Search Results: "Donna Leon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN EGG by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 2013

"The clues that link the dead man to the wealthy Lembo family won't surprise readers familiar with the pervasive corruption Leon's unearthed in Venice past and present (The Jewels of Paradise, 2012). But they'll savor the pleasures of dialogue as elliptical in its way as Henry James and a retrospective shock when they finally appreciate the import of the tale's unobtrusive opening scene and its sly title."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, the second-sharpest member of the Venetian Questura, investigates the death of a man who barely had a life to begin with. Read full book review >

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ACQUA ALTA by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sadly, there's not enough doubt to make much ado over, leaving Brunetti's fifth (Death and Judgment, 1995, etc.) the most routine of a generally fine Venetian series."
Just back from an archeological expedition to China's Xi'an dig, Brett Lynch is relaxing in the apartment of her lover, La Scala diva Flavia Petrelli, when two men knock at the door, matter-of-factly beat her, and warn her not to keep her appointment with Dottore Semenzato, director of the Palazzo Ducale, until recently the Venetian home of Brett's Xi'an finds. Read full book review >

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THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH  by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"The biggest mystery is how the reader can figure out what happened so quickly, yet it takes the commissario di polizia the whole book to catch on. Still, the pleasures of spending time with Brunetti and the gang have never been greater."
Venice might be sinking into the sea, but as long as Commissario Guido Brunetti is around, there will be someone to make sure the city doesn't become a total swamp of cynicism and corruption. Read full book review >

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MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"By no means a model of plot construction, but as heartfelt and moving as Brunetti's best."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, of the Venetian Questura, pursues a pair of very different cases to equally inconclusive ends. Read full book review >

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DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"As languid in its movement as a gondola ride. Yet none of Brunetti's earlier cases (About Face, 2009, etc.) is as remorselessly clear in connecting the delicately comic anti-authoritarian gestures Brunetti winks at to the miasma of corruption that hangs over his beloved Venice."
Perhaps the quietest of all Commissario Guido Brunetti's cases concerns a murder that may not even be a murder. Read full book review >

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BLOOD FROM A STONE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Leon's most adroit balance of teasing mystery, Brunetti's droll battles with his co-workers and higher-ups, and intimations of something far deeper and darker behind the curtain."
Commissario Guido Brunetti's 14th case (Doctored Evidence, 2004, etc.) may be his best yet—not that he'd see it that way himself. Read full book review >

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EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Perhaps the most minimal of all Leon's mysteries, with no suspects to speak of and few details of the Commissario's domestic life or his eternal professional tussles at the Questura. Think of this barely-a-case as a vacation for your own soul."
Commissario Guido Brunetti, taking two weeks away from the Venetian Questura for complete rest and solitude, gets both more and less solitude than he bargained for and about the same amount of rest as when he's home. Read full book review >

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BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Brunetti (The Golden Egg, 2013, etc.) spends less time with both his charming family and his highly variable colleagues than usual; and with the exception of Franchini, the characters remain distantly evoked rather than vividly present. This one really is for readers who love books."
A rare-book thief is the target in Commissario Guido Brunetti's 23rd case. Read full book review >

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DEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Deftly plotted and smoothly written in the Ngaio Marsh cultural mode, but recommended even for readers who, like Brett Lynch, don't care for Verdi."
Cyanide poisoning during the second-act intermission of La Traviata leaves the eminent conductor Helmut Wellauer dead, survived by a constellation of suspects from prima Flavia Petrelli (whose lesbian liaison with a wealthy American archeologist, Brett Lynch, Wellauer was threatening to expose) to director Franco Santore (furious over Wellauer's refusal to honor a bargain to find a job for Santore's protege)—and including of course Wellauer's suddenly wealthy, and much younger, widow Elizabeth. Read full book review >

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BEASTLY THINGS by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 2012

"Brunetti, who airily tells his wife Paola, 'I don't do ethical,' spends less time than usual (Drawing Conclusions, 2011, etc.) butting heads with his nemesis, Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta. But his conspiratorial dealings with his omni-competent assistant Signora Elettra and his suave attempts at acting dumb while he's questioning his few suspects are equally rewarding."
The death of an inoffensive veterinarian takes Commissario Guido Brunetti once more into the heart of the human beast. Read full book review >

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SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN by Donna Leon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"Not a single murder, but the story would be strong enough without one even without a climactic assault whose only casualty is the characters' moral certitudes."
A baby-snatching leads Commissario Guido Brunetti not to the usual institutional corruption (Through a Glass Darkly, 2006, etc.) but to a more intimate kind of evil. Read full book review >