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The Girl of His Dreams (A Commissario Brunetti Mystery) (original 2009; edition 2008)

by Donna Leon, David Colacci (Narrator)

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Title:The Girl of His Dreams (A Commissario Brunetti Mystery)
Authors:Donna Leon
Other authors:David Colacci (Narrator)
Info:BBC Audiobooks America (2008), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Audio CD, Read but unowned

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The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon (2009)



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In THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS, Donna Leon once again writes about the everyday life of Commissario Guido Brunetti as it affects him, this family and his work.
The book opens with the funeral of Brunetti’s mother. His brother asked a friend whom they had known from childhood, Antonin Scallon, to preside at the service. Brunetti remembers the friend as a bully. Since then, Padre Antonin had spent twenty years as missionary in Africa. Soon thereafter, Scallon came to see Brunetti about suspicions regarding a man who heads a new, home-based Christian sect. He thinks the leader of the sect is taking advantage of some of the members for his personal financial gain.
Brunetti has barely started to work on that case when, responding to a call, finds the body of a young girl floating in the canal. The girl has no identification but does have some jewelry hidden on her. There have been no reports of a missing girl. As a result of their investigation, Brunetti is able to determine where the child lived, who she is, and how she probably ended up in the canal.
The book discusses a lot about the girl’s community, how they live, and why they don’t trust the police.
The main characters are familiar from the other books in the series and shows how Brunetti is able to accomplish what he wants to by using psychology on his boss, the Vice-Questore Patta with the help of Patta’s accommodating and connected secretary, Signorina Elettra. Criticisms of the political hierarchy, the Catholic Church, and of American attitudes run throughout the book. As is true for many of Donna Leon’s Brunetti series, the ending is not what readers expect but it is realistic for the situations.
The book includes a map of Venice which marks the many of the locations mentioned.
As always, low key, well-written, with wit and philosophy included ( )
  Judiex | Mar 23, 2017 |
Especially depressing, but still a bit heavy-handed. The side-plot of the priest was a puzzle. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 6, 2017 |
Guido Brunetti is approached by an old friend of his brother, asking for help. The friend is a priest, recently returned from Africa where he did years of missionary work. The Father is concerned that one of his friends is being duped out of a great sum of money by a man posing as a priest looking for donations behind the façade of a new religious sect.

While investigating this matter, the body of a young girl is found floating in the canal. The victim of drowning. How did she get there? Why? Who is she and why is there no report for a missing girl? As this mystery unravels the threads lead to the Gypsy or Romney community. A tight knit and closed community that is an outcast to the rest of the Venetian world. Brunetti must gain access to them for information regarding the girl and the reason for what has happened.

Written with a mellow pace, yet with a strong draw to find out why and how. Life in Venice is not quick moving or clear cut. There are little rituals and customs that must be observed while investigating, in order to get the information needed to solve the case. After all, the majority of transportation is via water or on foot.

I am really enjoying this series. Donna Leon paints an interesting and varied image of Venice and its people. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Love that Brunetti is a happily married family man, and that his colleagues are supportive. Brunetti works 2 cases: one is the death of a Romani (gypsy) girl and the other involves learning what he can about a fringe religious group as requested by an acquaintance (whom he doesn't fully trust).

He pushes further than his commander would like but Brunetti knows how to manage (manipulate) his unimaginative and short-sighted boss. His actions resolve one case, and get him as close to the truth as possible in the other.

Strong read, good pacing and characterizations. ( )
  Bookish59 | Jan 9, 2016 |
This will be my first and last Donna Leon book. I found the characters very interesting but the story fell flat, particularly the ending. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Venice and the food.... ( )
  MaggieFlo | Dec 18, 2014 |
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Der Tod macht mich nicht beben.
Nur meine Mutter dauert mich;
Sie stirbt vor Gram ganz sicherlich.

Death does not make me tremble.
I feel sorry only for my mother.
She will surely die of grief.

Die Zauberflöte
For Leonhard Toenz
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Brunetti found that counting silently to four and then again and again allowed him to block out most other thoughts.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0143115618, Paperback)

Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Reading The Girl of His Dreams leaves you no choice but to reconsider what makes a mystery novel so good. Certainly there's no denying the appeal of a hard-boiled crime story, where more often than not a brilliant yet battered P.I. drives you white-knuckled to the edge of your seat, but Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti--at once exactingly inquisitive and disarmingly sensitive--bucks that genre convention entirely. Here, in Leon's seventeenth Brunetti mystery, is a man who investigates the tragic drowning of a young Gypsy girl relentlessly, yet--in his thoughtful meanderings through the streets and cafes of Venice--also struggles to understand the human warps and weaknesses that make his beloved city so vulnerable. In the end, it's this pure love and curiosity for life (and, I admit, his lusty appreciation of daily luxuries like prosecco, good coffee, or a burst of sunshine) that make Brunetti such a seductive hero--so much so that you're willing to follow him wherever he goes. --Anne Bartholomew

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One cold and rainy morning, the body of a gypsy is found floating in a canal. Brunetti suspects she fell off a nearby roof while fleeing an apartment she had robbed--but something about the case continues to haunt him.

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