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Death at La Fenice (Windsor Selection) download ebook
Donna Leon
Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large Print Ed edition (June 1, 2003)
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Death in a Strange Country.

Death in a Strange Country. Scanning, uploading, and electronic distribution of this book or the facilitation of such without the permission of the publisher is prohibited.

Donna Leon has written four previous Guido Brunetti novels, Death and Judgment, Dressed for Death, Death in a Strange Country, and Death at La Fenice, which won the Suntory Prize for the best suspense novel of 1991

Donna Leon has written four previous Guido Brunetti novels, Death and Judgment, Dressed for Death, Death in a Strange Country, and Death at La Fenice, which won the Suntory Prize for the best suspense novel of 1991. She teaches English at the University of Maryland extension at a . Air Force base near Venice Italy, where she has lived for over twenty years.

Death at La Fenice (1992), the first novel by American academic and crime-writer Donna Leon, is the first of the internationally best-selling Commissario Brunetti mystery series, set in Venice, Italy. The novel won the Japanese Suntory prize, and its sequel is Death in a Strange Country (1993). A world-famous German opera conductor has died at La Fenice, and Commissario (Detective) Guido Brunetti pursues what appears to be a murder investigation without leads.

Donna Leon is a master at developing irresistible characters, and her portraitures of Venice are done so well, that it was if I were there once again marveling at the antiquity and majesty of the city. This is not an edge of the seat thriller, but it is a masterful murder mystery. The highly creative characters and the location of the story made it the page turner it is.

Comisario Guido Brunetti - 1 ). Donna Leon. Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime

Comisario Guido Brunetti - 1 ). Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. But that is little comfort to Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor whose intermission refreshment comes one night with a little something extra in it-cyanide.

Beautiful and serene Venice is a city almost devoid of crime. For Guido Brunetti, vice-commissario of police and detective genius, finding a suspect isn’t a problem; narrowing the large and unconventional group of enemies down to one is.

Commissario Brunettis Sechzehnter Fall. Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Download (PDF). Читать. Das Madchen seiner Traume. Commissario Brunettis siebzehnter Fall. Download (EPUB). Death in a strange country.

  • Gholbirius
While I waited for a flight in Venice, I wandered into the bookshop in the little airport there and picked up a handful of Donna Leon's mysteries. I was DELIGHTED! Leon is a University of Maryland professor seconded to a University in the Veneto and she has developed a sweet Venetian detective protagonist, Guido Brunetti. La Fenice (The Phoenix, in Italian) is the famous Venetian opera house and serves as the crime scene for Brunetti's first case. When a famous Austrian orchestra conductor, Helmut Wellauer, is discovered in his dressing room after the second act, dead of cyanide poisoning, Guido must find not only the killer but the motive of course. His search takes him into the sexually perverse past (distant AND recent) of the conductor but also finds him confronting any number of people who are likely suspects including most of the people he worked with and a number of family members. One of the most attractive things about Leon's detective is that he is an amiable, competent family man who is dealing with the quotidian: moody teenaged son, bouncy sure-footed pre-teen daughter, a headstrong and likable wife (an English professor) in addition to an INcompetent power-insecure supervisor who does little but obstruct Brunetti's efforts. The discovery of the murderer is so complicated and the final twist in the end so neatly and tidily closes the case that I was hooked and couldn't wait to read the next one. I have always loved murder mysteries (as one reviewer calls "procedural police mysteries"), and Leon's are among the finest.
  • inetserfer
This is the first time I've read the one that started them all. I can't remember when I read my first Commissario Brunetti mystery, but I loved them from the start. First and foremost, they are set in Venice and La Serenissima is most definitely a presence. From the vaporetti to the feral cats, Leon captures the essence of the city until you can almost smell the sea.

The working out of the mystery is done without the help of his superior, almost against his wishes. His boss would prefer to bring the case to a quick close, place the blame on some foreigner, and get it out of the papers before it hurts the tourist season. Brunetti is more interested in finding the truth, no matter how unpleasant, and he's not going to be stopped by something as minor as his superior's opposition. Fortunately, he has the support of his peers and underlings to help him and his many connections in all strata of Venetian society.

The tropes I love are in place from the very beginning, and this novel does a fine job of launching the series: Brunetti's clueless boss, his conflict over his wife's aristocratic background, and his refusal to give up until he ferrets out the truth.
  • AfinaS
I read this book several years ago, and it is one of my favorite by Donna Leon. It introduced Inspector Brunetti, a police detective in Venice, Italy, and involved the death of an opera singer. This books (as well as her subsequent books) are well-researched, and the characters are believable. I like the fact that Inspector Brunetti has a family, as well as problems with his supervisor at work. The recurring characters are well drawn, as are the characters involved in the stories, and the descriptions of Venice are very detailed and appear to be well researched. Although I haven't had time to read all of her books, I have read at least 4 or 5 in this series, and found them to all have the same attention to detail. There is not a lot of profanity, and no explicit violence or sex in this book. The best recommendation I can make is that I would read this book again, and when it became available for download, I did so.
  • Modigas
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 is more about 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 with more in this series.
  • Wanenai
Donna León was recommended to me by my friend, who fell in love with Venice,and is also a mystery devotee. Death At La Fenice is her first book and I couldn't put it down. Venice description is so vivid you feel as if you're walking its streets and navigating its canal. Commissario Brunetti is a gentle detective with empathy and understanding. A very likable man, patient, attentive, and caring.
When a genial musical director is found dead after the second intermission of La Traviatta, he is faced with an inconceivable puzzle to solve. Regardless of affinity or lack of, no one in the music world would even think of killing such a genius of musical interpretation. It would be a crime against the world of Music itself, and that is not done. I plan to read more books by Donna León
  • Aiata
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While there is a death investigation thread holding the plot together, the book is about developing Commissario Brunetti who turns out to be a good, intelligent person with an appealing sense of humor. Venice is not your ordinary city and the book gives you a sense of what living in Venice is like. Some my disdain the lack of action scenes, e.g., there are no shootouts, no high speed chases, no imminent danger to the Commissario. However there is a story that builds nicely through the book and the Commissario slowly puts the pieces together to solve the mystery. You'll have to read the book to find out who did it. :)