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In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. With his open mind and good sense, Brunetti finds himself more fazed by Flavia's breathtaking talent than by the nontraditional relationship between the two women. Brunetti's deliberate and humane investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery, and base human desires.

©1996 Donna Leon and 1997 by Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Another wonderful reading!

This is an earlier Brunetti mystery and I found I missed a stronger presence of his family: the colourful and often justly angry political observations of Paula, as well as stronger roles for Chiara and Raffi, who give us such a tender side of Brunetti. The picture of Venice, that other main character in the Brunetti mysteries, drowning and decaying under high water is one I haven't encountered before. There was much information about art and antiquities theft. The scale of the theft worldwide is indeed disturbing. The ending seemed more just than Donna Leon usually allows. Definitely another good listen in the Brunetti stories with that cozy, flawless narration by Calacci.

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Great series

I love listening to these books. And I wonder why it's taken me so long to discover Donna Leon's fabulous work.

This wasn't my favorite but Guido is still fantastic. I love his interaction with Paula and Chiara. Thank goodness I have a long way to go with this series.

The narration is first-rate.

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My Favorite Series

Each time I say, this one is my favorite! Guido has me reading the classics!

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Awful

Terrible writing and boring story No character development of any depth. Hard to relate to key player. Sexist language despite lesbian couple Everyone is idealized.

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