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Donna Leon

USA flag (1942 - )

Donna Leon has lived and taught English literature in Switzerland, Iran, China, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She now lives in Venice and is the Sunday Times crime reviewer.


Non fiction

Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : Friends in High Places

Donna Leon recommends

Tony and Susan (1993)
Austin Wright
"Creepy, illuminating, quite wondeful."
Mask of Betrayal
Mask of Betrayal (1998)
(Inspector John Bright, book 2)
Maureen O'Brien
"O'Brien is a real talent."

Shut Eye (1999)
(Billy Rucker, book 1)
Adam Baron
"Promising first novel . . Rucker is an intelligent reflective hero, a man well worth keeping an eye on. "

Thin Ice (1999)
(Fizz and Buchanan, book 4)
Joyce Holms
"The writing is deft and smooth, and Fizz and Tam are a couple worth keeping an eye on."

Unholy Dying (2000)
(Charlie Peace, book 7)
Robert Barnard
"Refreshingly caustic."

Voice of the Violin (2003)
(Inspector Montalbano, book 4)
Andrea Camilleri
"The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humour, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily. To read him is to be taken to that glorious, tortured island."

When the Devil Holds the Candle (2004)
(Inspector Sejer, book 4)
Karin Fossum
"Marked by an intelligence and compassion not often found in the pages of crime fiction."

The Invention of Murder (2011)
Judith Flanders
"It would be a crime not to read this book."

The Outside Lands (2016)
Hannah Kohler
"A book that is both sensitive and powerful, a marvel of historical accuracy and a riveting read."

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