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A Noble Radiance (Guido Brunetti, No 7) (original 1998; edition 2003)

by Donna Leon

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Title:A Noble Radiance (Guido Brunetti, No 7)
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Penguin Books (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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As always the setting, characters and especially the food make these my favorite mysteries. ( )
  alyson | Aug 29, 2013 |
Venice is a place I want to experience again and again, and if I can't do it in person, I hope to do it through history or fiction. Leon's book falls a little short both as fiction and as a vicarious way to experience Venice. Neither the characters or story pulled me in far enough to read another in the series. ( )
  datrappert | Aug 6, 2013 |
Great voice in fiction. ( )
  midwestms | Jul 17, 2013 |
Can love be so toxic it kills the ones you love? Brunetti re-investigates the kidnapping of a young noble man after his body turns up after 2 years. Leon contrasts the relationships in Brunetti's life with the one of the young man's family to show how your life can turn on a dime and how you can't protect the ones you love against themselves. The plot is tight but is more transparent this time and the reader can see things coming quite easily. Not really a problem since it's not the who but the why that is important in this tale. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 5, 2013 |
The possible motive and possible killers are glaring from early in the story, but the story teller still keeps you in her grip until the end. Donna Leon can do that partially because she can blame weaknesses in the Italian system for the snail like pace for getting information about any and all things except gossip. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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La nobiltà ha dipinta negli occhi l'onestà
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Donna Leon has topped European bestseller lists for more than a decade with a series of mysteries featuring clever Commissario Guido Brunetti. Always ready to bend the rules to uncover the threads of a crime, Brunetti manages to maintain his integrity while maneuvering through a city rife with politics, corruption, and intrigue.

In A Noble Radiance a new landowner is summoned urgently to his house not far from Venice when workmen accidentally unearth a macabre grave. The human corpse is badly decomposed, but a ring found nearby proves to be a first clue that reopens an infamous case of kidnapping involving one of Venice's most aristocratic families. Only Commissario Brunetti can unravel the clues and find his way into both the heart of patrician Venice and that of a family grieving for their abducted son.

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An unassuming uninhabited farmhouse in the Italian countryside delivers up its gruesome secret when its overgrown grounds are cleared for the first time in decades. What is left of the decomposing body is of little help to the urgently summoned Brunetti...until a distinctively valuable signet ring, found nearby, links the mangled remains to a kidnapped scion of Venetian aristocracy.… (more)

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