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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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good read - quick read ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
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I'm not really sure how to describe this book; 1st it is a series and a popular one at that 2nd I see some similarities to the Marshal Guarnaccia Florentine mysteries by Magdalen Nabb.

Commissionario Brunetti is a family man working with the Police force of Venice. The stories are set in current time and have a tendency towards graphic description. Brunetti is as much as a thinker as the Marshal, but unlike the Marshal he is able to formulate his thoughts in a quicker & more succinct manner. Burnetti is also more at ease with his verbal skills and is adept at handling cantankerous superior officers.

That being said, this book is about a kidnapping of a young man who is heir to a large Italian business and the convoluted family relationships of the remaining family....

The book opens with the restoration of an old villa and the remains of a body & Family Signet ring being found as the fields are being plowed..... The ring is identified immediately but the remains are not.... There is also a very subtle sub-line in the book which relates directly to the crime but is not revealed until the end of the book.

At times the book has too much description and I skimmed over those two parts. But overall I liked the story and I was kept guessing until the last pages. I sat up until 1:30 reading this book, so I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be reading the others in this series.

This series is also in audio format.

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Interesting story... Liked the setting. Will likely read more from this author/series. ( )
  Danica.Rice | Apr 29, 2014 |
bought 02/01/08 in Hamilton
finished 16/01/08

Perhaps a more satisfying ending that most of the Brunetti books. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
As always the setting, characters and especially the food make these my favorite mysteries. ( )
  alyson | Aug 29, 2013 |
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La nobiltà ha dipinta negli occhi l'onestà
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142003190, Mass Market Paperback)

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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"In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, not far from Venice, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, anxious for renovations to begin, is summoned to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave...Then a valuable signet ring is found nearby. It is the first clue to reignite an infamous cold case of kidnapping and disappearance involving one of Venice's oldest families. Only Commissioner Guido Brunetti can unravel the clues"--p.[4] of cover.… (more)

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