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Death at La Fenice (1992), the first novel by American academic and crime-writer Donna Leon, is the first of the internationally best-selling Commissario Brunetti mystery series, set in Venice, Italy. The novel won the Japanese Suntory prize, [1] and its sequel is Death in a Strange Country (1993). I am a big fan of series and am glad I began with Book #1. I have already started Book #2, Death in a Strange Country. I think I have many hours of enjoyable reading ahead of me! Gebundene Ausgabe. Condition: Akzeptabel. insgesamt deutliche Gebrauchsspuren, schief gelesen, Artikel stammt aus Nichtraucherhaushalt! EN1432 Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 549. Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

Leon receiving a German literature prize, the Corine, in Munich in 2003; her crime novels have been turned into a German television series. Credit: Snapper Media

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A large part of the appeal of Leon's books lies in the fact that her principal characters are so charming, and lead such nice lives. Donna Leon has given fans of subtle, clever and literate mysteries something to cheer about. . . . A wonderful read.” –Tony Hillerman Commissario Guido Brunetti, out of a sense of guilt and at the urging of his compassionate wife, investigates the suspicious death of a disabled man, Davide Cavanella, in Leon’s intriguing 22nd Continue reading »

Donna Leon in Venice, where her crime novels are set. Credit: Gaby Gerster/Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich In this superb novel, Leon's latest in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series (A Noble Radiance, etc.), the Venetian police detective and family man is Continue reading » Rustin, Susanna. “Donna Leon: Why I became an Eco-Detective writer.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 15 Apr. 2017.From the first gallery, there came a burst of coughing; someone dropped a book, perhaps a purse; but the door to the corridor behind the orchestra pit remained dosed. Intelligent and charming Guido Brunetti, the commissioner of police in Venice (seen before in Death at La Fenice and Death in a Strange Country), continues to confront corruption in his fifth Continue reading »

There is little violent crime in Venice, a serenely beautiful floating city of mystery and magic, history and decay. But the evil that does occasionally rear its head is the jurisdiction of Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police and a genius at detection. Now all of his admirable abilities must come into play in the deadly affair of Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor who died painfully from cyanide poisoning during an intermission at La Fenice. In Italy, there is still a strong impulse to help the person in difficulty," she says. "The farther south you go, the stronger is the impulse. So if this had happened in Naples, or Palermo, there would have been screams at the driver: 'What did you do?' There would have been a competition to help me to my feet. Somebody would have asked me if I needed a glass of water. Nineteen people would have offered me their seats to lie down on." The heady atmosphere of Venice and a galaxy of fully realized characters enrich this intriguing and finally horrifying tale, the fourth featuring Guido Brunetti, the stalwart and worldly Commissioner Continue reading » Such is Brunetti's popularity that an industry has grown up around him. Visitors clutch copies of Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective. They take home Brunetti's Cookbook. A German production company has made 20 Commissario Brunetti telemovies, which Leon assures me are "pretty bad". She reconsiders. "No, they're not bad. They're very, very German."

The Sydney Morning Herald

Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Unbekannter Einband. Condition: Gut. schief gelesen, Artikel stammt aus Nichtraucherhaushalt! CN612 Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 500. 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. What a ripping first mystery, as beguiling and secretly sinister as Venice herself. Sparkling and irresistible.' Rita Mae Brown The lights dimmed, the hall grew dark, and the tension created by an ongoing performance mounted as the audience waited for the conductor to reappear on the podium. Slowly the hum of voices faded, the members of the orchestra stopped fidgeting in their seats, and the universal silence announced everyone’s readiness for the third and final act.

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