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A Noble Radiance
A tractor that carries out some works in a farmhouse at the foot of the Italian Dolomites reveals a badly decomposed corpse . Close to the body is found valuable ring that relates it to an influential family of the Venetian nobility. Apparently the dead is the heir of the family, a young men kidnapped in the door of his house two years ago and of whom nobody had seen since then. The commissary Guido Brunetti takes charge of the case in an investiga...
A Sea Of Troubles
Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura investigates the murder of two fishermen on the island of Pellestrina. His task is made doubly difficult by the islanders' code of silence....
Acqua Alta
When he hears that Brett Lynch has been savagely beaten, Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice (Italy) police takes more than a professional interest. (Brett is the companion to famed opera singer Flavia Petrelli whom Donna Leon readers had met in her first novel, "Death at La Fenice." Shortly thereafter, a man's body is found, and a link to the assault is made, and the "conspiracy" grows, as only Leon can do. It's a conspiracy involving power, big...
Doctored Evidence
Atlantic Monthly, Apr 2004, 22.00, 320 pp. ISBN: 0871139189 In Venice, Italy, everyone who knows elderly Maria Grazia Battestini detests her. The local priest shuns her; her neighbors openly hate her; her family avoids her. Only Dottore Carlotti and her Romanian housekeeper Florinda Ghiorghiu have any consistent contact with the odious octogenarian. It is not surprising that someone murdered her and that the police immediately blame the foreign...

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Dressed for Death
In the third of a series, Venice police commissario Guido Brunetti is sent to examine a body in Mestre, across the lagoon from Venice proper. The corpse, in a dress and high heels, turns out to be a heavily made-up males. When further investigation reveals the victim to have been a respected executive of the local office of Bank of Verona, not a known transvestite, Brunetti realizes there's something deeper going on. The trail will lead through the ar...
Fatal Remedies
There is trouble in the Brunetti household. Guido, a Commisario of Police in Venice is at extreme odds with his wife, Paola, over an act of vandalism she has chosen as her form of vigilantism. As they await the outcome of her crime, they are torn between their love for each other and their strong disagreement on her method of drawing attention to a painfully immoral business concern. Then the owner of the business is found murdered. Guido begins his...
Friends in High Places
A young bureaucrat visits Guido Brunetti at home, ostensibly to discuss housing standards to his apartment; Brunetti senses that the young man actually is trying to tell him something else. A few days later, the man's body is found dead, having fallen off a scaffolding as he was inspecting another construction site. The circumstances of death are a bit too pat and Brunetti starts to look into the matter. (He is a commissario with the Venice police.) H...
The Death of Faith
It's a "slow season" for Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice (Italy) police department and this is puzzling the respected officer. Then a beautiful young woman comes in to see him. He recognizes her as a nun who had previously help take care of his hospitalized late mother, and one for whom he had great respect. She tells him that she has left the convent after at least five patients have died unexpectedly. She fears that there is something mo...
Uniform Justice
Brunetti investigates a death at a military school that appears to be a suicide. As usual the book is set in Venice, which is nicely exotic for me....


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