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Wilful Behaviour by Donna Leon
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Wilful Behaviour (2002)

by Donna Leon

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Series: Commissario Brunetti (11)

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One of Leon's better ones, I think, in which a young student of Paola's is killed after inquiring about clearing her grandfather's record from after WWII. People are indeed wilful in this story: an old lady who can't help loving a truly despicable follower of Mussolini, that same despicable fellow's penchant for collecting art to the loss of those attempting to escape Italy during the war, a notario whose whole family is obsessed with greed - and so forth. The only thought I had aside from enjoyment of this very satisfying mystery is that Brunetti wouldn't have been able to solve any of this without the extraordinary clandestine skills and connections of Signorina Ekatterin ( )
  ffortsa | Apr 10, 2019 |
The eleventh book in the series, Willful Behavior is good mystery although I didn't like the ending. Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the murder of a young woman. The trail to the murderer backtracks through family history and illegal behavior during WWII.
  clue | Feb 13, 2019 |
When you are interested in Italy or even more specifically in Venice, then you are reading the right book and Guido Brunetti makes good guide. He likes good food, art and most of all he feels at home in his home town. You get away after this read with some great Italian dishes, where and how to drink a coffee or something stronger. You get some flashbacks from the war and at the end some tips on English Literature by fanatic teacher Paola Brunetti ... or should we say Donna Leon (once a teacher...) ( )
  sharrya | Feb 26, 2018 |
They just keep getting better. I love how she mixes food and mystery together ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jul 23, 2017 |
The fourth book ticked off my TBR challenge. It was an enjoyable read - I love Venice and the art-related crime was a bonus. Quite weirdly this is the week that the digital version of Entarte Kunst was placed online by the V&A and a copy of the New York Times had a front page article about tracing the owners of looted art in France (perhaps because of the Monument Men movie? or just serendipity?) The solution was satisfyingly unexpected; the victims were not just ciphers but people one cared about; Brunetti and his wife and colleagues have the same kind of complicated lives we all live, and all through the book there was a palpable sense of the real Venice. But what I enjoyed most were the brief discussions about how great literature (in this case Henry James) explores and expresses the essential concerns of humanity such as honour and familial love. Great crime, absorbing characterisation and narrative, and a dash of intellectual stimulation. Yay. ( )
  Deborahrs | Apr 15, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Donna Leonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brzezińska, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desmond, William-OlivierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franci-Ekeler, ElsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuente, Ana María de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hōjō, MotokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it. But when the girl is found dead, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly becomes Brunetti's case, no longer Paola's student. Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat, and when she in turn is found dead, the case seems to have be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore.
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When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it. But when the girl is found dead, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo suddenly becomes Brunetti's case, no longer Paola's student. Claudia seems to have no discernible living family - her only familial relationship is with an elderly Austrian woman, who was the lover of her grandfather, but was not herself Claudia's grandmother. Brunetti is both intrigued and stunned by the extraordinary art collection the old woman keeps in her small, unprepossessing flat, and when she in turn is found dead, the case seems to have be about to open up long buried secrets of collaboration and the exploitation of Italian Jews during the war, secrets few in Italy are happy to explore.… (more)

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