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Summary

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 ...

©2002 Donna Leon (P)2012 Random House AudioGO

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Predictable good fun by Leon

Would you listen to Wilful Behaviour again? Why?

Maybe, depends when. A trick is clever really only once. In particular when it comes to crime novels.

What other book might you compare Wilful Behaviour to, and why?

The other Commissario Brunetti novels are somewhat similar, but rather entertaining. Predictable good fun!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Signorina Elettra's moments on the computer are always fun.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not really

Any additional comments?

Great narrator, unfortunately a certain grasp of Italian might have been useful. 'Tshiara' was particularly painful.

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Good story, poor performance

I like the Brunetti series because I love Venice and I like to read about the city. This is a good story, looking back to corruption in WW2. Unfortunately, the performer doesn’t have good Italian pronunciation; Guido’s daughter Chiara Is mispronounced “Chee-Ara” instead of “Kee-ara” and San Zaccaria, a well known area, is also mispronounced, among many others.

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Food, books and the joy family, oh yes fascinating crime

Really well read, Donna Leon never fails to craft spell binding story but the food and family are a great supporting cast off to download next one

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Story superb, unfortunately the reader cannot pronounce Italian names

It's a pity that the pronunciation - e.g. Chiara within English "ch" - distracts from the excellent writing

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Poor narrator

Horrible voice. Horrible attempt to do female characters and makes most men sound like thugs! Spoils it. Bring back David Rintoul!

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Murdered student's connection to 1940s Venice

Would you consider the audio edition of Wilful Behaviour to be better than the print version?

I would not compare the audio edition to a print one.

What other book might you compare Wilful Behaviour to and why?

I would compare it to other Donna Leon books that I have read or listened to. It does not disappoint and, as in her other Brunetti books, Leon manages to place the crime against a background that is far from the Venice that the tourist perceives - in this case a 1940s war criminal . Whatever the serious and unsavoury issues involved, Leon always allows her readers to follow Brunetti's musings through the calles and campos of the sestieri and end with the perfect meal cooked by his wife.

The narrator is excellent.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Brunetti and the amazing Elletra .

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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