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  • Published: 1 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099536567
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99
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Death at La Fenice

(Brunetti 1)


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Donna Leon's first novel, introducing Commissario Brunetti...

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 – poisoned during a performance of La Traviata.

Even Commissario of Police, Guido Brunetti, used to the labyrinthine corruptions of the city, is shocked at the number of enemies Wellauer has made on his way to the top – but just how many have motive enough for murder?

The beauty of Venice is crumbling – and evil can seep through its decaying stones …

  • Pub date: 1 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099536567
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Donna Leon

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world.

Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

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Praise for Death at La Fenice

“This series is one of the adornments of current detective fiction”

Gerald Kaufman, Scotsman

“A splendid series ... with a backdrop of the city so vivid you can smell it”

Sunday Telegraph


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