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Transient Desires

Transient Desires
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Veneto
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In his many years as a Commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native Venice to discover the person responsible. Now, in the thirtieth novel in...

Unto Us a Son Is Given

Unto Us a Son Is Given
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under...

Earthly Remains

Earthly Remains
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice, Sant'Erasmo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

During the interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Commissario Guido Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the aftermath, he begins to doubt...

Falling in Love

Falling in Love
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

In Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon’s first novel in the Commissario Brunetti series, readers were introduced to the glamorous and cut-throat world of opera and to one of Italy’s finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli. Now, many years later, Flavia...

By its Cover

By its Cover
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime

By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon’s bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina...

A Question of Belief

A Question of Belief
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Venice is sweltering in a heat wave, and Leon’s doughty copper is looking forward to getting away from the city and relaxing with his family in the relative cool of the mountains. But his colleague Ispettore Vianello has other...

A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

The murder of two clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, draws Commissario Brunetti into the island’s close-knit community, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders...

About Face

About Face
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

The 18th book in the Guido Brunetti series, dealing with toxic waste and the environmental problems besetting not only Venice but wider Italy. Rifling garbage, Brunetti discovers the secrets that the mobsters would like to keep hidden.

Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is shocked to hear that his friend Brett Lynch, lover of La Scala diva Flavia Petrelli, has been savagely beaten. Then a man’s body is found and a terrible confrontation awaits Brett...

Blood from a Stone

Blood from a Stone
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

On a cold night shortly before Christmas, an immigrant street vendor is killed in Venice’s Campo Santo Stefano. The nearest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death – fake...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021