The Jewels of Paradise
This is from the bestselling author of the Brunetti crime series comes. The Jewels of Paradise, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed and Donna Leon's first stand-alone novel. Caterina Pellegrini is a young Venetian musicologist hired to find the rightful heir to an alleged treasure concealed by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Sworn to secrecy, Caterina can solve the mystery only by searching through the papers contained in two chests that have not been opened for centuries. As she delves into all quarters of his life, she is drawn into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque era. What dark secrets do these chests hold, and just whom can she trust?
From the bestselling author of the Brunetti crime series comes The Jewels of Paradise, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed and Donna Leon's first stand-alone novel.
"Jewels of Paradise demonstrates the author's deep understanding of Venice, and is an entertaining work that questions the changing values of life over the ages. Like life, it makes you wait to the end to understand the plot." -- Selected by Lord Browne (former Chief Executive of BP) as his summer read in the Financial Times "Written with all Leon's elegant delicacy combined with her ability to reveal the truth almost without your noticing, this is a little gem of a book, immersed as it is in Leon's own love for the baroque." Daily Mail "[it has] all the ingredients of a zippy historical mystery in an intriguing new genre...Leon seamlessly interweaves the Italian cultural heritage into her story, and hasn't lost her feeling for everyday life" Spectator "Splendid ... a fascinating historical mystery. Full of authentic details and wittily recounted ... Leon's 22nd novel has a freshness which indicates her delight in the subject" -- Jane Jakeman Independent "Fans of Leon's work will find much to enjoy here, particularly her elegant descriptions of day-to-day Venetian life and the city's architectural wonders, and Caterina makes for an enjoyably irreverent companion for the tour." Irish Times
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.