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The Golden Egg (Guido Brunetti) Paperback – March 11, 2014
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[An] unusually reflective detective story.”Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Appreciative of feminine charms, the deeply uxorious Brunetti amply displays the keen intelligence and wry humor that has endeared this series to so many.”Publishers Weekly
[Readers] will savor the pleasures of dialogue as elliptical in its way as Henry James and a retrospective shock when they finally appreciate the import of the tale’s unobtrusive opening scene and its sly title.”Kirkus Reviews
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Brunetti also finds that nowhere in the public records is there any evidence this boy/man had ever existed. That conundrum piques the interest of some of Brunetti's Questura colleagues. Just as this story is quite a bit different from what we're used to, so too are the supporting roles. Brunetti's sidekick, Vianello, gets involved for awhile, then drops out of the picture. Everyone's favorite computer hacker, Elettra, has relatively little to do here, as does Patta, who thinks Brunetti's still out investigating a case he's already solved. Meanwhile, we get to spend quite a lot of time getting to know Foa and Pucetti a lot better. Then, about halfway through, comes a nice surprise when Commissaria Claudia Griffoni, the only female detective at the Questura, who was introduced five or six books ago and hasn't been seen since, takes over the sidekick role usually played by Vianello.Read more ›
A young deaf and dumb man, who worked at the dry cleaners which Brunetti and his wife frequent, is found dead of apparent suicide. The Brunettis wonder: what would compel a young disabled person to kill himself? Had something changed in his life? Or is something more sinister at play? Brunetti investigates the incident out of principle and sympathy, to honor the young man's life.
While the plots in this series delight, you may read as much for the aesthetics of the books. The fine writing, savory Italian food, descriptions of Venetian scenery and even the atmosphere of thought and attitudes pervading Venice by its citizens are as enticing as the story. As the author has lived in Venice for the past 30 years, there is real insight. It's an insider's view of someone who lives in Venice, reads the local newspaper, and talks to the citizens daily. The pace in this story has the leisurely pace of an Italian meal. Brunetti travels throughout Venice, and you travel with him. You see the beauty and sublimity of Venice through his eyes.
Mystery readers enjoy this series like a fine wine, or tasty Italian tiramisu. Warning: Brunetti and his family seem to have dessert after every dinner - you may want to buy an Italian pastry to enjoy along with this book so you won't feel deprived. This newest entree by Leon should please her readers as they once again join Detective Brunetti in investigating a mystery in his enigmatic and beguiling Venezia.
The Golden Egg kept me guessing throughout, didn't rely (entirely) on Signorina Elettra's miraculous computer hacking skills, and ended with a shocking discovery. As usual with Donna Leon, there is not necessarily a crime or even a murder, although there is a mysterious death right off the bat. Whether it was murder is Brunetti's puzzle to solve, and apparently there is nothing else requiring his attention that week, so he investigates what everyone else assumes is an accidental death.
In traditional police procedural fashion, Brunetti interviews, detects, and finds layers of deception and decades of greed. Those who enjoy catching up with Brunetti's family will enjoy the mealtime discussions with Paola and the kids. After a week of detecting, Brunetti has solved a mystery, but other questions remain.
A few days after finishing The Golden Egg, I found myself wondering if there weren't some holes in the story. The shocking discovery -- was that even a possibility? Why doesn't Elettra quit doing the cops' work for them and get a lucrative job in computer security?
So -- good story for a weekend, but don't think about it too much.
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Love the local color in Donna Leon's books. This book was a little slow.Published 21 days ago by Robert Keeney
I love the descriptions of Venice. The characters are complex and well developed; an interesting series.Published 1 month ago by garden guru
Donna Leon books may not be great literature but they are always delightful and fun to read. The two main characters quickly become people you want to spend time with!Published 1 month ago by Louise B. Stern
I have read most of this series, greatly enjoying the characters, the storyline, the lightly woven social commentary, and of course, the charming and disarming setting, Venice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by msk
Another enjoyable Donna Leon read. I love Venice and can always picture myself there.Published 1 month ago by sharon reynolds
Clearly written. Fascinating in concepts. Shocking at the end. Captures your attention and holds it throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynne M. Geyser