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.
©1992 Donna Leon (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I've read all of the books about Inspector Brunetti and loved every one. The stories are excellent but for me, it's the atmosphere and setting of them that wins hands down. I love the way that the author describes the food and the care with which it' s produced and the beauty and fascination of the city of Venice.
The other heartening thing is the solid, loving relationship between Brunetti and his wife and their children, such a contrast with the tortured relationships in so many crime books today.
Roll on the next book and perhaps a television adaptation?
My wife recommended Donna Leon to me and I was soon hooked. She joins other other authors writing great stories about the Italian police in action. The backdrop of Venice with its mixed of locals and international characters fleshes out the pictures painted in the story. The main characters are all 'fleshed out' well along with their families too. Richard Moran is easy to listen too.
This was really multi layered and the characters had surprising depth to them. The book was more about the people then the plot. I have tried to read the book before and given up at about chapter two but I was a captive audience in my car on a long journey and I am really glad I persevered past the first couple of chapters.
Feeling part of everyday life in Venice
Descriptions of travel in Venice
No, wanted it to last
Made me want to read more of these books
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