All 36+ Donna Leon Books In Order (+Printable Booklist)

Looks Like Books contains affiliate links and is a member of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase using one of these affiliate links I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you. See my Disclaimer to learn more.

Donna Leon’s very popular Guido Brunetti series has gone on for a long time. Decades, actually, as there are now over 30 books in the series. So, whether or not you’re already a Donna Leon fan, if you want to read this series it can be a bit difficult to figure out exactly how to read these particular Donna Leon books in order.

So I’ve got a complete list of all the Guido Brunetti books in order below along with an assortment of standalone and non-fiction books also written by Donna Leon.

Most Recent + Upcoming Donna Leon New Book Releases

  • Give Unto Others – 2022
  • So You Shall Reap – March 12, 2024

Donna Leon Brunetti Books In Order

  • Death At La Fenice – 1992
  • Death In A Strange Country – 1993
  • Dressed For Death – 1994
  • Death And Judgment – 1995
  • Acqua Alta – 1996
  • Quietly In Their Sleep – 1997
  • A Noble Radiance – 1998
  • Fatal Remedies – 1999
  • Friends In High Places – 2000
  • A Sea Of Troubles – 2001
  • Willful Behaviour – 2002
  • Uniform Justice – 2003
  • Doctored Evidence – 2004
  • Blood From A Stone – 2005
  • Through A Glass Darkly -2006
  • Suffer The Little Children – 2007
  • The Girl Of His Dreams – 2008
  • About Face – 2009
  • A Question Of Belief – 2010
  • Drawing Conclusions – 2011
  • Beastly Things – 2012
  • The Golden Egg – 2013
  • By Its Cover – 2014
  • Falling In Love – 2015
  • The Waters Of Eternal Youth – 2016
  • Earthly Remains – 2017
  • The Temptation Of Forgiveness – 2018
  • Unto Us A Son Is Given – 2019
  • Trace Elements – 2020
  • Transient Desires – 2021
  • Give Unto Others – 2022
  • So You Shall Reap – March 12, 2024
March 12, 2024

More About the Commissario Brunetti Series

This book series is the one that Donna Leon is the most well-known for.

The books are set in Venice, Italy (where Donna Leon has lived for 30 years), and feature the Commissario of Police (police chief) Guido Brunetti.

With the first book in this series having been published in 1992, the series has literally gone on for decades!

The Commissario, Guido Brunetti, is an interesting character. He is depicted as a humble man who lives with his wife Paola who is a specialist in American literature. The types of crimes that Guido Brunetti investigates are high-profile, big-city types of crimes that involve things like art crimes, corruption, or crimes involving the Church.

These books are focused more on Guido Brunetti trying to understand the motivation behind why the crimes are committed than on the gory details of the crime itself.

Commissario Guido Brunetti – Non-Fiction

You might be wondering how there can be a non-fiction book about the fictional character Commissario Guido Brunetti!

That’s a great question, indeed.

If you’ve already read the Guido Brunetti series, you’ll know that Paola Brunetti (Guido’s wife) cooks delicious meals for her family. Food plays an important part in many Italian families, and such is certainly the case with the fictional Brunetti family.

Donna Leon has put together this book of culinary stories, along with recipes by Roberta Pianaro so that we can enjoy delicious meals similar to what the Brunetti’s enjoy in the book series.

How fun is that?

  • A Taste Of Venice: At Table With Brunetti – 2009

Donna Leon Books In Order – Standalone Novels

  • The Jewels Of Paradise – 2012

Donna Leon Books In Order – Other Non-Fiction

  • Handel’s Bestiary – 2011
  • Venetian Curiosities – 2012
  • My Venice and Other Essays – 2013
  • Gondola – 2014

Donna Leon Printable Booklist

More About Donna Leon?

Donna Leon is an American author who created the Commissario Guido Brunetti Series of crime fiction mysteries.

She has actually lived and worked in many different countries around the world, but probably has spent the most time in Venice, where she has lived for 30+ years.

Her books are international bestsellers and translated into many languages. Donna Leon has won many awards for her books, including the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction award.

She says she believes she is “frighteningly irresponsible” because she has never had a real job.

FAQs About Donna Leon Books

What is the order of Donna Leon books?

The books that should be read in order are the books in the Commissario Brunetti series. They should be read in the order of publication which is how they are listed above.

What is the order of the Brunetti books

The correct reading order of the Commissario Brunetti book series is in the order in which they were published. The books are shown above in the order of publication, so you should read them in the order shown here in this post.

Donna Leon Books In Order – Conclusion

Donna Leon’s crime fiction Commissario Guido Brunetti series is a great mystery series for fans of fascinating crime fiction set in interesting places. The Venetian setting of these books is a wonderful backdrop to the investigations that Guido Brunetti gets involved with.

Although you could skip around and read them out of order, it’s recommended that you read the Guido Brunetti books in the order of publication. And there are a lot of them! Over 30 so far since the first was published back in 1992. So, this complete list of Donna Leon books in order will help you sort out the correct order to load up your library shelves with.

If this is your first visit to Looks Like Books, check out our About page so you can learn a little more about me and my Looks Like Books mission.

More In Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

Please Share This Post!

Similar Posts