Commissario Guido Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? And will Brunetti be able to prove his family's innocence before it's too late?
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This is not one of my absolute favorites in the series but Leon is always good .
Colacci makes Guido come Alice. I love his reading and even if the story may not be as good he makes it better..
A great read or listen for Leon Fans. As with all Leon books it is just as good the fifth time as the first time you read it. I love to listen to an audio recording of one of Leon's books as I read it. Colacci's recital puts life into Leon's story and helps me with the pronunciation on the many italian phrases throughtout her Brunetti mysteries.
I was glad that Paula put action to her vehement protest of travel aimed especially toward pedophile's so that they may take advantage of children in other counties.
Paula's description of the person who broke the travel agency window, to the police officers, was very much the Paula I've come to know through Leon's books.
I really enjoy all of Donna Leone's Commisario Brunetti stories, and the narration by David Colacci is perfect! I can visualize the story and feel as though i am in Venice! Highly recommend
I really enjoy this series and this book was an excellent example - Guido is so well-characterized. You understand his dilemmas and sympathize. Paola is such a firebrand and Guido attempts to remain true to his policeman ethic.
David Colacci is perfect as the voice of Guido Brunetti. I've been working my way through the series and he is so much better than Crossley.
The story isn't bad, the narrator is as usual very good but Ms Leon's writing style seems to be slipping. I hope this is temporary. She wastes far too much time in this book on plodding narrative that details every gesture, action, situation in slow motion. The overall effect, for me at least, was boredom. I found myself skipping some passages to get on with the story.
No. The telling of it got in the way.
The scenes with Signorina Ellettra are always fun.
The loving, mature relationship between Brunetti and Paola.
I continue to enjoy the Brunetti novels and hope that Ms Leon will keep us awake with her next novel.
I just started reading this series and so far have enjoyed the author, narrator and characters very much. This entry in the series just aggravated me from the very start - enough so that I am writing this review as a warning to others. When it finally moved from the incredulously ridiculous "crimes" of the lead character's wife, a supposedly mature, educated, responsible, sane, mother of two, who is also a college professor married to a Commissario of police and then to an actual "crime" (murder) it improved, but not fast enough to rescue it. While I may be 100% in sympathy with her stand on the issue that spurs on her bizarre behavior, I cannot condone it. This was so off putting that I almost didn't finish the book. I guess you can't "hit them all out of the park" so this particular entry should be thrown out of a window and into a trash can, preferably an open window, so as not to cause any glass breakage.
This starts out with the lead character's wife on a moral quest, trying to make a vague point about a serious situation. After being apprehended and reprieved the first time and with a few days' time to mull over the actual consequences of her actions, she decides to leave her children alone, asleep, late at night, and go off to commit the same crime AGAIN. No sympathy or respect for a any woman who would do that. Sorry - the author lost me here.
There is a murder in there eventually but, wait for it, SHE feels responsible for that too.
A man may not find this as insulting and offensive as I did but wait, she insults men too. How lame to hear her complain to her "sane" husband that only a woman can react this way to this social issue and understand how she feels. Really? How arrogant for her to put that in print. What...only a woman can experience deeply felt emotions and use it as a good excuse for bad behavior.
I hope she gets over herself and returns to her "normal" behavior in the next book. Or I'll write another bad review and won't buy anymore in this series.
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