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Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

Death at La Fenice (1992)

by Donna Leon

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Series: Commissario Brunetti (1)

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    The Fallen Angel by David Hewson (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Leon is more atmospherical, more into Italy. In Hewson one finds more action and flashiness.
  2. 01
    Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon (Smiler69)

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This mystery was set in Venice and featured detective Guido Brunetti. Brunetti is assigned to investigate when a world-famous conductor is found dead in his dressing room, and poison is found in his coffee. Brunetti goes on to investigate all the usual suspects: the younger wife, the producer, the various singers, an old lover. I liked the character of Brunetti and his wife. It's nice to see a detective in a crime fiction novel happily married. My favorite parts of the book involve Brunetti's discussions with his boss, who is portrayed as particularly dumb. The investigation itself made sense, but wasn't particularly fascinating. A lot of information was collected but not much was relevant to the case. The resolution to the mystery was okay, but I couldn't help but feel the author was being a bit sensational. Certainly a famous man with such habits would have encountered scandal long before he'd reached his advanced age? Or even some gossip? Overall this was a good, satisfying book and I understand why people would enjoy the series. But I don't believe I'll be continuing with this series.
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  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Loved it! Happy it's part of a really long series. :) ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
A lire
  Egaro | Aug 13, 2016 |
This series of books with Commissario Brunetti are quite interesting, as they take place in Venice, a lovely setting, with great food mentioned throughout the whole book, a great policeman who always finds his man and is a great man himself who loves his wife and kids, and you'll enjoy wandering the sidewalks of Venice!! Warning: the food may make you hungry!! Hearing this series on audio is especially fun. ( )
  KarenSkullerud | Jul 18, 2016 |
I have been interested in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series for a while. When I stumbled upon the first in the series I decided it was time to read and see if I would like it. I did and I do.

Brunetti is a clam man and one who wants to know as much as possible about the victim and their life. When a famous opera conductor dies in his room during the intermission of "La Traviata", it is Brunetti who is to solve the case. Cyanide is the poison, administered in his coffee. Why was such a famous, successful and loved man murdered? Who could do this and why?

Brunetti sets out to find out the answers to these question and what he finds is much more and maybe not so nice. Ex-wives, performers, family members and others all have their stories about him. The picture that starts coming into focus has so many perspectives and suggestions to a number of possible suspects, but it is hard to tie these bits into one coherent picture. Bit by bit things click, as Brunetti slowly unearths the secrets behind this great man.

I plan on reading more from this series. It is set in Venice; a moody and secretive place in Italy. It adds to the mystery. ( )
1 vote ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
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Donna Leonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Björklund, Ing-BrittTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desmond, William OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elwenspoek, MonikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frogner, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geer, LídiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ah, signor, son rea di morte
E la morte io sol vi chiedo;
Il mio fallo tardi vedo;
Con quel ferro un sen ferite
Che non merita pietà.

Ah, sir, I'm guilty to death
And all that I ask is death;
Too late I see my sin;
With your sword pierce this breast
Which merits no pity.

--Così Fan Tutte
For my mother
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The third gong, announcing that the opera was about to continue, sounded discreetly through the lobbies and bars of Teatro La Fenice.
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There is little violent crime in Venice, a serenely beautiful floating city of mystery and magic, history and decay. But the evil that does occasionally rear its head is the jurisdiction of Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police and a genius at detection. Now all of his admirable abilities must come into play in the deadly affair of Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor who died painfully from cyanide poisoning during an intermission at La Fenice.

But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape—a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one. . . .

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When renowned opera conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, the victim of cyanide poisoning, Guido Brunetti, the Vice Commissario of the Venice police, must sift through several suspects.

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