Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
A Novel of Suspense

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Death at La Fenice is the first novel in Donna Leon’s internationally best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, a notoriously difficult conductor is poisoned, and suspects abound. Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. To do so, he he calls on his knowledge of Venice, its culture, and its dirty politics. Revenge, corruption, and even Italian cuisine play a role. The novel that started it all, Death at La Fenice is an entrancing mystery, rich in atmosphere.

“Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon, the expatriate American with the Venetian heart. . . . One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever.” —The Washington Post

 

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 April 20, 2012 by Grove Press. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian, Crime, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Cyanide poisoning during the second-act intermission of La Traviata leaves the eminent conductor Helmut Wellauer dead, survived by a constellation of suspects from prima Flavia Petrelli (whose lesbian liaison with a wealthy American archeologist, Brett Lynch, Wellauer was threatening to expose) t...

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A breathless beginning and an unexpected lack of reference to the lush setting mark this lively launch of a projected series of Venetian mysteries. When legendary German conductor Helmut Wellauer is f

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To detective novelist Donna Leon, there are two Venices. One is the real Venice inhabited by ordinary Venetians, who know each other's secrets. The other is filled with loud tour guides and attracts up to 20 million visitors a year.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Donna Leon has fashioned another highly successful mystery featuring her very human police detective, Guido Brunetti in the exotic surroundings of Venice.

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This fact gives me pause on the character of Brunetti's boss, the Cavaliere Giuseppi Patta, who treats Brunetti rather like a peon.

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