Falling in Love

Falling in Love

Book - 2015
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Death at La Fenice, the first novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli -- then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses -- too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780802123534
0802123538
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEON 2015
Characteristics: 264 pages : map on lining pages ; 24 cm

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randalljay
Jun 16, 2016

Not the deepest mystery in the world but a pleasant story. The description of life as a diva is pretty credible.

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gloryb
Apr 21, 2016

A stalker is interested in an opera singer in Vienna. I think I would have enjoyed this more on a DVD as then I could hear the various strains of the music from the opera, Tosca. Usually there is some twist to Leon's stories as she solves the murder mystery, but not this one.

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rsolin
Oct 11, 2015

I have to agree with the other commenters that, while Donna Leon is a very good writer, this one just doesn't quite live up to her best. I found it hard to care about the victim, and the perpetrator's story was barely believable. But Leon will bounce back.

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h18587551
Jun 18, 2015

I also didn't like this one as much as the previous ones, not sure why. Possibly because it was more about Flavia than Brunetti.... Still a good read though.
Usually these books address one of the more burning issues of society, which this one seemed to lack. This is probably what I missed. No surprises there!

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susansocks
May 09, 2015

Written somewhat differently from the usual Brunetti story, an opera singer is stalked while in Venice to sing the role of Tosca, and it took me longer than usual to become engaged in the story.

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EmilyEm
May 08, 2015

Leon returns to characters in her first book in this series, Death at La Fenice, to create a mystery based on opera and obsession. Flavia Petrelli has returned to sing a role in Tosca and finds herself showered with yellow roses following the performance, with more roses in her dressing room and at her apartment. But, there's no acknowledgment of who is sending them. The expectations of some of her fans weighs heavy on Petrelli. Then, acquaintances start being attacked. Brunetti expects an obsessive fan, but who is it?

Were there parallels with the opera and the stalking fan? I'm not sure. This certainly had more on opera than I cared about so I'd have to say I enjoyed this less than most of her Brunetti mysteries. The funniest bit was when Brunetti and his partner chose an evening of surveillance at La Fenice over spending the evening watching 'Downton Abbey' with their families!

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jazpur
Apr 16, 2015

I always enjoy reading the Brunetti stories.The story line for this one is as good as ever but..there is something about the writing style this time that isn't quite right. I think it is to do with the family relationships and the descriptions of the food.

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