Title Profile & Character Information

The Jewels of Paradise

Annotation
Donna Leon has won heaps of critical praise and legions of fans for her best-selling mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. With The Jewels of Paradise, Leon takes readers beyond the world of the Venetian Questura in her first standalone novel.

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity.

The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply-connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childss&ldless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina’s job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the "testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold. From a masterful writer,The Jewels of Paradiseis a superb novel, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed.


Characters
NamePellegrini, Caterina
GenderFemale
TraitVenetian

GenreFiction
Mystery
    --Women sleuths
Suspense
TopicsOpera music
Jobs
job hunting
Life changes
Italian culture
Mysteries
Detectives
SettingVenice, Italy
Italy