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The Death of Faith (a.k.a., Quietly in Their Sleep) by Donna Leon (1997)

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My first Donna Leon - an enjoyable mystery with Opus Dei running through it. I'm going to keep reading her. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 6, 2014 |
Good Brunetti book. Easy and fast to read. I like this much. ( )
  Sonkku | Dec 20, 2013 |
An intriguing plunge into religion and morality, goodness and ostentation, and the fears that surround secret societies. As always, Brunetti is in top form, and the ancillary characters -- Paola, Chiara, Elettra, Vianello, Patta -- give the plot the extra punch. ( )
  jennorthcoast | Dec 7, 2013 |
Donna Leon takes the mystery genre beyond the standard "who-done-it" and that what makes her novels so enjoyable. The endings of all of the Brunetti novels I have read (most of them) are rather dark and unresolved. She has a very cynical (realistic?) view of the way the Italian world works - or doesn't work. Corruption is rampant and Commissario Brunetti struggles to maintain a commitment to justice amidst the corruption. He also has a wonderful relationship with Pauola, his wife, that is so nice. Donna Leon really makes you want to meet the characters. I think she's wonderful and hope she never stops writing. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
I am a fan of Leon, and yes, she will express a rather cynical view of the powers that be, be they the government, business, the Church, and yes, even the police in all her books. but this book just goes too, too far over the top. A touch of conspiracy is entertaining...a huge dose of it, just too much. Put the soap box away Ms. Leon and get back to telling good mysteries...of which this is not the best.
Must say I did rather like the 'punishment' thought up for one of the worse at the end though..very fitting. ( )
  caitemaire | Sep 6, 2013 |
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È sempre bene
Il sospettare un poco, in questo mondo.

It's always better, in this world,
To be a little suspicious.
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Maria Testa, better known to Brunetti as the nun who once cared for his mother, turns up at the Commissario's door. Maria has left her nursing convent after the suspicious deaths of five patients. Is she creating fears to justify abandoning her vocation, or is there a more sinister scenario?

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Commissario Guido Brunetti is kicking his heels, pondering the recent lack of crime in Venice, when a beautiful young woman appears at his office door. Now calling herself Maria Testa, his visitor is more familiar to Brunetti as Suor' Immacolata, the nun who once cared for his mother at the Casa di Cura in Dolo. But Maria has recently left her convent after the unexpected deaths of five patients. Brunetti offers to make some inquiries but finds no obvious cause for concern. Is Maria simply creating fears to justify abandoning her vocation? Or has she stumbled onto a deeply rooted, far more sinister scenario -- and put her own life in grave danger?… (more)

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