly wealthy, and much younger, widow Elizabeth. Read full book review >

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DRESSED FOR DEATH by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1994

"One of the most appealing of recent detectives, Brunetti stars in a case that brings out his canniness and his compassion—and shows his creator spreading her wings more powerfully than ever."
You're dressed for death when you're wearing a red dress, red pumps, and red lingerie—especially if you're Leonardo Mascari, director of the Venice branch of the Bank of Verona, fatally beaten in the Venetian suburb of Mestre. 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 >