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Leon, Donna

Overview
Works: 880 works in 4,698 publications in 16 languages and 81,062 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Musical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Biography  Detective and mystery stories, American 
Roles: Author, Creator, Narrator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Performer, Contributor, Singer
Classifications: PS3562.E534, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Donna Leon
By its cover by Donna Leon( Book )

55 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,643 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, the case seems 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 after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty
The golden egg by Donna Leon( Book )

58 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,596 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
A question of belief by Donna Leon( Book )

68 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,513 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
Beastly things by Donna Leon( Book )

53 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,492 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
About face by Donna Leon( Book )

60 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,457 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
Drawing conclusions by Donna Leon( Book )

68 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,431 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 )

53 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and German and held by 2,428 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
Falling in love by Donna Leon( Book )

34 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,394 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
The waters of eternal youth by Donna Leon( Book )

40 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, only surviving thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn't remember a thing. Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness -- the girl's grandmother -- asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti's not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, it would surely have passed the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfill the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, who happens to be his mother-in-law's best friend, he agrees. Awash in the rhythms and concerns of contemporary Venetian life, from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African migrants, and the haunting story of a woman trapped in a damaged perpetual childhood, Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case
Uniform justice by Donna Leon( Book )

72 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,368 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?
Through a glass darkly by Donna Leon( Book )

77 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,345 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
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon( Book )

89 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,207 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
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon( Book )

176 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 2,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When renowned opera conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, the victim of cyanide poisoning, Guido Brunetti, the Vice Commissario of the Venice police, must sift through several suspects
Earthly remains by Donna Leon( Book )

40 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Donna Leon's bestselling mystery novels have won a multitude of fans for their insider's portrayal of Venice. From family meals to vaporetti rides, the details and rhythms of everyday life are an integral part of this beloved series. But so are the never-ending influx of tourists and the suffocating corruption. Through it all, Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti, a good man who loves his family and his city, has been an enduring figure, but in Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he quickly comes to regret, and in the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti's wife Paola ships him off to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant'Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny's Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until David Casati, the caretaker of the house, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend"--
The jewels of paradise by Donna Leon( Book )

33 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,050 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
Suffer the little children by Donna Leon( Book )

69 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,048 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
Doctored evidence by Donna Leon( Book )

52 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,935 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 )

122 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venetian detective Guido Brunetti swings into action when the curator of Venice's most prestigious museum turns up dead, bludgeoned by a priceless artifact, and an American archaeologist and close friend narrowly escapes the killer
Death in a strange country by Donna Leon( Book )

93 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,739 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
The temptation of forgiveness by Donna Leon( Book )

28 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An accident involving the father of a boy suspected of doing drugs finds Commissario Guido Brunetti pursuing a series of false and contradictory leads before uncovering a long-standing scam and unleashing unintentional consequences
 
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A question of belief
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About faceDrawing conclusionsThe girl of his dreamsUniform justiceThrough a glass darklyBlood from a stoneDeath at La FeniceSuffer the little children
Alternative Names
Donna Leon

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Donna Leon amerykańska pisarka

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Leon, Donna 1942-

Leona, Donna 1942-

Philipp Schepmann)

Ντόνα Λεόν

Дона Леон

Донна Леон

Леон, Донна

לאון, דונה

לעאן, דונה

לעאן, דונה, 1942-

دانا لئون

دونا لئون نویسنده آمریکایی

레온, 돈나 1942-

ダナ・レオン

レオン, ダナ

レオン, ドナ

レオン, ドナ・M

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