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The Definitive Website for:
• English-language Mystery Novels Set in Italy

• International Crime Series Available on DVD
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Donna Leon's #25
The Waters of Eternal Youth

Toni Sepeda's
Brunetti's Venice

Roberta Pianaro
Brunetti's Cookbook

 A Few Drops of Blood
by Jan Merete Weiss

by Valerio Varesi
Gold, Frankincense and Dust

New Steven Saylor
Raiders of the Nile

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Book detail pages include jacket notes, picture of the cover, our rating, "set in" location, theme, author photo and bio. Unique Views by Theme and by Location.


Insightful reviews of some of the books we feature on our website.

We have devised a 5-level rating system for books set in Italy. See the criteria in the table below.

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Rating Books and Authors
Both books and authors are rated according to the flags system below. In any author
list, the higher rated authors will usually be grouped towards the top of the list.
5-flags: Top-notch. Captures the essence of the Italian personality and Italy's social and political culture. Well written. Interesting characters that are authentic Italians. A joy to read!
4-flags: Very good. Italian references are reasonable. A few English or American characters. Well written.
3-flags: Pretty good. Too many non-Italian characters, however interesting.
2-flags: Good. Not as well written and the Italian references are not authentic. Practically no Italian characters. Could have taken place anywhere.
1-flag: Really bad. Definitely not recommended.
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Our library has been collected over many years, driven by a love of Italy and the enjoyment of a good mystery or thriller. The Internet has been essential in finding many of our books. Doing keyword searches at or was a good start at expanding our collection.