Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate. But he can't shake the feeling that perhaps the woman was threatened.
Conversations with the woman’s son, her upstairs neighbor, and the nun in charge of the old-age home where she volunteered do little to satisfy Brunetti’s nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2011 AudioGO (P)2011 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich
a somewhat disappointing entry into this excellent series. Well-narrated as ever by David Colacci, and filled with the familiar characters and local color, I found that the plot didn't gel on this one. A retired teacher is found dead in her apartment and in the course of the investigation it is revealed that she worked with two service agencies: a home for the elderly and a group which provides abused women refuge and a new start. Although interesting dirt is discovered in both camps, the mystery tailed off without real resolution and leaving a number of loose ends. Brunetti seems a bit tired.
This is my first Donna Leon book and I will definitely read or listen to more of her works. The story is complex and most of the characters are finely drawn. Leon has a lot of insight into the human character and what drives us. David Colacci is the perfect narrator for this work.
Almost 8 hours of it and still no plot. At least 2 hours were filled with "He said", 'She said".
Yes I would listen again. Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors. She has perfect pitch on Venice and her prose is impeccable.
The excellent conclusion.
He is a pro. I've listened to amateur volunteers elsewhere, so hearing his intelligent approach was a relief and a pleasure.
The old man, of course.
I love Donna Leon.
Great Characters Storyline
Donna Leone keeps you interested as you follow Guido Brunetti's methodical approach to solving the crime - you always want to know what he will do next and how he will do it to accomodate the Italian cultural nuances!
no first time i have heard him
Donna Leone never misses a beat, and David Colacci pulls off a realistic Italian accent - once or twice he came a bit short but overall performance was good and in line with the characters and storyline
This is absolutely my favorite mystery series and David Colacci is a wonderful narrator who captures the essence of my beloved Commissario Brunetti.
In this installment, he is not satisfied with the result from the medical inspector and continues the investigation on his own. The plot itself is pure Brunetti and nothing startling arises from any of the colorful series characters. I often wish I were an American version of Signorina Elettra with her style, charm and ability to get things done.
What I especially enjoyed about this book is a bit more intimate view of the Brunetti family. We always get a glimpse of his beautiful, rich and decidedly down-to-earth wife and two articulate and well-spoken teenage children, but this time I was tremendously drawn to the whole family. I would love to sit down to one of the family dinners dinners and just listen to their humorous, thoughtful banter.
Perhaps I like this series because I love Venice and its embrace of the past. But the stories and the characters keep me coming back.
I've listened to every book Donna Leon has written with David Colacci as the narrator. Ms. Leon is a wonderful writer, and she keeps the stories interesting throughout the series. The characters have depth and breadth, and Venice itself seems like a character in the story. I've tried listening to some of the books in this series read by narrators other than David Colacci, but none of them measure up to his skill. I haven't made it more that about 10 minutes with any of them. My only complaint about any of the books in this series is that I wish they were all read by Mr. Colacci.
As always, she does not disappoint. Leon knows how to captivate and draw you in. The characters are like old neighbors and family, the scenes are like postcards on your fridge.
Can't wait for the next installment of Commissario Brunetti's most interesting adventures.
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