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On a spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant, Vianello, play hooky to help Vianello's friend Marco Ripetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced with the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, who has made violent threats against Ripetti. Brunetti's curiousity is peaked, and he finds himself drawn to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? When the body of De Cal's bookish night watchman is found in front of a blazing furnace, he wonders: Could the old man have killed him?
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2006 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

"It is so enjoyable roaming Venice with [Brunetti] - mulling things over, coming up against dead ends - that the outcome is a genuine surprise. Further, you'll want to catch the first plane over there." (The Washington Post)

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Another terrific book by Donna Leon.

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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.

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and then?

loved the characters, the setting, the writing. maybe i've read too many of the longer crime novels... we follow the story as the perpetrator is discovered/revealed... and that's the end! i always enjoy the "thrill of the chase"... this book ends with no chase, just the knowledge of who did it.
Guess that means i didn't want it to end? :D

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Not Your Typical Guido Mystery

Has Through a Glass, Darkly turned you off from other books in this genre?

Having ready all other Brunelli books up to this one I found Through a Glass, Darkly less appealing. It was not your typical who done it. The story took too long to develop IMO.

Could you see Through a Glass, Darkly being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Not every story can hit the bull's eye. It was satisfying in the end. I look forward to hearing the next in the Brunelli series.

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too much information!

Like so many good series, the Brunetti books have gone from good stories to too much information. Not info about the crime or follow-up, but too much about our hero. Exactly what he eats and where? I blame word-processing and not enough plot.

Also I found the Italian accent the reader used, to be unecessary and a bit silly.

Who would like this book more than I did? An Italian cook or cook-wanna-be.

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Love Donna Leon, did not like the way it was read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes. The book is great

How could the performance have been better?

I did not like the Italian accent in English as the original is in Italian. However, Italian words and titles should have been pronounced properly, i.e. ispectore and vice questore

Was Through a Glass, Darkly worth the listening time?

yes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful