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"Leon's books are a joy, and the 19th Venice-based Commissario Brunetti novel is well up to her consistently high standard" Guardian "Leon excels in the claustrophobia of families, the Italian class system and the sinister aspects of Venice that the tourists don't see" -- Marcel Berlins The Times "To read a Donna Leon novel is to have an armchair holiday in her lovingly described Venice, in the company of an old friend - the amiable Commissario Brunetti ... Leon never fails to impress with her carefully wrought plots and believable characters" Daily Mail "Knowingness, or an illusion of knowingness, is essential to successful crime-writing ... Donna Leon has mastered this technique perfectly" -- Jonathan Keates TLS "Donna Leon has established a special hold on the reader's imagination, so it is almost easier to imagine the Commissario returning to lunch with his feisty wife, just round the corner, than almost any other fiction character in the immortal (we hope) city... A Question of Belief is particularly enjoyable...Donna Leon's great skill is to invest the characters in her crime novels with a kind of humanity, even the wrongdoers... [a] marvellous evocation of the magic city, and its inhabitants of all types" -- Antonia Fraser The Lady
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Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.