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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,676 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: May 2004 ISBN: 9781482975659
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Internationally acclaimed author Donna Leon has earned lavish accolades for her elegant Venetian mysteries featuring the irresistibly charming Commissario Brunetti. Now, following her magnificently received Uniform Justice, she presents her most beguiling and thrilling mystery yet. Against the atmospheric backdrop of the city of Venice, Brunetti finds himself fighting a lone battle to prove the innocence of a Romanian housekeeper accused of brutally murdering her miserly employer. With the odds stacked against her from the onset of the investigation when she fled from police, her guilt seems a fait accompli … until a neighbor comes forward to protest the innocence of the accused. Stealthily working his way through the labyrinthine alleys of Venice, death nipping at his heels, Brunetti will have to defy his superiors to vindicate the housekeeper and stop her employer’s real killer before he murders again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The detective’s humane police work is disarming, and his ambles through the city are a delight; but it is this peculiar insistence on turning every case into a morality tale that gives Leon’s fiction its subtlety and substance and makes us follow Brunetti wherever we must—even into the sea.”        

    New York Times

  • “David Colacci’s performance adds color to Leon’s intricate plot and fascinating characters. He is careful that Brunetti; his brilliant wife, Paola; the beautiful computer hacker, Signorina Elettra; and faithful Inspector Vianello speak with only the slightest hint of Italian accents, enough to locate the story but not enough to turn characters into caricature.”

    AudioFile

  • “Leon, as always, looks for nuance behind the formula. She finds it in the victim’s relatives, all severely flawed figures but all sharing a bedrock humanity that resists caricature, and, of course, she finds it in Brunetti’s lovingly detailed but never sentimentalized family life—always the greatest source of pleasure in a series that reminds us again and again just what ‘character-driven” really means.”

    Booklist

  • “Following Brunetti on the case is like watching drops of water wear away stone, though it’s clear there’s no hope for the more general petrifaction of Venice that Leon masterfully tracks.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 2/20/2014

    " I accidentally jumped ahead with this novel but I highly enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of the series. In fact, I am not doing my "assigned reading" and instead grabbing up these to read:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/10/2014

    " another good mysteryin this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/8/2014

    " Commissario Brunetti is a police detective with heart and a gentle cynicism who must work within a system we Americans would find hard to understand. He keeps his integrity and serves justice in Venice. It is a pleasure to follow his thinking. His love of food is evident in the loving descriptions of the meals he eats - at home (prepared by his fiesty wife, Paola,) and in local restaurants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 2/3/2014

    " Not as good as usual. Paola is the bomb! What is Signorina Elettra doing with her Wednesday mornings? Teaching computer classes to the elderly? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Bryce | 1/26/2014

    " As with most of Donna Leon's books, the trip is more important and interesting than the story itself... The food, the characters and of course Venice itself are the real attraction once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanne | 1/25/2014

    " What can I say, its Brunetti, its Venice, its got corruption murder and a raft of suspects "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/14/2014

    " Because I want to be just like LISA! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/14/2014

    " Not my favorite, but you learn a little more about Signorina Elettra. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 1/14/2014

    " Commissario Guido Brunetti is a great gentleman detective. No case is too pressing that there isn't time to stop for a good lunch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/22/2013

    " another fun Brunietti Mystery in that beautiful city, Venice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/7/2013

    " The latest book in her mystery series. Very very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ros | 10/24/2013

    " Zipped along with a few red herrings along the way. Captures the Italian way of doing things perfectly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bachyboy | 10/21/2013

    " I adore Venice so read anything set there!! Donna Leon has a strong style of writing and Brunetti and his band of clever clogs always seem to work out whodunnit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 9/9/2013

    " Donna Leon creates a masterpiece that connects the Seven Deadly Sins with the vibrant Venetian culture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Rapp | 9/3/2013

    " This is another in the thoroughly enjoyable series. The principle character is very believable and sympathetic, and the stories always unfold well. the only problem is I get so hungry reading about his meals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen wadey | 6/19/2013

    " Easy read novel not very intense or exciting but readable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 5/5/2013

    " Bubble gum, fun summer read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 1/18/2013

    " FM Another of many excellent mysteries taking place in modern day Venice and featuring the competent Commissar Guido Brunetti, his idiot boss, and others from his police department. As usual, the crimes are gritty and delve into all things Venitian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 10/27/2012

    " Started out strong enough but began a slow fizzle about halfway through. Fairly standard police procedural - kind of like Ed McBain with some Italian words thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 10/17/2012

    " I have now read seventeen of the mysteries in the Commissario Brunetti series. They are engaging, absorbing, and intelligent. Donna Leon has created a remarkable series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 4/29/2012

    " First book I have read in this mystery series that takes place in Venice. Won't be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aislinn | 4/20/2012

    " This was the first Donna Leon book I read. It took me a little while to get into it but Brunetti soon won me over. Frequent vivid descriptions of delicious meals didn't hurt either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 2/27/2012

    " Simple, but engaging. Needs about 75 more pages of character development just about everywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 11/18/2011

    " More Brunetti - this one is about a selfish old woman, illegal immigrants and greed. Quite enjoyable but not the best in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 5/7/2011

    " Brunetti gets a chance to turn the screws on his croked Lieutenant Scarpa in thes edition of the Venetian Detective series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/12/2011

    " Continuing my reading of escape fiction: Leon is very satisfying, quickly consumed. I appreciate knowing there are many more books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jens | 3/19/2011

    " Nothing spectacular, but really good moment to moment. Nice easy beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Marie | 2/6/2011

    " Guido rocks as always. Bonus: a reference to Othello in this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 1/26/2011

    " Audio -- a muder mystery in venice
    for a general audience "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 12/17/2010

    " Good read - new author for me.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 12/11/2010

    " Started out strong enough but began a slow fizzle about halfway through. Fairly standard police procedural - kind of like Ed McBain with some Italian words thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stven | 10/24/2010

    " These novels by Donna Leon continue to delight. It is so comforting to be in the presence of a character like Guido Brunetti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/20/2010

    " This is an excellent murder mystery, set in Vanice, Italy. Leon weaves plots within plots, and takes her readers on a trip through Venice. Even though Commisario Brunetti finally finds the murderer, we never find out who took the old woman's money. Perhaps in another of her novels... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 8/31/2010

    " Bubble gum, fun summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erich | 8/28/2010

    " Simple, but engaging. Needs about 75 more pages of character development just about everywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pbwritr | 7/27/2010

    " Got the book Feb 11 and finished it the next day. Quick, small book. I liked it better than Blood from a Stone. Still, the references to Venice presume familiarity. Nevertheless, the insight to the Venetian police, corruption, way of life, and handling of crimes is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 7/26/2010

    " Not my favorite, but you learn a little more about Signorina Elettra. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/4/2010

    " I always like Donna Leon's book but have to say that this was one of her weaker stories. "

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About the Author
Author Donna Leon

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China, where she worked as a teacher. Her novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed, including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Silver Dagger for Fiction.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.