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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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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 |
A new series of detective stories and many of them are audio
  shazjhb | Nov 23, 2014 |
As this series goes along I've come to the conclusion that it's not the mysteries that draw me but the writing and the characters. Guido Brunetti with so much authority as the Commissario of Homicide is still sensitive and willing to be patient in trying to solve the murder. He wrests from each of the other characters exactly what he expects and somehow gets more.

In this story, Guido is at the scene as a young girl's body is retrieved from the canal and he works diligently to find out why she was there and why she died. When it is discovered that she is a gypsy he must contact her band of relatives and somehow get them to trust him enough to solve the mystery.

Yes, the mystery wasn't that involved, but the characters are so well crafted. Ms Leon is not afraid to show the corruption of the government. ( )
  cyderry | May 19, 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
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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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