I only discovered Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti series earlier this year and I'm glad I did. These books will bring you right to the heart of Venice and allow you to prowl the canals alongside Brunetti. In her writing, Leon can be a bit wordy but she is good with words. I recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes thoughtful, well-written mysteries.
Wendy F. reviewed Acqua Alta (Guido Brunetti, Bk 5) on
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The Guido Brunetti books are so enjoyable, and Acqua Alta presents a new view of the seasonal difficulties of living in Venice (high tides). Donna Leon not only writes a good detective story, but better than that, she gives such a wonderful perspective of what it is to live in Italy. I love learning of the historical cultural differences throughout Europe.
Commissario Guido Brunetti finds an old friend has been savagely beaten at the palazzo home of the reigning opera diva Flavia Petrelli. He sets out to find who dunit and why. This volume is part of the mystery series by Donna Leon and is set in Venice. Thoroughly enjoyable and keeps you hanging until the very end.
This is one of my favorite Donna Leon books. She has brought back the characters from her first book -- The Singer and her 'friend' Brett, the American -- and really 'fleshed' them out. The story centers around Brett and her work with ancient Chinesse porcelain. Once again the bad guys don't necessarily see the inside of a jail but in the end got their 'due'. I hope we see them in future stories.
Another good book in Leon's series about a police commissioner in modern day Venice. Love the locale details. Especially enjoy his interviews, in which he allows long silences to get the person to talk more. Funny scenes with his boss. Nice domestic scenes with family. Mystery & murder without the mayhem.
Cecelia B. reviewed Acqua Alta (Guido Brunetti, Bk 5) on
This is a well crafted mystery loaded with interesting information about Italy and particularly Venice. Dona Leon is a mystery writer who keeps you turning the pages. Rather than filling the narrative with vivid details of the blood and guts of violet crime, you will instead be privy to the unfolding details of detective work, rich with the inner musings of Guido Brunetti as he comments on everything from ecology, and social commentary to psychological processes.
I liked the book and the setting in Venice with the references to the Italiain culture and thinking about life and relationships in general was different. The approach to crime solving in Venice was a new approach for me since I wasn't familiar with the author's style. It wasn't as much of a page turner as others but I rate the book very good and I'll probably read more about the adventures of Guido Brunetti from this author