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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.

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...

Venetian Curiosities

Venetian Curiosities
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Various

In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city’s mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed...

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...

Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

The twisted maze of Venice’s canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the celebrated opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death. But nothing so horrific and violent as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer...

Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

When a young woman returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour dead, she immediately alerts the police. Commissario Brunetti is called to the scene but, though there are signs of a struggle, it seems the woman has simply...

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...

The Anonymous Venetian

The Anonymous Venetian
  • Author(s): Donna Leon
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

A Banker is found dead, dressed as a transvestite prostitute. Two more deaths follow. And Brunetti is seraching for the connection and perpertrator. Set in glorious Venice, each page is like walking down another Campo.

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...

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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