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Conclusions preliminars by Donna Leon

Conclusions preliminars (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Donna Leon

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Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon (2011)



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Another of the mysteries with Guido Brunetti, as enjoyable As the rest of Donna Leon's books. This one delves into the art world of Venice. A quick read, with familiar characters and relationships. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jul 21, 2014 |
Synopsis: An elderly lady has died from what appears to be a heart attack. However, there is some physical evidence that someone may have pushed her into that heart attack. This leads Brunetti into the world of abused women and groups set up to help them.
Review: As usual, Leon's book is rich in its description of Venice and its occupants. And, as usual, the ending leaves the reader with a bit of disquiet. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 13, 2014 |
Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate the death of middle-aged woman in her apartment. She had been dead for a few days. There was a cut on her scalp, blood on the floor and radiator, and a few light marks near her neck. The death appeared to be a heart attack.
The woman was the mother of Vice-Questore Guiseppe Patta’s son’s former veterinarian and Patta wanted to know what happened. Fast.
His first priority is learning about the woman. With the help of his assistant Vianello and the ever-efficient Signorina Elettra, his investigation takes him into a hospital, church, and nursing home. He learns about domestic violence and the care of the elderly. And there is the ever impure government with which he must deal.
While conducting his investigation, Brunetti observes “People knew things they said and thought they did not know. Wives and husbands learned far more about the other person than they were ever meant to learn.” It is by investigating this gray area that he is able to solve the case.
Like all of the Brunetti books in Donna Leon’s series, the story flows without the gore, violence, or gratuitous sex found in many similar works. Instead we find real people facing real situations and reacting in ways that point the way to a solution via indirect lighting. The ending is unconventional but, in Brunetti’s mind, are just for this situation. ( )
  Judiex | Apr 14, 2013 |
Loved this book. I do wish that Paola had more of a role though. ( )
  SamO4 | Mar 31, 2013 |
I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read, Donna Leon at her best: raising social issues such as how we handle the abuse of women.

We are reminded too of Brunetti's social conscience. He has become a little uncomfortable with how Signorina Elettra acquires her information. He know that she uses her formidable computer skills, but suspects that she also poses as a police investigator, or at least leads people to think that she is.

The investigation into the death of the elderly lady has a surprising end, revealing another crime committed some time before. ( )
  smik | Dec 24, 2012 |
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As languid in its movement as a gondola ride. Yet none of Brunetti’s earlier cases is as remorselessly clear in connecting the delicately comic anti-authoritarian gestures Brunetti winks at to the miasma of corruption that hangs over his beloved Venice.
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Nearly twenty years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992’s Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been delighting readers around the world. For her millions of fans, Leon’s novels have opened a window into the private Venice of her citizens, a world of incomparable beauty, family intimacy, shocking crime, and insidious corruption. This internationally acclaimed, bestselling series is widely considered one of the best ever written, and Atlantic Monthly Press is thrilled to be publishing the twentieth installment, Drawing Conclusions, this spring.

Late one night, Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow in her modest apartment. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. It seems there is nothing for Brunetti to investigate. But he can’t shake the feeling that something or someone may have triggered her heart attack, that perhaps the woman was threatened. Conversations with the woman’s son, her upstairs neighbor, and the nun in charge of the old-age home where she volunteered, do little to satisfy Brunetti’s nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.

Insightful and emotionally powerful, Drawing Conclusions reaffirms Donna Leon’s status as one of the masters of literary crime fiction.

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Commissario Guido Brunetti, with the help of Inspector Lorenzo Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra Zorzi, investigates the death of an old woman in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio.

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