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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,328 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Leon Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries Release Date:
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Dona Leon has amassed devoted fans around the world for her atmospheric and intelligent Commissario Brunetti series. A Sea of Troubles offers a rare glimpse into the scrupulous Commissario’s personal life. When Brunetti investigates the murder of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina, the small community closes ranks, forcing him to accept Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there to search for clues. Though loyal to his beloved wife, Paola, he must admit that less-than-platonic emotions underlie his concern for his boss’s beautiful secretary. Suspenseful, provocative, and deeply unsettling, A Sea of Troubles is an explosive and irresistible addition to Leon’s marvelous series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sophisticated but still moral Brunetti, with his love of food and his loving family, proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.”

    Wall Street Journal, praise for the series

  • “In this stunning novel…featuring dogged, intuitive Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti…combines an engrossing, complex plot with an indictment of the corruption endemic to Italian society...dark, cynical tale of widespread secrecy, violence, and corruption.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review), praise for Blood from a Stone

  • “The evocative Venetian setting and the warmth and humanity of the Brunetti family add considerable pleasure to this nuanced, intelligent mystery…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review), praise for Blood from a Stone

  • “The appeal of Guido Brunetti, the hero of Donna Leon’s long-running Venetian crime series, comes not from his shrewdness, though he is plenty shrewd, nor from his quick wit. It comes, instead, from his roll as an everyman…Not so different from our own days at the office or nights around the dinner table. Crime fiction for those willing to grapple with, rather than escape, the uncertainties of daily life.”

    Booklist (starred review), praise for the series

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/16/2014

    " I usually love all of these Brunetti books pretty much equally, but this one just didn't click with me. (This might be what took me so long to finish it?) In most of the others, the focus is on the police, procedure, political problems, recalcitrant bureaucracy, local dilemmas, etc. Brunetti himself is a central character and plot device by which all these other issues are examined. In this book, however, we have to explore the feelings of Brunetti and Elettra, which is not exactly what I signed on for, based on my experience with the rest of the series. The mystery with the local fishermen, which I was interested in, was only superficially explored, and seemed like it was used as a vehicle to explore everyone's feelings, instead of the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by LDuchess | 2/12/2014

    " #10 (or 14?) Elettra, and set on Pellestrina. Boats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William Walker | 2/9/2014

    " Par for the course with this series. You will learn about something clam dredging and like on one of the smaller lagoon islands. Not much mystery. Same environmental horror stories which somehow lose their luster after a dozen or so repetitions. The storm scene is well written but as usual, the plot meanders and is weak on closure, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy Duffy Thomas | 2/3/2014

    " The best so far. More developed, more exciting. But less food, unfortunately. "

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