Book Reviews of Death at La Fenice (Guido Brunetti, Bk 1)

Death at La Fenice (Guido Brunetti, Bk 1)
Death at La Fenice - Guido Brunetti, Bk 1
Author: Donna Leon
ISBN-13: 9780061043376
ISBN-10: 0061043370
Publication Date: 1/1/1995
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 158 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
A very good procedural mystery: not a lot of action and gore, but a step by step investigation of a death by poisoning of a well known conductor at La Fenice during intermission. Well written: the characters are well potrayed and the relationship between them is described well. I think what I enjoyed most was the description of Venice, working in Venice, the atmosphere, and the description of how Italians speak and think (little details such as the description of Mina and what happened to her,for example). Good read.
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Helpful Score: 3
First book in the mystery series by this author. Story is set in Venice with a clever plot and an unexpected ending. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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Helpful Score: 2
First Guido Brunetti, Venetian police commissario mystery. A world-famous conductor is found dead in his dressing room between the second and third acts of an opera at La Fenice opera house. Poisoned with arsenic, and with plenty of suspects, it's up to Brunetti to sift through all the details to find the culprit. Well done, enjoyed the ambience of Venice as well as the main character and his wife, although the mystery was easily solved long before the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a great book. Guida Brunetti is such a great character, and Ms Leon does an excellent job in making him real. The mystery was great as well!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the first in a wonderful mystery series. Very human characters. I loved the relationship between Guido Brunetti and his wife. I'll be reading more of this series.
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Helpful Score: 2
First in series of Guido Brunetti mysteries. I liked the relationship of Guido and wife. Slow but enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Yes... Noe only was it a fast pace read but it transformed back to Venice and tha many places I walked!
Can't wait to read more books by Donna Leon>
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Helpful Score: 1
Death at Le Fenice (Donna Leon)

Was a good "who done it". Set in Italy, and based around the Opera it made for an interesting setting. A perfect murder mystery with twists and turns keeping the reader guessing. The ending was perfect, I am surprised I didn't figure it out.
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This was my first Guido Brunetti/Donna Leon mystery and it was quite good. Set in Venice with a wonderful Italian flare. I need to get there some day.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is very light reading with some thoroughly likeable characters and a must-read for anyone who has been in Venice or anyone who would like to go there. It is quite descriptive and not a good choice for someone who likes a fast-paced plot. Donna Leon is very popular in Europe and not just because of the setting.
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Just started reading Leon's series featuring Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti - excellent mysteries set in Venice.
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Eh. I don't get the fuss about this series. I found it too be a bit tedious and way too repetitive. The characters were a little too one-dimensional. Although I enjoyed the setting in Venice. Made me feel like I was back there.
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a Guido Brunetti mystery
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A very well written and engaging murder mystery.
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If you are musically inclined
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I enjoyed this book as it combined good writitng with an interesting mystery.
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Murder mystery set in Venice. Held my interest on a very long plane ride, although the ending was contrived.
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Donna Leon always offers a good story. Inspector Brunetti is one of my favorite mystery characters.
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First book in the series, and a wonderful book that appeals to mystery readers across the board, whether they like their crime cozy or dark
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It's OK, but my taste goes to more action packed high adventure type of story. Guido Brunetti is just an honest cop doing his best to get the job done in a real world atmosphere. I'd read another one, but, I'm not sure I would read the whole series.
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It is in the first in the Guido Brunetti series. Good introduction to Venice and its geography and police procedures.
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A real gem. Leon is to Venice what Hillerman was to the Navajo nation. Not only was this an engaging whodoneit, Leon paints a colorful picture of Venician culture. The protagonist is relatable and clever with a wry wit that makes this a very enjoyable read.