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Start by marking “A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, #19)” as Want to Read:​ Donna Leon (born September 29, , in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.
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Date of Birth: February 28, Place of Birth: Montclair, New Jersey.

Education: B. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Acqua Alta Guido Brunetti Series 5. In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter View Product. Blood from a Stone Guido Brunetti Series Commissario Guido Brunetti's fourteenth case may be his best yet. The closest witnesses to the Brunetti's Cookbook. Multicourse lunches at home with Paola and the children, snacks grabbed at a bar with a glass of wine or Early one morning Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal.

All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the Doctored Evidence Guido Brunetti Series When the body of an wealthy elderly woman is found, brutally murdered in her Venetian When the body of an wealthy elderly woman is found, brutally murdered in her Venetian flat, the police suspect her maid, who has disappeared. As the runaway maid's train is leaving Italy for Romania, she is approached by the border Leon has written, as of , nineteen books in this series.

It is my intention to read every one of those nineteen titles. At this point I have now read six of them. Only thirteen left. So, what is it about these stories that I find so appealing, you might ask? I have given this some thought and what follows is my conclusions about why I find these stories so appealing.

First and foremost, the central character in all of these stories is Commissario Guido Brunetti. I find him so believable Ms. I find him so believable and so admirable as a seasoned detective navigating the byways of Venice and the many dark sides of humanity that he encounters there. Another reason I like these books as much as I do is the fact that Leon includes in each of these stories a view of Guido as a family man, which is not a common state of being in most novels in this genre.

The Brunetti family and their extended family members makes for a lighter and more charming element in these tales. The sites, sounds and smells of the city of Venice bring life and character to these novels. Leon, probably because she resides there, brings to the reader a sense of the Venetian culture and in the process makes one feel, at the conclusion of one of these books, as though you have just come back from a visit to the canal city.

In this installment, Brunetti is looking forward to spending two weeks in the mountains with his family and away from the torturous heat of the summers in Venice.

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He makes it to his destination only to be called back to the city to investigate a murder. I very much enjoy visiting with Brunetti and his cohorts every chance that I get. I was a bit disappointed with this book. There was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. There are two cases, one involving a murder and the other a fortuneteller, but I never really felt like part of the investigation.

There was a distance in the storytelling that kept me from getting I was a bit disappointed with this book.

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There was a distance in the storytelling that kept me from getting involved with the storyline, almost to the point where I had to go back and re-read sections to try to remember who was who. This has been a fantastic series so I'm hoping the next book will be better. This wasn't the Brunetti I've enjoyed so much over the years. Don't read this book in the summer.


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The descriptions of the unbeatable heat of Venice made me perspire, even in March. What can I say about Commissario Guido Brunetti that hasn't been said? If you love him, you will read any book in the series. If you don't like him - abandon the series altogether. He's a wonderful character who grows more interesting as the series progresses.

May 16, Donna Lee rated it really liked it.

So while this is an entertaining series, it is also a thoughtful one. Dec 18, Maddy rated it liked it Shelves: reads. Mar 03, Vera Vala rated it it was ok. As much as I enjoy the nice, familiar elements in Donna Leon's books such as describing Venice, the Italian way of life, Italian food and other wonderful little everyday details that Leon uses to create the unique atmosphere of her books, this time the edgy comments about Southern Italy were far too much for me.

Leon's comments have been irritating foreign people living in Southern Italy already for years, but her attitude is lately coming close from edgy to a clearly racists one. But she is generalizing in an offensive way certain parts of Italy and that really disturbed my reading experience. As I've been living in Italy for 17 years now myself, I certainly undesrtand the frustration one can feel when living in this country, but as I have been living in different parts of Italy not only in the North and seiing many different regions here , I at least understand that the truth is far more complicated than Leon tries to describe in her books.

All the people living in Southern Italy are not villains as she seems to want to make us believe even through characters like Patta and Scarpa, not to mention other, minor characters and lines coming from the mouth of Brunetti and her wife and all the other characters. There are also a lot of positive, lovely things in the south even if she never mentions one. It's a pity that Leon doesn't have a more complete and understanding point of view to whole Italy but she paints it in such a black and white colours. Because believe me, Italy is anything but black and white.

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I understand that for Leon it's easy to stick to her experiences and opinions in Veneto region, but that way she's not using all the potential that the wonderful Italy can offer both to an auther and to a reader. I would love to concentrate on the wonderful elements that Leon uses in her books, but if her attitude continues like this in the next books, I won't be reading them.

Jun 30, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: italy , mystery-crime , favorite-characters. It's always a pleasure to read a novel featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, a goodhearted man for whom all police work is a question of ethics and justice. Like most of us, however, some of the jobs he's called upon to undertake are more interesting than others. As always, the case of the moment involves politics, bureaucratic corruption, and a It's always a pleasure to read a novel featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, a goodhearted man for whom all police work is a question of ethics and justice.

As always, the case of the moment involves politics, bureaucratic corruption, and a social issue, in this case, homosexuality. As the book opens, crime on the island also appears to be on holiday, so Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello, his equally compassionate assistant, occupy themselves with nonviolent concerns, such as bribery in court cases and fraud on the part of psychic healers.

Coincidentally, a brutal murder occurs, its victim a clerk at the very court they're scrutinizing. Donna Leon is equally adept at immersing her readers in the ambience of Venice and plotting an intricate, compelling police procedural. In Belief, for some reason, her focus seems to have been diverted from Brunetti's case work to the dreadful heat of summer smothering the canals and piazzas. It's easy enough to enjoy this novel for what it is, though it's far from Leon's best.

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Jan 17, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: old-reads , mt-bookpile We open in the heat of a Venetian August - and on almost every page there's a reference to the heat, sweat, the sun, or clothing going limp or sticking to one's back. I got it: the place is unbearable in August.

Vianello Commissario Brunetti's trusty second approaches Brunetti with a problem: his aunt is spending a lot of money on something - they don't know what - and his cousin suspects it's some sort of scam. Brunetti agrees to help, and finagles some trainees into trailing the good Zia, We open in the heat of a Venetian August - and on almost every page there's a reference to the heat, sweat, the sun, or clothing going limp or sticking to one's back.

Brunetti agrees to help, and finagles some trainees into trailing the good Zia, only to learn that she's seeing a fortune teller with A History of Presumed Corruption.