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Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Paperback – July 27, 2004
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La Fenice is the name of Venice's famed opera house and in this novel, death is the event de jour, as a well-known German conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, shortly before he was to conduct "La Traviata." Of course, the show must go on. Of course, the police must be called.
And we are introduced to Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police in Venice. He's also a brilliant detective. With suspects galore, Brunetti finds the early going to be confusing and not all what the "facts" may seem.
In Brunetti, Donna Leon has created the quintessential police detective. He is a man whom we are proud to call an acquaintance as we follow his trail in all the Leon books. She describes him: "He was a surprisingly neat man: tie carefully knotted, hair shorter than was the fashion; even his ears lay close to his head, as if reluctant to call attention to themselves. His clothing marked him as Italian. The cadence of his speech announced that he was Venetian. His eyes were all policeman."
Leon, in addition to being a first rate novelist, has been an American English teacher aboard, and healthy international sales have made her vision of Venice well known. She seems to love the city, but with an attitude that shows her feet are on the ground. She lets Brunetti characterize the city: "And then he was at the water's edge, the bridge to his right. How typically Venetian it was, looking, from a distance, lofty and ethereal but revealing itself, upon closer reflection, to be firmly grounded in the mud of the city.Read more ›
The hero of this book is Venice. Each page lives and breaths Venice. The smells, the sounds, the language, the fog, the people - it's all in the novel. The book took me back to Venice and I enjoyed every minute. Donna Leon is a fine writer. If she would develop an action hero like Sue Grafton or Judith Van Gieson, I think she would become a best selling author. As it is, she's like an absolutely perfect one-carat diamond: small but exceptional and highly valuable. If you love Venice, you'll enjoy this book even if you don't like mysteries.
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An intriguing introduction to this detective, his wife, and life in Venice. I figured it out but I did not deduce the motive. I will probably read more of this series.Published 1 day ago by Terri Maue
I found it nicely written and readable. A quick and entertaining read.Published 4 days ago by Artios
As with the previous books in this series, the character development makes all come alive. Including the foibles of being human! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mary S. Smith
A very gripping tale with an unexpected ending, Great first novel. Ward GriffenPublished 14 days ago by Ward griffen
Heading says all ,but still an enjoyable read. I just found this series and realize this is an early on. Read morePublished 18 days ago by ms.me
If you love mysteries and Venice then you will love this book. It's impossible not to become addicted to the clever plots, insightful social and political insights, and beautiful... Read morePublished 20 days ago by SoccerMom
Excellent story in the lovable Venice environment. Never out of fashion.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is many years since I visited Venice but this brought the city back to me with Donna Leon's fabulous descriptions of the city and its culture. Read morePublished 29 days ago by janNZ