2bgabriella - , reviewed Death in a Strange Country (Guido Brunetti, Bk 2) on
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If you love mysteries and the streets and canals of Venice, Italy hold a certain charm and allure for you, add the Guido Brunetti series to your reading list!! Mr. Brunetti is the Chief Inspector for the city of Venice, and while reading about his investigations the reader is treated to detailed descriptions of modern-day Venice. Mr. Brunetti's analytical reasoning is balanced by his rich descriptions of Venetian architecture and art and warmed here and there by glimpses of his family life. A refreshing blend that stands out amongst so many mysteries that are grim and stark. Highly recommended!!
Second Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery in which an American soldier from the base in Vicenza is found stabbed to death and floating in a canal in Venice. Brunetti's attempts at investigation are blocked on nearly every side, from his superior, Patta, to the Carabaneri, to the American base personnel. Instructed to write it off as an attempted robbery, Brunetti is determined to find out why the American was really killed. Excellent story, wonderfully painted setting of Venice and of Brunetti's life there. Cast of supporting characters is also excellent. This could become one of my favorite mystery series!
This is the second of Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries I've read. They feel like Simenon's Maigret mysteries; police procedurals with all the details of daily life in a European setting. In Leon's novels the setting is Venice. Interesting and well-written.
DreamSE22 reviewed Death in a Strange Country (Guido Brunetti, Bk 2) on
Great book! It wasn't as good as the first one, but I'm in love with this series, and I'm ready for the next books. :)
This mystery was a little more complex and I grew bored off and on with the American portions of the book. Being an American military brat myself, I grew impatient with the plot. I really enjoyed how some chapters were solely dedicated to Guido and his family because I like his character so much! Again, I think Guido's interactions with his superior, Patta, are hilarious, and I truly laugh out loud during those moments.
As for this particular book, I'm glad Leon got the "Americanized military" plot out of the way in this second installment. I hope other books in the series don't revisit the Vicenza base!
This is the second in the series and the second book I have read by Ms.Leon. I enjoy the characters and particularly the ambiance of Venice. It makes me want to take the next ship or plane over. It is good getting to know Commissario Guido Brunetti and his family.
I found this story interesting. I really liked the first 2/3rds of the story and its development. I was surprised at the turn toward the end that was connecting the Italian Mafia, Italian goverment, Italian bussinessmen and the US government together. And at the second to last chapter I was wondering how the story could be wrapped up in 20 more pages. However Donna Leon pulled it off and did manage to wrap it up with a twist I did not see coming at all.
Love this series and this book did not disappoint. Raised some interesting and disturbing questions about what is happening to our environment and how greed and money disregards what is happening when toxic waste is dumped and the governments involved turn a blind eye. Well written and addictive. Am looking forward to the next book in the series.
2nd in the series of Commissioner Brunetti. When a young American man is found floating dead in one of the Venice canals, Guido Brunetti is on the case again. Like the first in the series, this is a great read. Leon is such a comfortable author. After reading her first book, you just fall back into the place, the people and feel right at home. It helped to have a larger map of Venice nearby. Wonderful author, great read!