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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,285 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: August 2009 ISBN: 9781482978872
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Commissario Guido Brunetti’s hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera—a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sophisticated yet still moral Brunetti…proves a worthy custodian of timeless values and verities.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Brunetti...the most humane sleuth since Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret...is a decent man [who achieves] a quiet heroism.”

    The Philadelphia Enquirer 

  • “Richly evocative…intriguing…Venice takes on a deep noir tint in Leon's latest well-crafted work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This thoroughly enjoyable procedural will win more fans for the poised, polite, and coolheaded Brunetti.”

    Booklist

  • “Brunetti stars in a case that brings out his canniness and his compassion—and shows his creator spreading her wings more powerfully than ever.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 2/15/2014

    " In the heat of August in Venice we find Brunetti unable to join his family on their summer vacation when a man dressed as a woman is found dead on an vacant lot behind a slaughter house. Again Donna Leon faces issues of prejudices and how things are not what they seems in her third novel Dressed for Death. Brunetti is send to find the identity of the dead men in the prostitution circle of nearby Mestria. Transvestites, a religious organization and a shady bank make Brunetti even more uncomfortable than the hot weather. This is the book where one of Leon's most beloved and mysterious character is introduced: Signorina Elettra Zorzi, Patta's new "secretary". She becomes as the series goes on an important part of the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/2/2014

    " A little cold and impersonal. Fun read about Italian political machinations and corruption. "

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

    " Having read books in the series before this one, and a few after, I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 1/23/2014

    " Bank practices and transvestites in Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/21/2014

    " Re-reading Brunettis first cases, now ten years old and more and enjoying them in German as much as I did in English. Great characterisation and lovely (sometimes smelly and crumbly of course because after all it is Venice) backdrops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather (DeathByBook) | 1/10/2014

    " I have really enjoyed the other titles in this series. It seems that Donna Leon really hit her stride with this one, the third in the series. Not only is it a good mystery tale, but I also love the relationships and banter between Comissario Brunetti and his family. As in the other books of hers that I have read the city of Venice seems to become a vivid character in itself. Leon has real grasp on how to create a sense of place without overdoing the descriptors. I recommend this one highly. A solid story that treats heavy issues in a serious manner, but never loses it's sense of humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/5/2014

    " As I have said before, I love detective novels with "good guys". Not the angsty hard-boiled loners but regular guys who love their wives and children, still have ideals and morals and who do their best working even when working in less than ideal circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 12/30/2013

    " Creepy, but Brunetti again a complex, multi0faceted character. "

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

    " This is my second try at getting into her books. They are police procedurals set in Venice. Another book where the worst criminal basically went unpunished, but here due to corruption "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/21/2013

    " Held my interest up to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catie | 12/9/2013

    " Enjoyed this one again but the ending was rather rushed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/1/2013

    " I love this mystery series - I listen to it on CD and the reader is fabulous. The backdrop is Venice. Brunetti is an admirable, smart and kind. I must say, her endings are a bit surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/18/2013

    " Great mystery series. Bonus is that is is set in Venice. Gives you some insight into Italian culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Servini | 9/15/2013

    " Not my favourite. I found it somewhat laboured, but that may have been me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 6/12/2013

    " One of the better plots for Commissario Brunetti. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Walker | 11/10/2012

    " This is the first book in the series that I rated at 5 stars. Riveting suspense built up through an intricate and well developed plot. The author used a rather light hand with the filler and details unrelated to advancing the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mripma | 7/7/2012

    " Gruesome but Detective Brunetti continues to charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/19/2012

    " Always well written and always the best family-relationship-dynamic scenes. Brunetti is my new favorite detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 1/3/2012

    " An easy read thriller with an interesting cast of characters. Would consider this a "beach read" type book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anuradha | 10/1/2011

    " Donna Leon is always an excellent read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/15/2011

    " Donna Leon's mystery series takes place in Venice. What better reason to read them? Realistic characters, great descriptions, good plot lines keep me coming back for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 7/21/2011

    " Loved this book and the Venice setting. I will read all other books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mripma | 4/5/2011

    " Gruesome but Detective Brunetti continues to charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/21/2011

    " Fui apresentada ao commissàrio Brunetti e família e vi-me transportada para o ambiente da Veneza dos nossos dias. Pormenores deliciosos do dia-a-dia misturam-se com a investigação policial para criar uma história que flui abafada com o calor do mês de Agosto. Um livro óptimo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 1/23/2011

    " Loved the insiders look at Venice, but didn't really enjoy the characters or the story line as much as the previous Commissario Brunetti novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephannie | 1/1/2011

    " Having read books in the series before this one, and a few after, I really enjoyed this book.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/5/2010

    " I didn't like this book (the third in the series) as much as I liked the second one. It deals with some transvestite and gay residents of Venice, and I felt it was stilted and, while "politically correct," it felt awkward to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/14/2010

    " Part of a series about Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/29/2010

    " Another good read about the Venice police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 9/26/2010

    " ONe of the better books in the series. It is an early title, and a little grittier than the more recent books. This one is more about the crime and the detection, which is what I enjoy in detective 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.