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On a Quest for Brunetti Adventures


I've led a sheltered life. I am ashamed to admit that I have never read a Donna Leon novel. Or, I should say that I had never read one because I just finished "Death at La Fenice".

I had heard all of the Donna Leon raves, of course, but I never took the bait. When I decided to go to Venice with GrapeHops next May, though, I decided to read as many of the Donna Leon novels about Commissario Guido Brunetti that I could.

I was hoping that the books would give me some insight to Venice as the locals see it. If "Death at La Fenice" is any indication, I have already gotten a "feel" for the spirit of Venice.

I really, really enjoyed my first Donna Leon book. I am going to try to read them in the order they were published, so I am now on to "Death in a Strange Country".

Comments (10)


Let me know if you need any others. I'm currently reading David Hewson's Lizard's Bite. It's about detective Nic Costa who normally lives/works in Rome but he's on special assignment to Venice - so far, so good. Another one that takes place in Venice is Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen but only one of the books - Dead Lagoon. I'm not sure if I still have it but if I do and you want it, let me know.

I was also 'late' to the Donna Leon fan club. I read most of them last year. Wonderful escapes and even better since you will be there soon!

Yay! I really have enjoyed the whole series and think I would have loved them even if I wasn't so crazy about Venice. Great characters in these books. Enjoy!

Enjoy them, Nancy! They are fun reads!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, how fun that you're going to Venice with GrapeHops. I had not heard of Donna Leon either until I started reading Annie's blog. I only managed to read one book before my trip in 2007 and wished that I had read more of her books before I left. Enjoy the next book.


This sounds like a fun idea. My first trip to Venice is in November...what perfect timing. Thanks for the idea!

Brad'll Do It:

The Donna Leon books are great. I do suggest you read them in some semblance of the order they were written. I kept looking for Brunetti in Venezia on Saturday, but it was raining... he was probably home with the wife and kids.

Good for you - I have 'em all.

Bring 'Brunetti's Venice' with you on the trip. I know you'll be busy with Shannon but it really has some interesting tours.

Hey, thank you all for your comments! I am definitely going to read the books in the order they were published.

And, Jerry, I do have "Brunetti's Venice" and was trying to decide if I should take it with me. Per your recommendation, I will definitely do that!


I'm reading Brunetti's Venice. Nancy, perhaps on some of our free time (or maybe if we're all Brunetti fans) we can work one of the walks into our trip. :D

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