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    • Unto Us a Son Is Given

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Count Falier urges his Venetian son-in-law Guido Brunetti to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under arcane Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. Then Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and his good friend Berta Dodson, just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Reason to Revel in Donna Leon’s Creativity

    • By ALN on 03-22-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Death in a Strange Country

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Early one morning Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Police confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti the motive of robbery seems altogether too convenient.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not a Gudio Brunetti Favourite

    • By Frogbaby on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a Venice bridge at midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is rarely straightforward.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of her best

    • By Barbara on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Dressed for Death

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 361
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 359

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm hooked!

    • By Robert E. Orlando on 08-14-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Quietly in Their Sleep

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Commissario Guido Brunetti comes to the aid of a young nursing sister who has had five patients unexpectedly die and decides to leave her convent. In the course of his inquiries, Brunetti encounters an unusual cast of characters but discovers nothing that seems criminal. Is the nun simply creating a smoke screen to justify abandoning her vocation? Or has she stumbled onto something very real and very sinister - something that places her own life in imminent danger? 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator makes this book!

    • By Kindle Gladzor Gospels Mark twai tt the dx7jp9p. on 10-30-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Acqua Alta

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another wonderful reading!

    • By Grete on 08-16-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Friends in High Places

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235

    In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of her best...

    • By Diana Burton on 02-20-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • A Noble Radiance

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzoni's, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young man's disappearance and murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best Brunetti mysteries

    • By Grete on 08-20-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Earthly Remains

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 311

    A good man who loves his family and his city, Commissario Guido Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...

    • By Gillian on 01-31-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Sea of Troubles

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 221

    On a beautiful spring morning on the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, a small fishing boat moored at the docks suddenly explodes. When it becomes clear that the fire was deliberately set and the boat’s owners brutally murdered, Commissario Brunetti tries to dig up information from Pellestrina’s close-knit - and closemouthed - citizenry. But it is with mixed feelings that he accepts Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there and search for clues.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Mystery

    • By Jocelyn on 11-29-11

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Death and Judgment

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 355
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Escape to Northern Italy if you dare...

    • By Anne on 01-29-10

    Regular price: $15.36

    • Fatal Remedies

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Stephanie on 04-30-12

    Regular price: $15.36

    • A Question of Belief

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    Commissario Guido Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. As he plans a trip to the mountains with his family, he learns that cases at the local court - hardly known as a model of efficiency - are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sometimes a bit protracted - finally staggering

    • By Jennifer on 05-22-11

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Waters of Eternal Youth

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364

    Fifteen years ago a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, surviving only thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn't remember a thing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Leon & Colacci - Perfect

    • By Chris on 04-25-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Doctored Evidence

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    Against the atmospheric backdrop of the city of Venice, Brunetti finds himself fighting a lone battle to prove the innocence of a Romanian housekeeper accused of brutally murdering her miserly employer. With the odds stacked against her from the onset of the investigation when she fled from police, her guilt seems a fait accompli...until a neighbor comes forward to protest the innocence of the accused.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another wonderful Leon.

    • By Susan on 03-03-08

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Through a Glass, Darkly

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another terrific book by Donna Leon.

    • By Dyer on 12-04-11

    Regular price: $22.37

    • Uniform Justice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    When Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a presumed suicide in Venice's elite military academy, his inquiries are immediately met with a wall of silence. The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. Dr. Moro seems devastated by his son's death, but is not eager to talk to the police.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not one of my favorite Brunetti stories

    • By Pamela on 10-03-13

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Willful Behavior

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pronunciation

    • By Lawrence Hicks on 11-06-11

    Regular price: $15.36

    • About Face

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    The polluted waters of the canals in Venice are an ever-present issue; but environmental concerns become significant in Commissario Guido Brunetti's work when an investigator from the Carabiniere - looking into the illegal hauling of garbage - asks for a favor. But the investigator is not the only one with a special request.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good but take note

    • By Tom on 12-22-09

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Jewels of Paradise

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 99

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A "mystery" of a different sort, . .

    • By Ruth on 10-14-12

    Regular price: $18.17

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