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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...

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...

Suffer the Litte Children

Suffer the Litte Children
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When Commissario Brunetti is summoned to the hospital bedside of a senior paediatrician whose skull has been brutally fractured, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men have burst into the doctor’s apartment in the middle of...

The Death of Faith

The Death of Faith
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

The Golden Egg #22

The Golden Egg #22
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Twenty-one years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992’s Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been...

The Jewels of Paradise

The Jewels of Paradise
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Caterina Pellegrini is a young Venetian musicologist hired to find the rightful heir to an alleged treasure concealed by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Sworn to secrecy, Caterina can solve the mystery only by searching through...

Uniform Justice

Uniform Justice
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, at Venice’s elite military academy, Brunetti’s emotions are complex: pity and sorrow at the...

Wilful Behaviour

Wilful Behaviour
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When Commissario Brunetti receives a visit from one of his wife’s students with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, he thinks little of...

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.

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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