In 2003, she received the Corine Literature Prize. This page was last edited on 11 October 2020, at 00:25. She wrote it in 8 months and stuck it in a drawer until a friend persuaded her to submit to a writing contest, which she won. Blood from a Stone [and] all thirteen other Brunettis are now in paperback for those who have not yet met the thoughtful Venetian cop with a love of food, an outspoken wife, and a computer-hacker secretary who plays man Friday to his detective.” —Johanna McGreary, Time on One of 6 Detective Series to Savor, “The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. Walking Tours of Guido Brunetti's Venice with accompanying maps: Dr. Toni Sepeda,"the only lecturer authorized by Donna Leon to conduct events in Brunetti's Venicea", leads individual and group tours of the locations and routes noted in Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti novels. One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.” —Paul Skenazy, The Washington Post, “Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with joyful suspense.” —The Mail on Sunday (London), “Wondrous . No other city has been so celebrated by its expatriate writers and visitors, from Ruskin’s glittery tributes to Henry James’s hesitant adoration to Thomas Mann’s fatal seduction. 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She returned to the US and worked in New York City writing advertising copy. It was loaned to me by someone with whom I work because the detective in this series is located in Venice. I know some of you probably speak Italian, so can someone please tell me how to properly pronounce "Fenice"? THE GENESIS, and huge international success, of the Venetian suite policière involving Commissario Guido Brunetti has to be one of the oddest publishing stories in years.Donna Leon … No, she isn’t. Except for the ending, when it all comes together, this book is more about characters and the setting. You get a pretty good flavor for Venice in this book, and it was interesting that it was Brunetti who solves the mystery with very few extra characters involved. (Penguin, New York, September 2003), Fatal Remedies (William Heinemann, London, 1999), Friends in High Places (William Heinemann, London, 2000), A Sea of Troubles (William Heinemann, London, 2001), Wilful Behaviour (William Heinemann, London, 2002), Uniform Justice (William Heinemann, London, March 2003; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover, September 2003; Penguin, New York, paperback, March 2004), Doctored Evidence (William Heinemann, London, March 2004; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover May 2004; Penguin, New York, paperback, May 2005), Blood from a Stone (William Heinemann, London, March 2005; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover May 2005; Penguin, New York, paperback, May 2006), Through a Glass, Darkly (William Heinemann, London, March 2006; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover May 2005; Penguin, New York, paperback, May 2007), Suffer the Little Children (William Heinemann, London, March 2007; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover May 2007; Penguin, New York, paperback, May 2008), The Girl of His Dreams (William Heinemann, London, April 2008; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover May 2008; Penguin, New York, paperback, April 2009), About Face (William Heinemann, London, April 2009; Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, hardcover April 2009; Penguin, New York, paperback, March 2010) , In 2015, she left Venice as her full-time home and began to split her time among the homes she owns in Switzerland, one in Zurich and another in the mountains. Maestro Helmut Wellauer, considered the world's greatest living conductor, is found dead of cyanide poisoning between Acts 2 and 3 of La Traviata at Venice's La Fenice Opera House. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland. In 2003, she received the Corine Literature Prize. I will be reading more. HarperCollins, 1994; Penguin, New York, September 2006), Acqua Alta (HarperCollins, 1996; Penguin, New York, September 2004), The Death of Faith (Published previously in the United States by HarperCollins as Quietly in Their Sleep. You’ll want to catch the first plane over there.” —Phillipa Stockley, The Washington Post, “I struggle to think of other series authors who are as dependable as the excellent Leon.” —Maxine Clarke, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Donna Leon depicts the characters, food, culture, and people of Venice with a knowing eye for ‘just the right’ detail.” —Jennifer McCord, Bookreporter.com, “Leon’s writing trembles with true feeling.” —Erin Hart, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Leon uses the relatively small and crime-free canvas of Venice for riffs about Italian life, sexual styles, and—best of all—the kind of ingrown business and political corruption that seems to lurk just below the surface.” —Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune, “There’s no denying that Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries_ Are well written in a manner that eliminates the extraneous without becoming showily stoic.” —Charles Taylor, Bloomberg, “[Leon] has never become perfunctory, never failed to give us vivid portraits of people and of Venice, never lost her fine, disillusioned indignation.” —Ursula K. LeGuin, The New York Times, “The most obvious appeal of Donna Leon’s novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti is that they are so supremely civilized.