Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice

Book - 2004
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There is little violent crime in Venice, a serenely beautiful floating city of mystery and magic, history and decay. But the evil that does occasionally rear its head is the jurisdiction of Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police and a genius at detection. Now all of his admirable abilities must come into play in the deadly affair of Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor who died painfully from cyanide poisoning during an intermission at La Fenice.

But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape--a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one. . . .

Publisher: New York : Perennial Dark Alley, 2004, c1992.
Edition: First Dark Alley edition
ISBN: 9780060740689
Branch Call Number: M LEON D
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 21 cm.


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Sep 27, 2017

"Death At La Fenice" is the first book in the Commissario Brunetti series. The reader can already see evidence of the Donna Leon writing style: the emphasis on family, relationships, Venetian culture and Italian culture. IMHO, I would rate "Death At La Fenice" at 4.0 stars for a great first effort.

Jul 20, 2017

This, the first book in a series about a Venetian detective, is a delightful bonbon. I don't think I'll be able to stop at one.

Apr 13, 2017

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Jul 20, 2016

A satisfying whodunnit, the novel exudes a wonderful sense of place, taking readers into the streets of Venice and providing a glimpse inside the opera scene, with all its scandals. I look forward to reading more of Commissario Brunetti!

Oct 05, 2014

I was actually able to predict the outcome of this story well before the end. However, the sordid reason behind the tale was a surprise. This series was recommended to me and has quite the following. Although I liked the story, I found it a little light and not terribly engrossing. However, I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series, which I understand improves as it goes on.

Aug 17, 2014

I've read several from the middle of this wonderful series, and decided to go back to the beginning, which is this one. Interestingly, Leon has already developed a back story for Brunetti, his family, in-laws, co-workers and dreadful boss, right at the beginning. Brunetti's character is there, too, especially his cynicism about the endemic corruption in his beloved city. So too is his love for the opera of La Fenice, an institution for the locals, not the tourists. When the opera house burns down at intermission during a performance by the best conductor in the world, there are too many suspects. Sorting out too many suspects will turn out to be Brunetti's forte in many a book to come. I can't tell how I'd judge it if I hadn't read any of the others, but I already love the series. Leon will get better with Brunetti, so I give this one only 4 stars.

Aug 22, 2012

Not a great book, but it is the first in a large series so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and read a few more. I really liked the italian/venetian references, since I'm familiar with both the language and the place.

shannon40 Aug 13, 2012

This first novel in the Guido Brunetti series shows that Donna Leon had a good grasp of her characters and setting right from the beginning.

Aug 09, 2011

As always the casual acceptance of endemic corruption serves as a background to the frustrations of the hero of the story. Another crime to solve for the charming Brunetti with all the fascinating political, geographical, family and cultural insights into modern day Italian life (and more specifically Venetian life) that Donna Leon weaves into her narratives

Aug 07, 2010

If you read only one Guido Brunetti mystery, this should be the one. Donna Leon's best.

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