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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.

But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape — a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one.

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"A breathless beginning....The narrative's best moments involve Brunetti's wry exchanges with his colleagues and the cunningly masked, obvious solution." Publishers Weekly

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"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." Kirkus Reviews

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"A challenging mystery, a sophisticated drama, and unique glimpse of a medieval society that still flourishes." St Louis Post-Dispatch

About the Author

Donna Leon has written four previous Guido Brunetti novels, Death and Judgment, Dressed for Death, Death in a Strange Country, and Death at La Fenice, which won the Suntory Prize for the best suspense novel of 1991. She teaches English at the University of Maryland extension at a U.S. Air Force base near Venice Italy, where she has lived for over twenty years.

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Reader Will, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Reader Will)
A fun and wonderful mystery set in Venice! This is the first of many mysteries by Donna Leon set in Venice and featuring her detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, and it is as much fun to read now as when it was first published in 1992. Here, Brunetti investigates the poisoning of famous maestro Helmut Wellauer, which has occurred backstage at Venice's famous opera house, La Fenice. Universally disliked as a person but one of the great musicians of his time, Wellauer could have been the victim of any number of people: opera singers, directors, a woman he had had an affair with 50 years earlier who now lives in poverty while he is celebrated and wealthy...so many motivations. It is nice to get to know the Commissario as he searches for the murderer.
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jsomethingk, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by jsomethingk)
The details of Venice are loving and richly told, and they often steal the plot from the actual mystery. Guido Brunetti is a level-headed detective who wanders through the book seeking out suspects and interviewees in a pattern that's not always logical (and sometimes shows the hand of the author).

Not recommended for those who like the action-packed, evidence-rich CSI-influenced stories of today, but a sensible mystery with a knowing detective that makes for a good, light read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060740689
Subtitle:
A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Author:
Leon, Donna
Author:
by Donna Leon
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20040727
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 16.56 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A breathless beginning....The narrative's best moments involve Brunetti's wry exchanges with his colleagues and the cunningly masked, obvious solution." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A challenging mystery, a sophisticated drama, and unique glimpse of a medieval society that still flourishes."
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