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Death at La Fenice is the 1st book in the exciting Guido Brunetti Series by Donna Leon, set in the beautiful, romantic, mysterious and unique city of Venice.The series features Commissario Guido Brunetti, family man, modest, moral, loyal and philosophical detective extraordinaire.When famed conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room between Acts 2 and 3 of the of LA TRAVIATA at the La Fenicia theatre, Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder by cyanide poisoning He immed Death at La Fenice is the 1st book in the exciting Guido Brunetti Series by Donna Leon, set in the beautiful, romantic, mysterious and unique city of Venice.The series features Commissario Guido Brunetti, family man, modest, moral, loyal and philosophical detective extraordinaire.When famed conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room between Acts 2 and 3 of the of LA TRAVIATA at the La Fenicia theatre, Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder by cyanide poisoning He immediately realizes that there s a lotabout the victim than what he s being told by the suspects.his much younger wife and soprano, Flavia Petrelli and her lesbian lover, Brett Lynch and the people in his life who have been offended by his homophobic views Brunetti also discovers Wellauer s past as a Nazi sympathizer.Narrated from Commissario Brunetti s POV, we accompany him on his investigation and we experience his thoughts and musings as he works through the clues He s forced to make choices between what the law is and what he believes is right And that s where we see the side of Brunetti that makes him such a moral person.I enjoyed the segments with Brunetti s family There s such love and warmth in their home And I loved Paola, his wife If you enjoy a well crafted and well written story with beautiful settings and unforgettable characters, then this is the series for you.I loved this segment in the bookWhere does American money come from Steel Railways You know how it is over there It doesn t matter if you murder or rob to get it The trick is in keeping it for a hundred years, and then you re aristocrats Is that so different from here Brunetti asked Of course, Padovani explained, smiling Here we have to keep it five hundred years before we re aristocrats And there s another difference In Italy, you have to be well dressed In America, it s difficult to tell which are the millionaires and which are the servants I finally, finally read this after legions of readers said Donna Leon was perfect for Louise Penny fans who were all caught up with Inspector Gamache In this first installment of the Commissario Brunetti mysteries, a renowned opera conductor is found dead in his dressing room, a victim of cyanide poisoning It s significant to the story that this is a particularly painful way to die As the investigation unfolds, it s clear the man had a dark past and many enemies, and that the perpetrator want I finally, finally read this after legions of readers said Donna Leon was perfect for Louise Penny fans who were all caught up with Inspector Gamache In this first installment of the Commissario Brunetti mysteries, a renowned opera conductor is found dead in his dressing room, a victim of cyanide poisoning It s significant to the story that this is a particularly painful way to die As the investigation unfolds, it s clear the man had a dark past and many enemies, and that the perpetrator wanted to make his victim suffer But why I was hooked on the premise and raced to the ending Maybe it was the poison, but this felt very Agatha Christie to me, but it does have enough of the personal element to land with Penny, French, and Crombie fans Heads up for fans of atmospheric novels critics call this the next best thing to being in Venice Death at La Fenice is an excellent place to begin with Donna Leon s novels, but there s no need to read this series in order Let me start by saying that I love Venice and all things Venetian I love reading anything that has to do with Venice So the fact that this book takes place in Venice gave it at least one redeeming quality I ve heard fromthan one person that Donna Leon was a good author, but after reading this book, I have serious doubts about that and I m not sure she deserves a second chance She set up a great plot and had intruiging characters, but then did nothing with them I got halfway through th Let me start by saying that I love Venice and all things Venetian I love reading anything that has to do with Venice So the fact that this book takes place in Venice gave it at least one redeeming quality I ve heard fromthan one person that Donna Leon was a good author, but after reading this book, I have serious doubts about that and I m not sure she deserves a second chance She set up a great plot and had intruiging characters, but then did nothing with them I got halfway through the book when the detective expresses his frustration at feeling as though he knew nothingabout what had happened, and I felt exactly the same way as the reader I felt bored Reading a mystery I m not sure that should ever happen I also wonder if the woman has an editor There were pages upon pages that I would have cut, things that did nothing for the story, nothing for the plot, nothing for the character development And I suspected all along who dunnit But it did take place, as Guido says, in the most beautiful city in the world, and since Leon lived there, the description is quite accurate and sent me down a fun memory lane this low key and humane Venice set detective yarn surprised me not so much at the solving of the murder mystery although I was surprised , but at how it all came together in such an organic way the emphasis on family, children, little girls the importance of doing the right thing even if it is not necessarily the legal thing no spoilers here, but the end really brought things together in a way that made perfect emotional sense all of the small everyday moments, the details that aren t this low key and humane Venice set detective yarn surprised me not so much at the solving of the murder mystery although I was surprised , but at how it all came together in such an organic way the emphasis on family, children, little girls the importance of doing the right thing even if it is not necessarily the legal thing no spoilers here, but the end really brought things together in a way that made perfect emotional sense all of the small everyday moments, the details that aren t important to the case but are important to what is being said, what finally happens the whole point of the book I love a holistic novel.characterization is well done of special note are how strongly characterized the women are in particular, two central characters the physician wife of the deceased a famous and exceedingly unpleasant opera conductor and an American archaeologist who is the lesbian lover of one of the suspects.unfortunately what I wanted in the novel, my reason for even reading it, I didn t get a portrait of that haunted, melancholy atmosphere of Venice after dark, a city I fell in love with recently I realize it must feel different for a resident than for a tourist like myself all of the characters are either Venetians or long term visitors, so the emphasis on the prosaic daylight hours is understandable I guess if I want to read about the nighttime Venice of my experience and of my dreams , I should probably investigate some Venice set romances or just revisit Jan Morris excellent Venice I can t really hold the lack of dreamy atmosphere against this decidedly realistic novel ( Free Kindle ) ♭ Morte no Teatro La Fenice ♤ Morte no Teatro La Fenice o primeiro livro de uma s rie que tem como protagonista o charmoso Commissario Guido Brunetti frente das investiga es em intrigantes hist rias policiais Brunetti, funcion rio exemplar da pol cia de Veneza, tem um instinto infal vel, agilidade na ac o e gentileza no trato com vivos e mortos, caracter sticas que o tornam um concorrente altura das grandes personagens no g neroNeste livro, Brunetti investiga o caso do reputado maestro Wellauer, encontrado morto no seu camarim no Teatro La Fenice, ap s dirigir o primeiro acto da pera La Traviata, de Verdi O comiss rio v se imediatamente confrontado com um problema que o faz pensar e com um vasto leque de suspeitos a prima donna Fl via Petrelli, que uma rapariga mimada e ego sta o director que estava furioso com a recusa do maestro em actuar num teatro muito conceituado uma jovem esposa uma soprano extraordin ria e mentirosa e um director de teatro homossexual que tivera uma discuss o com o maestro pouco antes do crime Perplexo, Guido Brunetti interroga se sobre quem calou para sempre o mais eloquente maestro do OcidenteConfrontado com um caso aparentemente cada vez mais complicado, no decurso das investiga es, Brunetti interroga uma jovem que trabalha no teatro e que tinha uma liga o pr xima com o maestro e fica a saber segredos perturbadores e dif ceis de gerir Brunetti conclui que qualquer uma das pessoas que trabalham no Teatro La Fenice pode ter assassinado o maestro Coming home funcion rio exemplar da pol cia de Veneza Disciples Literal New Testament tem um instinto infal vel Thủy tiên đã cưỡi cá chép vàng đi agilidade na ac o e gentileza no trato com vivos e mortos Viimeinen ruusu (Renate Kress, caracter sticas que o tornam um concorrente altura das grandes personagens no g neroNeste livro Spirou und Fantasio (BILD-Comic-Bibliothek, Brunetti investiga o caso do reputado maestro Wellauer Europe encontrado morto no seu camarim no Teatro La Fenice Reason and Romance (River Valley, ap s dirigir o primeiro acto da pera La Traviata Neurologische Arbeiten, Vol. 2 de Verdi O comiss rio v se imediatamente confrontado com um problema que o faz pensar e com um vasto leque de suspeitos a prima donna Fl via Petrelli Τηλεπικοινωνιακά συστήματα que uma rapariga mimada e ego sta o director que estava furioso com a recusa do maestro em actuar num teatro muito conceituado uma jovem esposa uma soprano extraordin ria e mentirosa e um director de teatro homossexual que tivera uma discuss o com o maestro pouco antes do crime Perplexo Geek Pray Love Guido Brunetti interroga se sobre quem calou para sempre o mais eloquente maestro do OcidenteConfrontado com um caso aparentemente cada vez mais complicado Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism no decurso das investiga es The Unholy Servants Brunetti interroga uma jovem que trabalha no teatro e que tinha uma liga o pr xima com o maestro e fica a saber segredos perturbadores e dif ceis de gerir Brunetti conclui que qualquer uma das pessoas que trabalham no Teatro La Fenice pode ter assassinado o maestro Being Italian I enjoy detective novels set in Italy For some reason, however, I had never tried Donna Leon until a week ago I really enjoyed Book 1 of the Brunetti mystery series A conductor is found dead between acts at the Venetian Opera House, La Fenice, during a performance of La Traviata It is fairly obvious that it was death by poisoning, but who had access to get the poison into the conductors cup of coffee There are plenty of clues, plenty of potential murderers and a lot of backst Being Italian I enjoy detective novels set in Italy For some reason, however, I had never tried Donna Leon until a week ago I really enjoyed Book 1 of the Brunetti mystery series A conductor is found dead between acts at the Venetian Opera House, La Fenice, during a performance of La Traviata It is fairly obvious that it was death by poisoning, but who had access to get the poison into the conductors cup of coffee There are plenty of clues, plenty of potential murderers and a lot of backstory about the conductor who apparently was a Nazi in his early life You get a pretty good flavor for Venice in this book, and it was interesting that it was Brunetti who solves the mystery with very few extra characters involved Oh we see a doctor here and there, two incompetent police detectives who barely appear in anythan 10 pages, a typical Italian police commissioner, and some flavor for Guido Brunetti s home and family life I felt the book moved effortlessly, that the characters were believable and that the solution to the crime was very interesting, even though I had sort of figured it out before Brunetti I now have a lot of Donna Leon s work on my Kindle and look forward to many an enjoyable evening curled up with her and Guido Brunetti I chose this book, the first in the Commissario Brunetti mystery series, because the setting is Venice, and my family and I will be briefly visiting there soon Donna Leon does a wonderful job describing the city If you re looking for the type of mystery that you can t put down, this isn t it Except for the ending, when it all comes together, this book isabout characters and the setting A famous, but not particularly likeable conductor is found dead in his dressing room at the La Fenice I chose this book, the first in the Commissario Brunetti mystery series, because the setting is Venice, and my family and I will be briefly visiting there soon Donna Leon does a wonderful job describing the city If you re looking for the type of mystery that you can t put down, this isn t it Except for the ending, when it all comes together, this book isabout characters and the setting A famous, but not particularly likeable conductor is found dead in his dressing room at the La Fenice theatre Teatro La Fenice , an opera house in Venice Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder I like him, as well as the fact that he adores his wife This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to continuing within this series Some of my favorite quotes He left his office and walked slowly up towards Piazza San Marco Along the way, he paused to look into shop windows, shocked, as he always was when in the centre of the city, by how quickly their composition was changing It seemed to him that all the shops that served the native population pharmacies, shoemakers, groceries were slowly and inexorably disappearing, replaced by slick boutiques and souvenir shops that catered to the tourists, filled with luminescent plastic gondolas from Taiwan and papier m ch masks from Hong Kong It was the desires of the transients, not the needs of the residents, that the city s merchants answered He wondered how long it would take before the entire city became a sort of living museum, a place fit only for visiting and not for inhabiting Why was it that, when children loved you, you knew everything, and when they were angry with you, you knew nothing Well, I ve now entered the world of Commissario Guido Brunetti, of the police force of Venice This is the first of Donna Leon s long running series set in that fabled city, which is equally a character in the novel This was an enjoyable beginning with a nice introduction to Brunetti s family, his investigation techniques, many fellow officers, and assorted Venetians of all stripes His travels around the city give an interesting and occasionally claustrophobic feeling to the place.I enjoyed th Well, I ve now entered the world of Commissario Guido Brunetti, of the police force of Venice This is the first of Donna Leon s long running series set in that fabled city, which is equally a character in the novel This was an enjoyable beginning with a nice introduction to Brunetti s family, his investigation techniques, many fellow officers, and assorted Venetians of all stripes His travels around the city give an interesting and occasionally claustrophobic feeling to the place.I enjoyed the process of working through the crime and clues, learning about the characters I like the way Leon developed the plot and her primary character and look forward to reading manyin this series If you didn t know, you don t have to know how to write to publish a book All you need to do is pick a popular location, let s say Venice, populate it with one dimensional characters, every imaginable stereotype about Italy and the world, sentences that couldn t be called writing even if one was trying to be exceptionally kind and there you go Don t forget to randomly insert a bunch of Italian words to show your deep insight into Italian culture You don t have to know anything about writin If you didn t know, you don t have to know how to write to publish a book All you need to do is pick a popular location, let s say Venice, populate it with one dimensional characters, every imaginable stereotype about Italy and the world, sentences that couldn t be called writing even if one was trying to be exceptionally kind and there you go Don t forget to randomly insert a bunch of Italian words to show your deep insight into Italian culture You don t have to know anything about writing a crime novel to write a crime novel either You pick a protagonist, commissario Brunetti, give everything away in the first chapter and then drag the story on by repeating everything you already said one thousand times What to say of Brunetti Commissario Brunetti who is not even one dimensionallacking dimension and the best you can do is keep talking about how we likes his coffee If you pile on enough insignificant details, perhaps people won t notice you don t have an idea what characterization is or what it should look like A clue it s not piling insignificant details one onto another Why bother with characterization All of the motives why people in this world do anything can be explained in two ways 1 Clearly he she is Italian2 Clearly he she isn t Italian.Why bother using your head Why bother explaining things or trying to find sense in them It s that simple People do things because they are either Italian or not That explains everything Why, Donna Leon, that s so simple it is.incredibly stupid Or brilliant That way you can get away with not using your head and still publish a novel So, the joke is on the readers.Not only were all the characters in the book one dimensional collection of stereotypes, the description of the society and the setting was a pile of prejudice and stereotype as well The plot.wait was there a plot Alright, let me be polite and call it a plot the plot had so many holes it was.I don t even know where to start I can feel my brain cells dying in agony as I think of this book.The novel opens with a poisoning of a famous opera conductor Instead of investigating the murder, commissario Brunetti is being very nice to all people involved, especially the potential female suspects, and does not really work on solving the murder, and why would Brunetti be doing that, when he can make a few calls and wait for all the clues to fall into his lap For it s Venice and everyone knows everyone so why shouldn t Brunetti just wait for everyone to supply him with bits of predicable information that will lead to predictable end Literally, the man does NOTHING Everyone else works for Brunetti, all he does is make a few calls and or rely on people he knows to lay it out to him in endless monologues..and the dialogues are agonizingly boring Here is an example, Brunetti calls his a friend of his, who opens the conversation by sympathizing with comimissario over how pressured he must feel to solve this case Then Brunetti asks him to find outabout the opera conductor and his past affairs They talk in length and then the friend asks Brunetti whether he is a hurry to get the information The same friend who opened the conversation with Brunetti with the acknowledgement that Brunetti must be in hurry to get some piece of information and that is why he must be calling Unfortunately, 100% percent of dialogues and monologues are self serving, repetitive and boring And so is the book.The worst crime novel I read..and one of the worst books I ve read It s a caricature of a novel It s so bad, I felt it is an insult to books even the most trashy writing is way better and can at least be considered a guilty pleasure Here you feel the guilt for reading this, but no pleasure It s guilty torture On some level, it fascinates me how someone can write this badly It fascinates methan the fact that this book got published and read In a way, reading this book was educational Being able to write this badly has to be an accomplishment of some sort I ve never seen anyone mess upevery possible aspect of the book.I ve just googled Donna Leon and found that she demanded her novels wouldn t be translated into Italian Blessed are the Italians, for they will be spared of reading this book I have read ten of Donna Leon s books and this review reflects my opinion of most of them Some have a slightly better story, a littleengaging than others, but for the most part, the books are about Brunetti, and about Venezia, and the Italian people.Commissario Guido Brunetti is a deep and interesting character, but he is unlike most detectives you ll find in American mystery books Brunetti solves crimes with his wits, and all the while deals with crooked politicians his independent a I have read ten of Donna Leon s books and this review reflects my opinion of most of them Some have a slightly better story, a littleengaging than others, but for the most part, the books are about Brunetti, and about Venezia, and the Italian people.Commissario Guido Brunetti is a deep and interesting character, but he is unlike most detectives you ll find in American mystery books Brunetti solves crimes with his wits, and all the while deals with crooked politicians his independent and wonderful wife and his 2 children, who come complete with the normal teenage problems Throughout the books, though, Brunetti never loses sight of what is important food Leon s books are as much a culinary delight as a mystery lover s passion As I read, I find myself yearning to pop the cork on a bottle of Prosecco and mix up a plate of farfalle with a creamy wild mushroom sauce Some have argued that the mystery in Leon s books isn t that captivating I won t disagree with that, but the characterization and the setting are so wonderful it makes up for it Signorina Elettra is one of the best characters I ve come across in books She addsflavor to Leon s books than a sprig of freshly picked lemon basil to a bowl of pasta.What seals it for me, though, are Leon s descriptions of Venice, or Venezia What she describes is so real you will feel as if you re strolling in Piazza San Marco, or enjoying a brioche at a cafe near the Hotel Danieli She brings a fresh perspective to plots that have been done before, and her insight into the Italian people is so perfect, all I can do is laugh and enjoy If you haven t read Leon before, and if you re fond of Italy or the Italian people, rush out and get one of her books You ll be glad you did