Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice

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Death at La Fenice is the first novel in Donna Leon's internationally best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, a notoriously difficult conductor is poisoned, and suspects abound. Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. To do so, he he calls on his knowledge of Venice, its culture, and its dirty politics. Revenge, corruption, and even Italian cuisine play a role. The novel that started it all, Death at La Fenice is an entrancing mystery, rich in atmosphere.

"Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon, the expatriate American with the Venetian heart. . . . One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever." -- The Washington Post

Publisher: London : Arrow Books
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780802194138
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dave99_0
Sep 27, 2017

"Death At La Fenice" is the first book in the Commissario Brunetti series. The reader can already see evidence of the Donna Leon writing style: the emphasis on family, relationships, Venetian culture and Italian culture. IMHO, I would rate "Death At La Fenice" at 4.0 stars for a great first effort.

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QueenSheba_0
Jul 20, 2017

This, the first book in a series about a Venetian detective, is a delightful bonbon. I don't think I'll be able to stop at one.

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nofasternan
Apr 13, 2017

Streptomycin, among related antibiotics, is known to cause hearing loss, as a side effect.

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mgackle
Jul 20, 2016

A satisfying whodunnit, the novel exudes a wonderful sense of place, taking readers into the streets of Venice and providing a glimpse inside the opera scene, with all its scandals. I look forward to reading more of Commissario Brunetti!

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sharon711
Oct 05, 2014

I was actually able to predict the outcome of this story well before the end. However, the sordid reason behind the tale was a surprise. This series was recommended to me and has quite the following. Although I liked the story, I found it a little light and not terribly engrossing. However, I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series, which I understand improves as it goes on.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 17, 2014

I've read several from the middle of this wonderful series, and decided to go back to the beginning, which is this one. Interestingly, Leon has already developed a back story for Brunetti, his family, in-laws, co-workers and dreadful boss, right at the beginning. Brunetti's character is there, too, especially his cynicism about the endemic corruption in his beloved city. So too is his love for the opera of La Fenice, an institution for the locals, not the tourists. When the opera house burns down at intermission during a performance by the best conductor in the world, there are too many suspects. Sorting out too many suspects will turn out to be Brunetti's forte in many a book to come. I can't tell how I'd judge it if I hadn't read any of the others, but I already love the series. Leon will get better with Brunetti, so I give this one only 4 stars.

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smworthy
Aug 22, 2012

Not a great book, but it is the first in a large series so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read a few more. I really liked the italian/venetian references, since I'm familiar with both the language and the place.

shannon40 Aug 13, 2012

This first novel in the Guido Brunetti series shows that Donna Leon had a good grasp of her characters and setting right from the beginning.

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baylife
Aug 09, 2011

As always the casual acceptance of endemic corruption serves as a background to the frustrations of the hero of the story. Another crime to solve for the charming Brunetti with all the fascinating political, geographical, family and cultural insights into modern day Italian life (and more specifically Venetian life) that Donna Leon weaves into her narratives

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pokano
Aug 07, 2010

If you read only one Guido Brunetti mystery, this should be the one. Donna Leon's best.

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