I have just finished reading the last of Donna Leon’s series of crime novels set in Venice. For years now there has always been another book featuring the delightful Guido Brunetti and his family to look forward to, but now I’ve read the most recent and will have to wait for Donna Leon to write more (the next one, The Temptation of Forgiveness is due out next year).
It is not easy to keep a series of books going on and on. Each novel must offer something different and interesting, while keeping ‘in character’, yet must provide the same quality of experience that the previous books have supplied. So far Donna Leon has produced 26 novels and the quality has been remarkably even. In Venice last month I took my literary tour group on a Guido Brunetti walk. We saw the building where he lives (Donna has often visited the upper apartment there), some of the cafes where he has a glass of grappa or a quick bite before rushing off to solve a crime, and the gorgeous statue of Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni where Guido used to meet up with Paola in their days of courtship.
If you have not yet read any of the novels, the first one is Death at Le Fenice. I prefer to read a series in the correct order, to follow the progress of his family and his colleagues, but you can read them out of order.
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