Fiction - Mystery
The Commissario Brunetti Series
Born: September 29, 1942
She is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for twenty years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy and then as a Professor and a writer. Some years ago, Donna Leon stopped teaching and has concentrated on writing and other cultural activities in the field of music (especially Baroque music).
Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not (by her request ) Italian. Friends in High Places won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000.
German Television has been producing 16 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast.
The Commissario Brunetti books:
Steven > Books I have read *
1 - Death at la Fenice (1992)
4 - Death and Judgement (A Venetian Reckoning) (1995)*
5 - Acqua Alta (Death in High Water)(1996)*
6 - Quietly in Their Sleep (A Death of Faith) (1999)*
8 - Fatal Remedies (1999)*
9 - Friends in High Places (2000) (Silver Dagger Award)*
10 - A Sea of Troubles (2001) *
11 - Wilful Behaviour (2002)
12 - Uniform Justice (2003)*
13 - Doctored Evidence (2004)*
14 - Blood from a Stone (2005) *
15 - Through a Glass, Darkly (2006)
16 - Suffer the Little Children (2007) *
17 - The Girl of His Dreams (2008) *
18 - About Face (2009) *
20 - Drawing Conclusions (2011) *
22 - The Golden Egg (2013)*
23 - By its Cover - 2014
24 - Falling in Love - 2015
25 - The Waters of Eternal Youth - 2016
26 - Earthly Remains - 2017
27 - The Temptation of Forgiveness - March 6 2018
28 - Unto Us a Son Is Given - March 15, 2019
The Jewels of Paradise (2012)
Guido Brunetti -- commissario
Paola, Brunetti's wife
Raffi and Chiara, the kids
Signorina Elettra, secretary and researcher
The Commissario Brunetti series is sometimes a police procedural, sometimes a whodunit, sometimes a comic opera, and occasionally plays like "Father does not know best". Brunetti has married into a privileged and titled family, which alternately aggravates and assists him. His wife Paola is a literature teacher and mother to his two children Raffi and Chiara. We get to go home with Brunetti for lunch and dinner as he escapes the petty bureaucracy of the Polizia. These trips home make the salivary glands work overtime as Leon describes the food and wine that flow onto the Brunetti family table. The table talk with family and the bedroom talk with Paolo provide a homely familial grounding for Brunetti.
I'm really glad that Donna Leon discovered and settled in Venice, the city surrounded by water. Otherwise Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Polizia might have become Lieutenant George Brown of the Newark Police. That might have worked out, since Leon was born in New Jersey. But as an American expatriate in Venice for over 20 years, Donna Leon has absorbed the Venetian culture and sensibility and translated them beautifully into English.
When Brunetti goes to work, the comic opera takes over. He is a committed policeman. His selective morality allows him to negotiate the tricky path between his superior Vice-questore Patta, a buffoon who impedes, his wife's strong pull to the left and Brunetti's drive to bring some sort of justice to an often unjust society. Brunetti would be lost without policemen like Sergente Vianello to assist in the legwork and Signorina Elettra, Patta's secretary, who works research magic and can manipulate Patta.
The reality of daily life makes Guido Brunetti cynical, but his soul won't allow him to quit. Donna Leon writes the life of a man that you would like to know and spend time with. He is a perfect series character, and this is a great series. If you can't travel to Venice, this series is a very good trip for the mind.
The Commissario Brunetti series
Donna Leon Interview
Author Donna Leon talks about the Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries
Donna Leon: Star Talks | Apr 5, 2016
The international best-selling author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, celebrating its 25th anniversary with The Waters of Eternal Youth. With Toronto Star's Deb Dundas.
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Unto Us a Son Is Given
Guido Brunetti series - 28th novel
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press – March 15, 2019