A Question of Belief

A Question of Belief

Book - 2010
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Donna Leon's best-selling series featuring the principled, warmhearted Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has won her countless fans, critical acclaim, and international renown as one of the world's best crime writers. In A Question of Belief , Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. With his hometown beset by hordes of tourists and baking under a glaring sun, Brunetti's greatest wish is to go to the mountains with his family, where he can sleep under a down comforter and catch up on his reading. But before he can go on vacation, a folder with court records has landed on his desk, brought by an old friend. It appears that cases at the local court--hardly known as a model of efficiency--are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it? And just when it looks like Brunetti will be able to get away, a shocking, violent crime forces him to stay in Venice. This is a stellar addition to Leon's celebrated series: atmospheric, packed with excellent characters, and building to an explosive, indelible ending.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780802119421
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 12, 2016

I noticed that some of the places mentioned in this story are highlighted on the map of Venice that appears on the inside of the book's covers. Anyone researching the places mentioned in Leon's books will find this map helpful. However, the places that Brunetti stops for coffee, pizza, and sandwiches are not noted on the map.

This book is a laid back murder story, occurring in the hot month of August in Venice, as the murder occurs only at the halfway point in the book. As is usual in detective stories, a lot of space is given to following up leads, interviewing the victims/suspects/witnesses, describing the personal lives of the characters, the problems at work, and, in this story, particularly, how uncomfortable high summer temperatures can be. Additionally, Leon throws in commentary about corruption of Venetian politicians and the flaws of the judiciary system. A minor plot about scamming elderly women /vulnerable people also allows her to expand on her observations about human behavior. Sometimes all of these observations are more interesting than the final unveiling of the murderer. Leon has a knack for describing a Venice not seen by tourists. It was an enjoyable read on a cold day.

Mar 08, 2016

At first it appears that not much is happening except the heat and Vianello's aunt giving away her money to a charlatan. Paperwork fills Brunetti's days and bring to the surface a new kind of corruption. Then a murder pulls both Vianello and Brunetti away from their longed-for vacations, and a quiet August erupts into a great deal of complexity indeed. As often happens in Venice, everything's connected to everything else, and Brunetti and Vianello must sort it out, with the help of Signorina Elletra. While I wasn't as satisfied as with some of the more recent outings, I enjoyed this one--except for the heat.

mrsgail5756 Aug 08, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Oct 26, 2011


Oct 17, 2010

Brunetti's partner Vianello's aunt is withdrawing large sums of money from her bank; an acquaintance from the Commune comes with evidence of disturbing delays in court cases. The Brunettis plan to escape Venice for an August vacation in the Alps as this is Europe's very hot summer. Paola is making her reading choices! Then, there is a good man's murder?

As always Brunetti, Vianello, the remarkable Signorina Elettra and the familiar cast of colleagues?the good and not so good?in the Questura are back at solving crimes, whether or not there is ever evidence or political will to bring about justice. This series of detective fiction just never fails to satisfy and this one makes you think a little about the things people do for love.

Jul 30, 2010

Not her best. Not much happens. Unsatisfying ending.


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