Guido Brunetti

41 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,528 ratings

Death at La Fenice Publisher's Summary

The twisted maze of Venice's canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the celebrated opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death. But nothing so horrific and violent as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer - poisoned during a performance of La Traviata. Even Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti, used to the labyrinthine corruptions of the city, is shocked at the number of enemies Wellauer has made on his way to the top - but just how many have motive enough for murder? The beauty of Venice is crumbling. But evil is one thing that will never erode with age.

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  • Book 1

    • Death at La Fenice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Richard Morant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The twisted maze of Venice's canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the celebrated opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death. But nothing so horrific and violent as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer - poisoned during a performance of La Traviata.

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Dressed for Death

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 446
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 341

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    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

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  • Book 5

    • Acqua Alta

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

  • Book 6

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Leon, Colacci, Chief Inspector Brunatti, Venice...

    • By D E Cooney on 09-10-18

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  • Book 7

    • A Noble Radiance

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

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  • Book 8

    • Fatal Remedies

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    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

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  • Book 9

    • 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 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    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

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  • Book 10

    • A Sea of Troubles

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

    The murder of two clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, draws Commissario Brunetti into the island's close-knit community, bound together by a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders worthy of the Mafia. When the Vice-Questore's secretary Signorina Elettra volunteers to visit the island, where she has relatives, Brunetti finds himself torn between his duty to solve the murders, concerns for Elettra's safety, and his not entirely straightforward feelings for her....

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    • 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 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 212

    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

  • Book 11

    • Wilful Behaviour

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    When one of his wife Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a crime committed by her grandfather many years ago, Commissario Brunetti thinks little of it, beyond being intrigued and attracted by the girl's intelligence and moral seriousness. But when she is found murdered, clearly stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is suddenly no longer simply Paola's student, but Brunetti's case ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice

    • By mary on 08-13-12

    Regular price: $21.42

    • Willful Behavior

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    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

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  • Book 12

    • Uniform Justice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    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

    • Uniform Justice

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Neither Commissario Brunetti nor his wife Paolo have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, a presumed suicide, in Venice's elite military academy, Brunetti's emotions are complex: pity and sorrow for the death of a boy, close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy's teachers and fellow-students.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the storyline petered out

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-17

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 13

    • Doctored Evidence

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    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

    • Doctored Evidence

    • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    When a wealthy Venetian woman is found brutally murdered, the prime suspect is her Romanian maid, who has fled the city. As she attempts to leave the country, carrying a considerable sum of money and forged papers, the maid runs into the path of an oncoming train and is killed. Case closed. But when the old woman's neighbour returns from abroad, it transpires that the maid could not have been the killer. Commissario Brunetti decides - unofficially - to take on the case himself.

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  • Book 14

    • Blood from a Stone

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    On a cold Venetian night, shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares: fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti's response is that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • genre surprise

    • By connie on 12-11-09

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    • Blood From a Stone

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the tourists who had been browsing the man's wares before his death - fake handbags of every designer label. Officially termed a venditore ambulante or extracomunitario, the dead man was working as a vu cumpra, one of the many Black Africans purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Arriving on the scene, Commissario Brunetti's response matches that of everybody involved: why would anyone kill a vu cumpra?

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  • Book 15

    • Through a Glass, Darkly

    • By: Donna Leon
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    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

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