I so enjoyed this book -- a smartly written novel set in Venice, and featuring the outstanding Commissario Brunetti. Terrific characters, and a finely twisted plot, very enjoyable reading. I love Brunetti, who's passionate, intelligent, wry, noble-hearted ... will definitely read more of Leon's novels featuring this wonderful detective!
Good, as usual. Completely unexpected twist.
Extremely well plotted. Excellent entry in the series.
Another great Donna Leon. Although I figured out the Death of Roberto was not what it appeared the twist was still very different then I expected. This story set the crime in the rich/business community of society.
This was my first time reading Leon. The setting, present day Venice, is still full of Venice's interesting history. Guido Brunetti is the Commissario of Police who is tasked with solving the murder.
Another great caper by Donna Leon. Guido continues to be an excellent policeman.
The first few pages (or, in the case of my audio edition, tracks) of Donna Leons A Noble Radiance did not exactly catch my interest. I often have that problem when beginning a new book, and have to wonder how much of the problem is the authors and how much is mine. In this case, I think problem is the wrong word rather, Ms. Leon is using some expert fishing techniques on the unsuspecting reader in this case, me.
Ms. Leon starts off by setting her scenario the equivalent of picking her spot and baiting her hook. Then, she drops a single lure into the water not to hook the poor fish, but just to catch a little interest. THEN WHAM! The hook is set, and its a wild ride to the finish, including a few surprises towards the end (providing a possible explanation for the title, for example or at least a possible second explanation).
Venetian policeman, Commissario Guido Brunetti, is brought in to deal with a body uncovered during building renovations a body that may belong to the victim of a kidnapping some 2 years prior, and a body that shows signs that the death was not accidental. The family of the kidnapping victim belongs to the upper crust of Italian society and is not interested in assisting the police in finding the person or people who apparently kidnapped and subsequently murdered their son. Of course, the police cannot simply drop the case on that basis hence, a most unusual murder investigation ensues.
I am not very far along into Ms. Leons series, but A Noble Radiance is a prime example as to why her books have maintained a loyal readership for over 20 years.
RATING: After a little soul searching 5 stars. Ms. Leon kept my interest and provided some things that I will remember and think about after Ive moved along to my next book, or the one after that, or
This was my first book to read by Donna Leon but I am delighted to know that it is the 14th in a series of detective stories starring Commissario Guido Brunetti. Set in Italy, there are many references to the Venetian setting and a few Italian phrases thrown in which adds to the bella flavor of the book. This mystery reads like a good old fashioned "whodunnit" set in modern times as evidenced by the use of computer data to help solve the mystery. Commissario Brunetti is methodical in his detective methods and takes his time to reflect on all the clues. His frustration with the Italian system of justice is evident throughout the novel and probably is a true reflection of honest real-life detectives working in modern Italy. At 237 pages, it is a quick read especially since one wants to keep reading to the end to discover the culprit.