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Hemelse juwelen (2012)

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Title:Hemelse juwelen
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (2012), Hardcover, 256 pagina's
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Venetië, muziekwetenschapper, componist, 18e eeuw, erfenis, relikwieën

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The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon (2012)

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This novel is Leon's first stand alone book, outside of her fabulous series about Guido Brunetti. Caterina is a young woman expert in musicology and history and is hired as an expert to return to her home town of Venice, to research a potential treasure. The man who may have left the treasure is Steffani, a composer who lived in the 1600s. Caterina's employers are two tough guys who are cousins, and a handsome lawyer who she finds attractive. There are anti-Catholic comments through out the book, rather nonstop. This book is disappointing compared to Leon's other books about Brunetti. Leon gives a nice homage to fellow author Andrea Camilleri, using Andrea as the name of a main character and Montalbano as the name of a historical figure. ( )
  hangen | Aug 20, 2015 |
Synopsis: Caterina Pellegrini is a researcher specializing in musicology. She is hired to read through letters in old trunks to determine if the owners have an inheritance. Although she is in her beloved Venice, she feels threatened by some unknown group and confident that the new man she's met isn't what he seems.
Review: If you like research, you'll love this book. If you're not into how researchers work, you may like the historical intrigue that is very well told. In any case, this is written with Leon's high standards and the dry humor she always puts into her books. If you're looking for crime, it's not in this book. There is a moral ~ what is valued by one person may not be valued by others. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 8, 2014 |
Different characters, different mysteries, same Venice. I loved the story. The different view of life as a Venetian. The Church, history and music combine in an interesting story of greed and power. ( )
  Perrywilson | May 24, 2014 |
A sad letdown. I have little interest in baroque opera, so the pages and pages of historical background were wasted on me. I was impatient with the tease of a possible love interest, and INCREDULOUS at how the supposedly sensible main character handled a supremely creepy encounter with a bad guy. I did not buy it. The solution to the "mystery" was facile and anticlimactic. Very disappointing. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
I had hoped for much from this book by Donna Leon but, having ploughed through a couple of hundred pages of the life and works of a Baroque composer, I realised when the book came to a rather abrupt end that the story could have been written on all of half a dozen pages ... or less.

My feeling is that Leon has interested herself in the life and works of Steffani and wanted to spread the word so she manufactured a mystery story around her research in the hope of reaching a wider audience that she would have done with a straight biography. ( )
  pinkozcat | Jan 12, 2014 |
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The bad news is that Commissario Guido Brunetti is nowhere in sight in Leon’s new novel. The much better news is that the book’s fresh central character is far more beguiling than Brunetti. This paragon of smarts, who’s also gifted with an amusing acerbic streak, is Caterina Pellagrini, a native of Venice and a musicologist specializing in baroque opera. Pellagrini is hired by two untrustworthy Venetians to check out the papers of their ancestor, a brilliant composer of three centuries earlier. The two slippery guys figure a potential windfall lies within their grasp. The book’s puzzle is engaging, Venice is captivating, but most amazing of all, Jewels makes research seem a glorious and exciting pursuit.
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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 childless; 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 Paradise is a superb novel, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed.

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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 childless; 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.… (more)

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