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#BookBeginnings The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon

Today we have The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon

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Summary:   A friend of his wife’s implores Commissario Guido Brunetti to look into her son’s drug use, but before he starts the woman’s husband is found with a severe head injury. Brunetti must find out if the two problems are connected.

This is the twenty-seventh novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti  police procedural series. The novels are set in Venice.

First Sentence:

Having left the apartment smack on time so as to arrive at the Questura on time for a meeting with his superior, Brunetti found himself seated towards the rear of a Number One vaporetto, glancing idly through a copy of that morning’s Gazzettino.


I like how the novel starts with the beginning of Guido Brunetti’s day. It is relaxing, but with a hint of things to come.

Donna Leon adds a few specific words that establish both the tone and setting. The Questura is the police station in Venice. The vaporetto is a water bus, which is something so specific to Venice. Plus, the newspaper is called the Gazzettino.

Whenever I read this series, I just want to hop on a plane to Venice.

What do you think? Have you read anything by Donna Leon?

Answer to #Mystery Author Whodunit Challenge 4

Looking over my blog and Tweets, I realized I was giving away the answers to the mystery author challenges in the titles of the posts. I’ll only reveal the names in the posts from now on.


The mystery author from Whodunit Challenge 4 was Donna Leon.

mystery author Donna leon

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Donna Leon’s books, starting from Death at La Fenice, feature Commissario Guido Brunetti who investigates crimes in and around Venice, Italy. The 25th book in the series is coming out this year.

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Different mystery authors have different talents, and Leon’s is making the setting come alive. The city of Venice becomes an important character in her books. The buildings, the weather, the people, the food all become tangible with her expert touch.

If you want to learn more about Donna Leon and her work, check out this video. It features scenes from the German television series based on her work, as well as interview.


Are you a fan of Donna Leon’s mysteries? Which one is your favorite?


Be sure to stop back next week for a new Whodunit mystery author challenge. Please leave a comment if you have suggestions for future authors.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 27, 2004)
ISBN-10: 006074068X
ISBN-13: 978-0060740689



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