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Leon, Donna

Works: 391 works in 3,065 publications in 25 languages and 69,842 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Musical fiction  Biography  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories, American 
Roles: Author, Creator, Narrator, Performer, Contributor, Author of introduction, Singer
Classifications: PS3562.E534, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donna Leon
About face by Donna Leon( Book )

78 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A socialite asks Guido Brunetti to investigate a murder that happened in the underworld surrounding southern Italy's garbage dumping grounds
Through a glass darkly by Donna Leon( Book )

93 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After coming to the aid of Vianello's old friend, Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest, Commissario Brunetti becomes concerned about Ribetti's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a nasty factory owner heard making threats against his son-in-law
Beastly things by Donna Leon( Book )

56 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can't show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti's home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead
Drawing conclusions by Donna Leon( Book )

62 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commissario Guido Brunetti, with the help of Inspector Lorenzo Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra Zorzi, investigates the death of a Venetian widow in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio
The girl of his dreams by Donna Leon( Book )

42 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One cold and rainy morning, the body of a gypsy is found floating in a canal. Brunetti suspects she fell off a nearby roof while fleeing an apartment she had robbed--but something about the case continues to haunt him
A question of belief by Donna Leon( Book )

64 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the stifling summer sun, Venice is flooded with tourism. Commissario Guido Brunetti is planning the perfect mountain vacation where he can catch up on his reading. However, before he can go, an old friend has him look into a court corruption case. As he probes deeper, Commissario Brunetti quickly becomes embroiled in a shocking murder case that is linked to his own investigation
Uniform justice by Donna Leon( Book )

84 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 2,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This internationally best-selling novelist has captivated fans throughout the world with her ever adroit, big-hearted Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti. The Guardian raved that Leon's Brunetti series is crime writing of the highest order: powerful, relevant, and all too full of human failings. As Uniform Justice opens Brunetti is called to investigate a parent's worst nightmare: A young cadet has been found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy. Brunetti's sorrow for the boy, so close in age to his own son, is rivaled only by his contempt for a community that is more concerned with protecting the reputation of the school, and its privileged students, than this tragedy. As Brunetti pursues his inquiry, he is faced with a wall of silence. Is the military protecting its own? And what of the other witnesses? Is this the natural reluctance of Italians to involve themselves with the authorities, or is Brunetti facing a conspiracy far greater than this one death?
The golden egg by Donna Leon( Book )

39 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the request of his wife, Commissario Brunetti looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when the man left no official records and his mother is reluctant to speak to him
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon( Book )

81 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 2,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a mystery that offers an unexpected take on life in contemporary Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti plunges into the Venetian underworld of illegal African immigrants as he investigates after a street vendor is killed in a scuffle
By its cover by Donna Leon( Book )

29 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, it's clear the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem: the man fled the library earlier that day, and when they check his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist
Suffer the little children by Donna Leon( Book )

78 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 2,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brutal attack on a pediatrician by a Carabiniere captain and two privates, who also take away the doctor's eighteen-month-old son, draws Commissario Guido Brunetti into a dangerous case involving a ring of baby traffickers
The jewels of paradise by Donna Leon( Book )

41 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she's had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply-connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina's job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the "testamentary disposition" of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon( Book )

181 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 21 languages and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating the poisoning death of a world-renowned conductor, vice-commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice sifts through the dead man's many enemies, uncovering a life of depravity and revenge that makes Brunetti question his own morals
Doctored evidence by Donna Leon( Book )

67 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 2,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti investigates when a Romanian housekeeper is falsely accused of murdering her employer
Acqua alta by Donna Leon( Book )

101 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 1,872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Venice commissioner, Guido Brunetti, investigates the murder of a museum director who was involved in the traffic of Chinese antiques. Suspicion falls on a wealthy collector. By the author of Death and Judgment
Death in a strange country by Donna Leon( Book )

123 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aggressively investigating an American's murder in tranquil Venice despite his superior's order to keep things clean and quiet, Commissario Guido Brunetti finds himself knee-deep in a toxic waste cover-up with political ties
A noble radiance by Donna Leon( Book )

86 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unassuming uninhabited farmhouse in the Italian countryside delivers up its gruesome secret when its overgrown grounds are cleared for the first time in decades. What is left of the decomposing body is of little help to the urgently summoned Brunetti...until a distinctively valuable signet ring, found nearby, links the mangled remains to a kidnapped scion of Venetian aristocracy
Falling in love by Donna Leon( Book )

16 editions published in 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death at La Fenice, the first novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli -- then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses -- too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm
A sea of troubles by Donna Leon( Book )

82 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Commissario Brunetti investigates the murder of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina, the small community closes ranks, forcing him to accept Signorina Elettra's offer to visit her relatives there to search for clues. Though loyal to his beloved wife, Paola, he must admit that less-than-platonic emotions underlie his concern for his boss's beautiful secretary
Dressed for death by Donna Leon( Book )

97 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 16 languages and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Respectable Venetians hardly notice the murder of a transvestite prostitute until the body is identified as the staid director of the Banca di Verona. While tongues wag over the scandal, only Guido Brunetti, the suave and sharp-eyed commisario of police, suspects foul play
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The girl of his dreams
Alternative Names
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Leona, Donna 1942-

Philipp Schepmann)

Ντόνα Λεόν

Леон, Донна

دونا لئون نویسنده آمریکایی

レオン, ダナ

レオン, ドナ

レオン, ドナ・M

Through a glass darklyDrawing conclusionsThe girl of his dreamsA question of beliefUniform justiceBlood from a stoneSuffer the little childrenDeath at La Fenice