A Noble Radiance Book
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

A Noble Radiance


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2009-02-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555849047

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A Noble Radiance Book Description :

Commissario Brunetti delves into the shadows of a Venetian family’s past in this “gripping intellectual mystery” in the New York Times–bestselling series (Publishers Weekly). In A Noble Radiance, a new landowner is summoned urgently to his house not far from Venice when workmen accidentally unearth a macabre grave. The human corpse is badly decomposed, but a ring found nearby proves to be a clue that reopens an infamous case of kidnapping involving one of Venice’s most aristocratic families. Only Commissario Brunetti can unravel the clues and find his way into both the hearts of patrician Venice and that of a family grieving for their abducted son. “Goes a long way to confirming Donna Leon’s claim to have taken literary possession of Venice . . . A Noble Radiance gives the reader a delightful foretaste of the summer holidays to come, but it also offers much more than that.” —The Independent on Sunday “The marvel of this book is that almost every detail on every page forms part of a succession of clues, planted with exquisite precision, to unraveling the mystery.” —The Sunday Times “Brunetti emerges as an intelligent, somewhat world-weary individual who believes in his cause if not the system itself. In short, he’s the ideal protagonist for this culturally rich mystery.” —Publishers Weekly “In her detective novels with Commissario Brunetti, Donna Leon can paralyze the reader with a joyful suspense, lost in the environs of Venice and hopelessly in love with her central character and his wife.” —Mail on Sunday

A Noble Radiance Book
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

A Noble Radiance


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 0802145795

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A Noble Radiance Book Description :

A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzoni’s, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young man’s disappearance and murder.

A Noble Radiance Book
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

A Noble Radiance


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099269298

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A Noble Radiance Book Description :

Commissario Brunetti is faced with another dark mystery. In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, keen for renovations to begin, is summoned urgently to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave. Wild animals have done their grisly work and the human corpse is badly decomposed. Then a valuable signet ring is found close by, providing the first vital clue. It leads Commissario Guido Brunetti right to the heart of aristocratic Venice, to a family still grieving for its abducted son ...

Radiance of Tomorrow Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Radiance of Tomorrow


  • Author : Ishmael Beah
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2014-01-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143191728

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Radiance of Tomorrow Book Description :

When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the centre of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to file back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the pain of their past and the uncertainty of their future. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. It marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Ishmael Beah.

Beastly Things Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Beastly Things


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Penguin Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 0143123246

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Beastly Things Book Description :

Commissario Brunetti investigates the death of an animal lover whose decomposed body was found in a Venice canal.

The Girl of His Dreams Book
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

The Girl of His Dreams


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2008-05-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555849030

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The Girl of His Dreams Book Description :

Two detectives go undercover in Venice, Italy, in the New York Times–bestselling series by “the undisputed crime fiction queen” (The Baltimore Sun). A priest recently returned from years of missionary work has made a personal request of Commissario Guido Brunetti—but the police detective suspects the man’s motives. A new, American-style Protestant sect has begun to meet in Venice, and it’s possible the priest is merely apprehensive of the competition. But the preacher could also be fleecing his growing flock, so Brunetti and Inspector Vianello, along with their wives, decide to go undercover. In the midst of the investigation, though, the body of a Gypsy child washes up in a canal—and Brunetti finds himself haunted by both the crime and the girl . . . “No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice or the way favoritism and corruption shape Italian life like Leon’s Brunetti . . . the thoughtful Venetian cop with a love of food, an outspoken wife, and a computer-hacker secretary.” —Time “Gorgeously written.” —The New York Times Book Review

Death at La Fenice Book
Score: 3.5
From 56 Ratings

Death at La Fenice


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-04-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802194138

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Death at La Fenice Book Description :

A conductor succumbs to cyanide at the famed Venice opera house, in the first mystery in the New York Times–bestselling, award-winning series. During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy, a notoriously difficult and widely disliked German conductor is poisoned—and suspects abound. Guido Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. To do so, he calls on his knowledge of Venice, its culture, and its dirty politics. Along the way, he finds the crime may have roots going back decades—and that revenge, corruption, and even Italian cuisine may play a role. “One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.” —The Washington Post “A brilliant writer . . . an immensely likable police detective who takes every murder to heart.” —The New York Times Book Review

The Golden Egg Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

The Golden Egg


  • Author : Donna Leon
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802193599

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The Golden Egg Book Description :

A New York Times bestseller: “Brunetti amply displays the keen intelligence and wry humor that has endeared this series to so many.” —Publishers Weekly Commissario Brunetti’s latest assignment is to look into a minor shop-keeping violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife comes to him with a request of her own. The sweet, simple-minded man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him. Brunetti begins to investigate and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man: no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. Stranger still, the dead man’s mother refuses to speak to the police. And as secrets unravel, Brunetti begins to suspect that an aristocratic family might be somehow connected to the mystery . . . “Leon’s success . . . is testament to the heartening fact that character counts in crime fiction.” —Booklist, starred review

Brunetti s Cookbook Book

Brunetti s Cookbook


  • Author : Roberta Pianaro
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2010-05-04
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802197108

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Brunetti s Cookbook Book Description :

Among their many pleasures, Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti novels have long been celebrated for their mouth-watering descriptions of food. Multicourse lunches at home with Paola and the children, snacks grabbed at a bar with a glass of wine or two, a quick sandwich during a busy day, or a working lunch at a neighborhood trattoria in the course of an investigation have all delighted Brunetti, as well as Leon’s readers and reviewers. And then there’s the coffee, the pastries, the wine, and the grappa. In Brunetti’s Cookbook, Donna Leon’s best friend and favorite cook brings to life these fabulous Venetian meals. Eggplant crostini, orrechiette with asparagus, pumpkin ravioli, roasted artichokes, baked branzino, pork ragu with porcini these are just a few of the over ninety recipes for antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci. The recipes are joined by excerpts from the novels, four-color illustrations, and six original essays by Donna Leon on food and life in Venice. Charming, insightful, and full of personality, they are the perfect addition to this long awaited book.

Brunetti s Venice Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Brunetti s Venice


  • Author : Toni Sepeda
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2009-04-08
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 0802199844

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Brunetti s Venice Book Description :

An armchair traveler’s companion to Donna Leon’s Brunetti mysteries: “a splendid present for mystery-fiction fans [or] travel-lit buffs” (Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal). Follow Commissario Guido Brunetti, star of Donna Leon’s international bestselling mystery series, on over a dozen walks that highlight Venice’s churches, markets, bars, cafes, and palazzos. In Brunetti’s Venice, tourists and armchair travelers follow in the footsteps of Brunetti as he traverses the city he knows and loves. With his acute eye, fascination with history, ear for language, passion for food, and familiarity with the dark realities of crime and corruption, Brunetti is the perfect companion for any walk across La Serenissima. Over a dozen walks, encompassing all six regions of Venice as well as the lagoon, lead readers down calli, over canali, and through campi. Important locations from the best-selling novels are highlighted and major themes and characters are explored, all accompanied by poignant excerpts from the novels. This is a must-have companion book for any lover of Donna Leon’s wonderful mysteries.