Death at LA Fenice

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Death at LA Fenice

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Paperback, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995, ISBN # 0061043370
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Paperback, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995, ISBN # 0061043370
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When a world famous condu

When a world famous conductor is discovered dead between acts at the La Fenice in Venice, Police Comissario (Chief Inspector) Guido Brunetti is called in to investigate. Discovering that the victim was poisoned by cyanide, Brunetti has several suspects. His interrogations take him throughout the city navigating not only through the canals and picturesque sights of Venice but also the dark side of his victim's past. Guido Brunetti is a well-developed character with considerable aptitude in his profession shown by wry observations and discerning opinions. His family life should be mundane, but appears delightful and fulfilling as well as humorous (while playing Monopoly the Commissario's wife is shown as a compulsive thief). This charming Italian Policeman unemotionally separates the complex tangles entwined in this squalid tale by using his abilities to read body language, long silences along with other psychological tools, and carefully devises an amazing and fulfilling solution.

Commissario Guido Brunett

Commissario Guido Brunetti makes his debut in this wonderful mystery set in Venice. World-renowned Maestro Helmut Wellauer is taken suddenly ill after the second act of La Traviata - or so management would have the audience believe. But it's clear to the doctor who volunteers her assistance that the Maestro is beyond help. In fact, he's quite dead when she arrives at his dressing room. It quickly becomes clear to Brunetti that there are several possible suspects, and that the victim, while a musical genius, had a very dark history. I was quickly caught up in the plot, and was kept guessing to the end. I also enjoyed the depth of character, and especially the relationship between Brunetti and his lovely wife Paola. This has been on my TBR for a long time and I don't know what I was waiting for. So glad I finally got to it; I'll definitely keep reading this series.

I have been interested in

I have been interested in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series for a while. When I stumbled upon the first in the series I decided it was time to read and see if I would like it. I did and I do.Brunetti is a clam man and one who wants to know as much as possible about the victim and their life. When a famous opera conductor dies in his room during the intermission of "La Traviata", it is Brunetti who is to solve the case. Cyanide is the poison, administered in his coffee. Why was such a famous, successful and loved man murdered? Who could do this and why?Brunetti sets out to find out the answers to these question and what he finds is much more and maybe not so nice. Ex-wives, performers, family members and others all have their stories about him. The picture that starts coming into focus has so many perspectives and suggestions to a number of possible suspects, but it is hard to tie these bits into one coherent picture. Bit by bit things click, as Brunetti slowly unearths the secrets behind this great man.I plan on reading more from this series. It is set in Venice; a moody and secretive place in Italy. It adds to the mystery.

It's such a treat to disc

It's such a treat to discover new-to-me authors who have lots of sequels under their belts. I finally gave Donna Leon and try, and it's rewarding to see there are nineteen (count 'em, 19!) sequels to date. This series centers on Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police. He's happily married and a father, doesn't have many personal quirks, and is simply a hardworking and smart cop who concentrates on following up on details. This isn't a thriller, which is how I'd describe David Hewson's detective stories set in Rome (the Nic Costa series, of which I'm a huge fan) - it's a straight-forward mystery, fairly low-key and told with some humor (for instance, Guido frequently makes, and wins, bets with himself about what his idiot of a boss will say next). Relaxing and well-told, and with a satisfying conclusion. Aaaahhh.......

Someone in my reading gro

Someone in my reading group recommended this book as she felt that it was not only a good mystery but the author really took advantage of Venice as a backdrop. I have to say that I disagree on both accounts...the mystery was not earthscattering, in fact, I originally started "Death at La Fenice" at the end of December and just finished last night. If you are interested in becoming immersed in the city of Venice while you read then pick up John Berendt's "City of Falling Angels" instead. Nevertheless, I did enjoy Leon's main character, Venetian commissario Guido Brunelli and his process of solving the murder. The highlight of the novel is the scene when Brunelli treats journalist Padovani to lunch at Signora Antonia's restaurant where there's a menu, and specials but the owner totally dictates what the patrons order.
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