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McIntyre’s Books Author Events

Transient Desires by Donna Leon with Frances Mayes

Donna Leon, Transient Desires, in conversation with Frances Mayes on Zoom

Event Date:

March 13, 2021

Event Time:

11:00 am

Please note to attend this event, a book purchased from McIntyre’s is required. A Zoom link will be sent to book purchasers prior to the event. We appreciate your continued support of our local independent bookstore!

Named a Most Anticipated Book by Crime Reads.

“Atmospheric . . . The action builds to a thrilling denouement involving
coast guard boats and navy commandos.”—Publishers Weekly

In the landmark thirtieth installment of the bestselling series the New Yorker has called “an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event,” Guido Brunetti is forced to confront an unimaginable crime.

In his many years as a commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native city, Venice, to discover the person responsible. Now, in the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon’s masterful series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians. However, Brunetti’s curiosity is aroused by the behavior of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital. If the injuries were the result of an accident, why did they want to avoid association with it? As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate the incident, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumored to be involved in more sinister nighttime activities in the Laguna.

Donna Leon’s thirtieth Brunetti novel is as powerful as any she has written, testing Brunetti to his limits, forcing him to listen very carefully for the truth.

Donna Leon, born in New Jersey in 1942, has worked as a travel guide in Rome and as a copywriter in London. She taught literature in universities in Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia. Commissario Brunetti made her books world-famous. Donna Leon lived in Italy for many years, and although she now lives in Switzerland, she often visits Venice.

Frances Mayes is the author of the now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun, which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years. Other international bestsellers include: Bella Tuscany and Everyday in Tuscany, and three illustrated books: In Tuscany, Bringing Tuscany Home, and The Tuscan Sun Cookbook. She is also the author of two novels and six books of poetry. 

Event Schedule Details

  • March 13, 2021
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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