Acqua Alta by Donna Leon

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Intricate and intimate descriptions of Venetian life fill these pages and prove that Leon has once again created a high-stakes mystery in which the setting vibrates with as much life as the story itself.
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As Venice braces for a winter tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, finds out that an old friend has been savagely beaten at the palazzo home of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, as the flood waters rise, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti must wade through the chaotic city to solve his deadliest case yet. Sinister and exotic, Acqua Alta is another chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling series.
 

About Donna Leon

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Donna Leon is the author of eighteen novels featuring Guido Brunetti, all of which have been highly acclaimed, and the winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award. She has lived in Venice for thirty years.
 
Published January 27, 2009 by Grove Press. 392 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

And can Brunetti doubt that the power behind this nefarious plot is much-arrested Salvatore La Capra's wealthy collector father? Sadly, there's not enough doubt to make much ado over, leaving Brunetti's fifth...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 16 2004

Intricate and intimate descriptions of Venetian life fill these pages and prove that Leon has once again created a high-stakes mystery in which the setting vibrates with as much life as the story itself.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Apr 17 2006

It is pleasant to journey off to Venice with the inspector, his sidekick, and bright, gentle wife...visit with the Dottore solve some mysteries, see some action and danger and learn what life would be like if we lived someplace really exotic.

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Zimbio

Good
on Oct 16 2011

Once again Leon delivers a wonderfully evocative novel in which Venice plays a central — and memorable — role. In many ways the city itself is like a main character, complete with its own distinct and quirky personality.

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