As Brunetti delves into the case, he begins to uncover a story of infertility, desperation, and illegal dealings. Then his colleague, Inspector Vianello, discovers a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. Medical records are missing and it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money. What secrets are in the records? And what has been done with them?
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2007 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
"Donna Leon is the ideal author for people who vaguely long for 'a good mystery,' meaning a strong story with discreet violence, a wise detective who doesn't drink or brood too much, and a setting that's worth the visit. That Leon is also a brilliant writer should only add to the consistently comforting appeal of her Venetian procedurals featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, an immensely likable police detective who takes every murder to heart." (The New York Times)
I have tried to "read" this series of books in sort of chronological order but have discovered it doesn't matter too much. The plot lines are stellar, the reader SO convincing, and the humanity of the characters encouraging and uplifting -- and in this book, like the others, the "bad guy" is not the cutout black and white character of so many detective novels. Once again, humanity abounds. Bravo, Donna Leon.
Besides being in love with Commissario Brunetti which makes me look forward to every book and enjoy them, especially this one with this theme, I must emphasize that the narrator David Colacci must be credited with contributing tremendously to the enjoyment of listening to this intriguing and touching story. Colacci is a treasure as a narrator, one of the few who understands that a reader is conveying the author's creation, not acting on a stage! He also has a good, rich voice with no irritating edges to it. That said, I have loved every Donna Leon book I have both read and listened to. Thanks for providing the new ones as they are published.
I'm not a big Donna Leon fan so 4 stars is about as good as it gets. The plot is interesting, with a rather unexpected ending to the story (at least it was for me). The narrator chooses to have all Italians speaking a heavily accented English, might be a good idea to listen to the excerpt prior to buying.
Always enjoy the series. I was particularly touched by this story. Ah to be in Venice.
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