Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.
The climax is nothing less than a trip - across the laguna - into the heart of darkness. The mystery is intriguing, but following the progress of Brunetti via canal and calle provides the real pleasure ...It's as if you're there, the wind in your face, the baroque splendour of La Serenissima all around ...The city, in Donna Leon's novel, is as much a character as Guido and his family...Over the years - Transient Desires is the 30th novel in the series - the reader has come to love them ...Leon has never overlooked the uglinesses that disfigure her adoptive Italy ... Leon's special skill is to splice glimpses of la dolce vita with acute analysis of moral and ethical dilemmas ...The series that has shadowed Brunetti for three decades is an epic achievement - in its own way quite the equal of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. -- Mark Sanderson * The Times * It's colourful and beautifully written. * Peterborough Telegraph *