Donna Leon was an author I had never heard of before doing a random search on a well-known website for new authors to explore. Now however, I wish I had found her much earlier.
Named as one of The Times (London) Fifty Greatest Crime Writers, Donna Leon has lived in various places around the world but has settled in Italy, working as an English Literature Lecturer. Her novels, based in and around Venice, are written in English and have been translated into several languages, but not Italian at her request.
Her descriptions of Venice transport you to the exact place being portrayed, painting a picture of each scene; making both the well-known sights and the more secluded streets of the city come alive.
Brunetti, the Commissario, is in search of a murderer and soon what appear to be unrelated events come together to share a common link – but what is the true motive behind the killings?
A truck crashes on a mountain road in the Italian Dolomites spilling its cargo and a prominent international lawyer is found dead in the carriage of an intercity train. Can these be connected? In order to find out Brunetti has to dig into the secret lives of Italy’s elite classes – but will he find any answers?
Reading about both Brunetti’s work and home life you can begin to imagine what life would be like to juggle such a stressful job, where you are protecting the safety of others, whilst trying to create a stable environment at home to bring up a family knowing what horrors lie out there.
The Story behind Donna Leon’s, A Venetian Reckoning
The plot of this novel unfolds at a pace that will entice readers to want to read more, keeping their interest without the confusion that sometimes comes with a novel of mixed threads which only come together in the latter stages of the story.
This may be the first time I have read anything by Donna Leon but it most certainly won’t be the last. If you are looking for an easy to read crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the end…look no further.
Have you read any of Donna Leon’s Books? Perhaps you have gone on the official tour of her book locations whilst in Venice. If anyone has, we would love to know your thoughts on the experience.