• Where—Montclair, New Jersey, USA
• Awards—Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Award
• Currently—lives in Venice
Donna Leon is the American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti. Her 2013 novel, The Jewels of Paradise is her first stand alone mystery novel.
Leon has lived in Venice for over 25 years. She was a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College-Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, and then worked as a Professor from 1981 to 1999 at the American military base of Vicenza (Italy. She stopped teaching and concentrated on writing and other cultural activities in the field of music (especially Baroque music).
The Commissario Brunetti novels are all situated in or around Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, but not into Italian, at Leon's request. The ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000. German Television has produced 18 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast. (From Wikipedia. Retrieved 7/14/2013.)
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