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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob W. reviewed Death at La Fenice (Guido Brunetti, Bk 1) on
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.
Patrick P. reviewed Death at La Fenice (Guido Brunetti, Bk 1) on
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.