Death at La Fenice

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Leon, Donna

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Death at La Fenice
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.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Dark Alley; Harper, 2004
Edition: 1st Dark Alley ed
ISBN: 9780060740689
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEON
Characteristics: 270 p. ;,21 cm


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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 09, 2011
  • baylife rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As always the casual acceptance of endemic corruption serves as a background to the frustrations of the hero of the story. Another crime to solve for the charming Brunetti with all the fascinating political, geographical, family and cultural insights into modern day Italian life (and more specifically Venetian life) that Donna Leon weaves into her narratives

Aug 26, 2010
  • Gazebo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very enjoyable read - she creates an interesting character in Brunetti and her descriptions of Venice are excellent.

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.

Dec 09, 2009
  • lisangus rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love this series -- this is the first of them, which I hadn't read before. I think her touch got much beter in the later books.


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