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By its cover by Donna Leon
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By its cover (edition 2014)

by Donna Leon

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Title:By its cover
Authors:Donna Leon
Info:New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
Collections:Read, not owned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Italy, mystery, police procedural

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One of the better entries in this series. Someone is stealing rare books and slicing illustrations from others in the Merula library. Suspect turns out not to be who he claims to be in spite of impeccable identification--an American professor doing research. Then follows the murder of another long-time patron--a man who sits in the library all day reading Church Fathers.

Good mystery with some facts about rare books and their market. As a retired librarian, I had to read this one. Recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Dec 7, 2017 |
An especially depressing Comissario Guido Brunetti mystery, mostly because the real criminals get away with it. Otherwise, like all the others, but nonetheless enjoyable. ( )
  themulhern | Sep 8, 2016 |
Very slow! Book is a series of conversations. The trouble is every conversation is a slow process where every question is followed descriptions of people picking up there coffee cups, looking out the window, leaning backward/forward in their chair, making long pauses before answering the question. ( )
  bmilla48 | Apr 25, 2016 |
How horrifying to any reader to read of the defacement and theft of rare books even if it is only fiction. This mystery relates how a special library has discovered that numerous rare books are missing or have had pages cut out. As Guido Brunetti, a classical reader, endeavors to find the culprit, he uncovers a former priest at the center of the trouble.

Commissario Guido Brunetti continues to enchant this reader, not just with the Venetian flavor of his endeavors against wrong, but his personality which warmly embodies the Venetian culture. ( )
  cyderry | Mar 14, 2016 |
On the 2016 Reading Challenge is a book set in Europe.
Synopsis: Commissario Guido Brunetti, working from his office in Venice, is called to the scene of a very unusual theft. A local library has had illustrations cut from very old books, rendering them nearly worthless. Further, upon checking the library finds that some other rare books have been stolen. Before Brunetti can find a patron who might have witnessed the thefts, this reader is murdered in a particularly violent manor. As these crimes unfold, the reader learns that not only can the covers of books be misleading, but so can the facades presented by people.
Review: Leon presents us with her normal complicated, thoughtful story. She also raises some philosophical questions: 'should we make more effort to forgive people or to understand them' and 'is a book only text or the sum or all of its parts; is it less of a book when non-critical parts are missing'. The mysteries in this tale are as interesting as the philosophical questions. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 27, 2016 |
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“Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon . . . . One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.” —The Washington Post

Donna Leon’s critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series has attracted readers the world over with the beauty of its setting, the humanity of its characters, and its fearlessness in exploring politics, morality, and contemporary Italian culture. In the pages of Leon’s novels, the beloved conversations of the Brunetti family have drawn on topics of art and literature, but books are at the heart of this novel in a way they never have been before.

One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem—the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn’t exist.

As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent three years at the library reading the Fathers of the Church, turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.

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One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem--the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist. As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.… (more)

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