Whether you have visited Venice (or would like to) or just like a good mystery, Donna Leon's series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti is a great read. The books follow Brunetti's work with his team as they solve mysteries in and around Venice. In addition to getting to know the colorful characters in the Questera (police station), you also become familiar with his family. But, perhaps one of the best "characters" is the city of Venice!
When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn't quite add up.
My Place, written by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Donna Rawlins, was Children's Book Council Book of the Year for Younger Readers in 1988, and also won the YABBA children's choice award. Groundbreaking blend of history and imaginative fiction (ACHHK004).