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Leon, Donna

Overview
Works: 851 works in 4,479 publications in 17 languages and 79,874 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 )

54 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,524 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 )

57 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,475 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 )

65 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,411 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 )

50 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,410 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 )

56 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,342 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
The girl of his dreams by Donna Leon( Book )

52 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and German and held by 2,336 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
Drawing conclusions by Donna Leon( Book )

64 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,336 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
Uniform justice by Donna Leon( Book )

69 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,285 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 )

72 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's spring in Venice, and Commissario Brunetti and his associate Vianello undertake a task not officially sanctioned by the Questura--they will try to do what they can for Vianello's friend Marco, an eco-activist who has been arrested after an environmental protest turns ugly. Soon after, Brunetti witnesses the almost psychotic enmity of Marco's father-in-law, who almost seems prepared to murder his relative (a fear that Marco's wife shares). The old man's glass factory on Murano, the source of the conflict between father and son-in-law, becomes the scene for a murder: in front of the furnaces which eternally burn at high temperatures, a body is found and Brunetti's search for the killer is aided by clues found in a volume of Dante
The waters of eternal youth by Donna Leon( Book )

47 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,209 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, unable to learn or mature. 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 patronesśthe girl's grandmotheŕasks 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. Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case. 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, The Waters of Eternal Youth is another wonderful addition to this series
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon( Book )

84 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a cold night shortly before Christmas, an immigran street vendor is killed i nVenice's Campo Santo Stefano. The nearest witnesse to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death - fake handbags of every designer label - but they have seen nothing that might be of much help to the police. When Commissario Brunetti arrives on the scene, he finds it hard to understand why anyone would murder an illeagal immigrant. -- back cover
The jewels of paradise by Donna Leon( Book )

30 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,010 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 )

66 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,970 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
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon( Book )

159 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 13 languages and held by 1,957 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 )

36 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,911 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"--
Doctored evidence by Donna Leon( Book )

52 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,838 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 )

120 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,801 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 )

56 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,511 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 )

67 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,467 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
A sea of troubles by Donna Leon( Book )

62 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,160 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
 
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A question of belief
Alternative Names
Donna Leon Amerikaans schrijfster

Donna Leon amerikansk författare

Donna Leon amerikansk skribent

Donna Leon amerykańska pisarka

Donna Leon écrivain américaine

Donna Leon escritora estadounidense

Donna Leon scrittrice statunitense

Donna Leon (Sprecher

Donna Leon US-amerikanische Krimi-Schriftstellerin

Donna Leon yhdysvaltalainen rikoskirjailija

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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About faceThe girl of his dreamsDrawing conclusionsUniform justiceThrough a glass darklyBlood from a stoneSuffer the little childrenDeath at La Fenice