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Fatal Remedies (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Donna Leon

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Title:Fatal Remedies
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Arrow Books Ltd (2000), Paperback, 320 pages plus ebook on iPad via wgs
Collections:ebooks, Read but unowned, Borrowed, Read & released (inactive)
Rating:***1/2
Tags:club, crime, fiction, R07, italy, venice, brunetti, &ebook, wgs

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Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon (1999)

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Yeah, I think these keep getting better & better. It got really suspenseful at the end, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the whole plot, especially getting to know Paola better. ( )
  mvbdlr | Aug 2, 2014 |
This entry in the series left me very ho-hum. I already can't remember what it was about...and I just read it two weeks ago. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 15, 2014 |
A Commissario Guido Brunetti murder mystery pub. in 1999. Brunetti's wife throws rock through the window of a travel agency which arranges sex tours for men to the Far East (Thailand). License holder of the agency is murdered: all to do with selling out-of-date etc. meds to third world countries. ( )
  reader68 | Mar 19, 2014 |
Even though it’s fun reading mindless mysteries, it’s always satisfying to find ones that have some kind of moral dilemma at their core that the hero must resolve. I had never read Donna Leon, who has taught for the University of Maryland in Venice, Italy for many years, but she weaves just such conundra into her police procedurals starring Commissario Brunetti of the Venice police department.
Brunetti is called out of bed one night to come to the station. His wife has been arrested for throwing a rock through the window of a travel agency. Apparently, this agency organized sex tours to Thailand and the Far East for Italian men, and Brunetti’s wife, Paola, thought something should be done about it. Despite Brunetti’s argument that the agency’s activities are not illegal, she refuses to compromise, and when word gets out to the press that a police official’s wife has been arrested, his career is put in jeopardy. Worse is to come when the owner of the travel agency is found strangled and the ripples caused by Paola’s rock arrive at unexpected beaches.
An important clue to Brunetti’s ultimate resolution of the investigation is that the finances of the murdered man were completely above board and untainted by schemes to avoid taxes. One policeman even remarks that cheating on one’s taxes was justification for almost any crime. No jury would convict if the defendant simply stated he had committed the crime to avoid taxes. Brunetti soon uncovers a scheme that involves the purchase and resale of outdated medicines that are transshipped to Africa and then to poor countries after having been sold to international aid agencies. Paola’s rock inadvertently provided the cover for a killing that was already foreordained.
Brunetti has to suffer through the typical administrivia, and in one delightful little game invented by a colleague, they manage to make it through the myriad administrative instructional lectures. Before each lecture the participants decide on a list of common buzzwords they know they’ll hear during the speech. Each person then picks a list of five of the words they believe will come up the most often. During the lecture, they place a coin on their card each time the word is heard and the person accumulating the most coins on his/her sheet wins all the coins of all the players. In one amusing scene, one of Brunetti’s friends asks a question in such a way as to elicit an answer that will supply several of the words she needs and wins the round.

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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
This Commissario Brunetti novel starts out as though it's going to be about one sort of crime and corruption and turns out to be about something else entirely. It all begins when Brunetti gets a middle-of-the-night phone call. His wife, the aristocratic English lit professor Paola, has admitted tossing a rock through the window of a travel agency that books sex tours to Southeast Asia. Friendly police officers let her go the first time, but when she repeats the act, his superiors find out. But why is the agency's owner so eager to settle out of court?
A convoluted investigation, further complicated by the murder of the agency owner in what looks like a Mafia hit but seems to be tied to the sex-tour protest, leads to an entirely new set of shocking revelations. Through it all, despite adverse publicity and some serious disagreements about the necessity of obeying the law, Brunetti and Paola's love story continues. (It's fairly obvious even if I didn't know, that these books are written by a woman!)
I found the ending of this book more satisfying than those in some of Leon's books, so it probably won't be long before I pick up the next in the series. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Björklund, Ing-BrittTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Donna Leon's multitude of fans around the world has grown with each new Commissario Brunetti novel, and now mystery lovers in the United States can enjoy another compelling episode. In Fatal Remedies, Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? And will Brunetti be able to prove his family's innocence before it's too late?

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For Commissario Guido Brunetti it begins with an early morning phone call. A sudden act of vandalism has just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn. But Brunetti soon discovers that the perpetrator is no petty criminal, for the culprit at the scene is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife.… (more)

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