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									Donna LeonDonna Leon
Internationally bestselling mystery writer Donna Leon masterfully blends the intrigue and passion of the ancient city of Venice (also her beloved adopted home) with cutting-edge detective work in her popular series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti.

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Donna Leon
Current Home:
Venice, Italy
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1942
Place of Birth:
Montclair, New Jersey
B.A., 1964; M.A. 1969; postgraduate work in English literature

Leon's Latest

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								Suffer the Little Children, Author: 
								Donna Leon.

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Suffer the Little Children
by Donna Leon
Donna Leon’s charming, evocative, and addictive Commissario Guido Brunetti series continues with Suffer the Little Children. When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a senior pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men have burst into the doctor's apartment in the middle of the night, attacked him and taken away his eighteenth-month old baby boy. What could have motivated an assault so violent it has left the doctor mute? Who would have authorized such an alarming operation? And at the same time, Brunetti’s colleague Inspector Vianello discovers a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. But it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money.

Write and Wrong

In an interview with B&'s Ransom Notes Newsletter, Leon talks about what drives her to write: "Writing is enormous fun. It is appealing to be in a situation which permits me to make comments upon society and questions of right and wrong -- especially since those comments need not necessarily reflect my own opinions."

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Leon's Reading Recommentations

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								Death at la Fenice, Author: 
								Donna Leon, Durand (Editor).

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Death at la Fenice
by Donna Leon, Durand (Editor)
In this first installment in the Guido Brunetti mystery series, the Italian sleuth must solve the murder of a world-renowned conductor who is poisoned one night during intermission. Check out the rest of the books in the series, including:

*Death in a Strange Country  by Donna Leon
*Anonymous Venetian  by Donna Leon
*A Venetian Reckoning  by Donna Leon
*Acqua Alta  by Donna Leon
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								Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Author: 
								Lynne Truss.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
We asked Leon to tell us about some of her favorite reads. She selected Lynne Truss's breakout hit for her list, explaining, "It's unlikely that a book about punctuation and grammar could provoke belly laughs, but this one does. Often." Read on to learn more about Leon's reading recommendations, including:

*Vanity Fair  by William Makepeace Thackeray
*Time of Our Singing  by Richard Powers
*Oryx and Crake  by Margaret Atwood
*A Suitable Boy  by Vikram Seth
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