WorldCat Identities

Leon, Donna

Works: 568 works in 3,574 publications in 17 languages and 73,638 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Musical fiction  Biography  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery stories, American 
Roles: Author, Creator, Narrator, Performer, Contributor, Singer
Classifications: PS3562.E534, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donna Leon
Through a glass darkly by Donna Leon( Book )

96 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,434 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
About face by Donna Leon( Book )

59 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,426 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 golden egg by Donna Leon( Book )

42 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,421 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
Uniform justice by Donna Leon( Book )

76 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commissario Guido Brunetti is called in to investigate when a young cadet at an elite military academy is found hanged, a presumed suicide
Beastly things by Donna Leon( Book )

46 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and French and held by 2,404 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
By its cover by Donna Leon( Book )

43 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,399 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
A question of belief by Donna Leon( Book )

58 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,392 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
The girl of his dreams by Donna Leon( Book )

41 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,385 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 )

59 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,372 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
Blood from a stone by Donna Leon( Book )

74 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,173 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
Suffer the little children by Donna Leon( Book )

75 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,093 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 )

168 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in 15 languages and held by 2,038 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
The jewels of paradise by Donna Leon( Book )

34 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and French and held by 2,012 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
Acqua alta by Donna Leon( Book )

118 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 1,886 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
Doctored evidence by Donna Leon( Book )

44 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti investigates when a Romanian housekeeper is falsely accused of murdering her employer
Death in a strange country by Donna Leon( Book )

81 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient. When something is discovered in the victim's apartment that suggests the existence of a high level conspiracy, Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime"--Cover p. [4]
The waters of eternal youth by Donna Leon( Book )

15 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,508 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 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
Willful behavior by Donna Leon( Book )

99 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it. But when the girl is found dead, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly becomes Brunetti's case, no longer Paola's student. Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat, and when she in turn is found dead, the case seems to have be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore
A sea of troubles by Donna Leon( Book )

64 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,211 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
My Venice and other essays by Donna Leon( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donna Leon has won a huge number of passionate fans and a tremendous amount of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. These accolades have built up not just for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice, one of the world's most-treasured cities, and Leon's home for over thirty years. Readers love how Leon opens the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international tourists who delight in the city's canals, food, and art every year. My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon, who is a perennial #1 bestseller in Germany, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history and former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man
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The girl of his dreams
Alternative Names
Donna Leon Amerikaans schrijfster

Donna Leon amerikansk författare

Donna Leon amerikansk skribent

Donna Leon amerykańska pisarka

Donna Leon écrivain américaine

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Donna Leon scrittrice statunitense

Donna Leon (Sprecher

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Leon, Donna, 1942-

Leona, Donna 1942-

Philipp Schepmann)

Ντόνα Λεόν

Леон, Донна

לעאן, דונה, 1942-

دونا لئون نویسنده آمریکایی

레온, 돈나 1942-


レオン, ダナ

レオン, ドナ

レオン, ドナ・M

About faceUniform justiceA question of beliefThe girl of his dreamsDrawing conclusionsBlood from a stoneSuffer the little childrenDeath at La Fenice