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Girl of His Dreams (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Donna Leon

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Title:Girl of His Dreams
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:Rnib (2009), Edition: Large type edition, Paperback, 459 pages
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The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon (2009)

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Brunetti is unofficially researching a religious group suspected of underhanded means of fundraising for a friend of his. His official investigation is into the death of a Romany/Gypsy girl who was drowned in a canal. The autopsy revealed she had a venereal disease at her young age. Brunetti is determined to get to the bottom of it. This is not the best in the series, but it does present a somewhat realistic, but disappointing resolution. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 23, 2014 |
This is the first Commissario Brunetti Mystery I've read. I liked it a lot. Very real. Good characters. More depth to the characters than many mysteries. A full story not just a who done it. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Commissario Brunetti has two issues to work on: a suspicious religious group that may be bilking its followers out of money; and an 11 year old Gypsy girl found dead in the canal. The mysteries and their resolution seem less important the the characters and their city. ( )
  sleahey | Sep 26, 2013 |
Did Donna Leon imagine that, when she wrote Death At La Fenice, she'd still be writing Brunetti mysteries 17 books later? Would she have wanted that to happen, do you think? Did she have that much she wanted to say? Are Brunetti and his wife and family and friends interesting enough to sustain a baker's dozen and half? Is the answer to all these questions, "no"? Is the answer to two of these questions, "yes"? ( )
  jburlinson | Aug 8, 2013 |
me he reido mucho, aunque la reflexión sobre los prejuicios y la fe es muy humana, como de costumbre.
Curiosa forma de hacer referencia a los valores morales tiene la Sra Brunetti, citando literatura inglesa.
muy recomendable ( )
  gatxanshan | May 18, 2013 |
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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.

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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 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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