What Are the First Five Books Donna Leon Published?


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Donna Leon’s first five novels are: “Death at La Fenice” (1992), “Death in a Strange Country” (1993), “Dressed for Death” (1994), “Death and Judgment” (1996) and “Acqua Alta” (1996). Leon’s 25th novel “Falling in Love” was published in April 2015.

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Set in Venice, Donna Leon’s series of crime novels features the fictional detective Commissario Guido Brunetti, commissioner of police and a talented and charming investigator. The first novel, “Death at La Fenice,” pits Brunetti against a depraved murderer after the death of world renowned conductor Maestro Helmut Wallauer, poisoned during a performance of “La Traviata.”

In Leon’s second novel, “Death in a Strange Country,” Brunetti investigates the death, doctored to look like a mugging, of a young American found floating in one of Venice’s famous canals. The third novel, “Dressed for Death,” opens with the discovery of a body so badly beaten that its face is obliterated, ruining Brunetti’s family holiday when the citizens of Venice stonewall him as he looks for someone who knows the victim.

A car crash on mountainous roads and the death of a prominent lawyer set the scene for “Death and Judgment,” the fourth Brunetti novel, in which the Commissario uncovers a conspiracy that reaches far beyond Venice. In “Acqua Alta,” Leon’s fifth novel, as Venice contends with seasonal flooding, Brunetti investigates the brutal beating of an old friend.

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