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Death at La Fenice

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Leon, Donna (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Death at La Fenice
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When renowned opera conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, the victim of cyanide poisoning, Guido Brunetti, the Vice Commissario of the Venice police, must sift through several suspects.
Authors: Leon, Donna
Title: Death at La Fenice
a Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery
Publisher: New York : Perennial Dark Alley; Harper, 2004
Edition: 1st Dark Alley ed
Characteristics: 270 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Leon
Notes: The hardcover edition of this book was published in 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers, and a paperback edition in 1995 by HarperTorch
Summary: When renowned opera conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room, the victim of cyanide poisoning, Guido Brunetti, the Vice Commissario of the Venice police, must sift through several suspects.
ISBN: 9780060740689
006074068X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEON
Subject Headings: Brunetti, Guido (Fictitious character) Fiction Police Italy Venice Fiction Opera Fiction Venice (Italy) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Brunetti, Guido (Fictitious character)
Police
Opera
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Italy: Brunetti roams the streets of Venice, solving crime and deploring the state of his crumbling city.


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Oct 05, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was actually able to predict the outcome of this story well before the end. However, the sordid reason behind the tale was a surprise. This series was recommended to me and has quite the following. Although I liked the story, I found it a little light and not terribly engrossing. However, I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series, which I understand improves as it goes on.

Aug 17, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I've read several from the middle of this wonderful series, and decided to go back to the beginning, which is this one. Interestingly, Leon has already developed a back story for Brunetti, his family, in-laws, co-workers and dreadful boss, right at the beginning. Brunetti's character is there, too, especially his cynicism about the endemic corruption in his beloved city. So too is his love for the opera of La Fenice, an institution for the locals, not the tourists. When the opera house burns down at intermission during a performance by the best conductor in the world, there are too many suspects. Sorting out too many suspects will turn out to be Brunetti's forte in many a book to come. I can't tell how I'd judge it if I hadn't read any of the others, but I already love the series. Leon will get better with Brunetti, so I give this one only 4 stars.

Aug 22, 2012
  • smworthy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not a great book, but it is the first in a large series so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read a few more. I really liked the italian/venetian references, since I'm familiar with both the language and the place.

Aug 13, 2012
  • shannon40 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This first novel in the Guido Brunetti series shows that Donna Leon had a good grasp of her characters and setting right from the beginning.

Aug 08, 2010
  • pokano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you read only one Guido Brunetti mystery, this should be the one. Donna Leon's best.

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