Death at La Fenice

Death at La Fenice

Donna Leon / Dec 15, 2019

Death at La Fenice 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 Brune

  • Title: Death at La Fenice
  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN: 9780060740689
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 WelThere 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

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      • Donna Leon

        Donna Leon born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty five years She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College Europe UMUC Europe in Italy, then as a Professor from 1981 to 1999 at the american military base of Vicenza Italy and a writer Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not, by her request, into Italian Her ninth Brunetti novel, Friends in High Places, won the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger in 2000.Series Commissario Brunetti


    1. Death at La Fenice is the 1st book in the exciting Guido Brunetti Series by Donna Leon, set in the beautiful, romantic, mysterious and unique city of Venice.The series features Commissario Guido Brunetti, family man, modest, moral, loyal and philosophical detective extraordinaire.When famed conductor Helmut Wellauer is found dead in his dressing room between Acts 2 and 3 of the of LA TRAVIATA at the La Fenicia theatre, Brunetti is assigned to investigate the murder by cyanide poisoning. He immed [...]

    2. Nažalost, naša publika nije dobro prihvatila ovu autorku i njen serijal knjiga pa je izdavač odustao od daljeg objavljivanja Šteta Donu Leon sam imala prilike da upoznam na jednom sajmu i da RTS-u obezbedim kratko "časkanje" s njom I naravno, ne gubim nadu da će je neko opet objavljivati u Srbiji Da ne poverujete, krimići, ubistva, i prelepa Venecija i publika to ne prihvata :)

    3. Let me start by saying that I love Venice and all things Venetian. I love reading anything that has to do with Venice. So the fact that this book takes place in Venice gave it at least one redeeming quality. I've heard from more than one person that Donna Leon was a good author, but after reading this book, I have serious doubts about that and I'm not sure she deserves a second chance. She set up a great plot and had intruiging characters, but then did nothing with them. I got halfway through th [...]

    4. Well, I've now entered the world of Commissario Guido Brunetti, of the police force of Venice. This is the first of Donna Leon's long-running series set in that fabled city, which is equally a character in the novel. This was an enjoyable beginning with a nice introduction to Brunetti's family, his investigation techniques, many fellow officers, and assorted Venetians of all stripes. His travels around the city give an interesting and occasionally claustrophobic feeling to the place.I enjoyed th [...]

    5. I chose this book, the first in the Commissario Brunetti mystery series, because the setting is Venice, and my family and I will be briefly visiting there soon. Donna Leon does a wonderful job describing the city. If you’re looking for the type of mystery that you can’t put down, this isn’t it. Except for the ending, when it all comes together, this book is more about characters and the setting. A famous, but not particularly likeable conductor is found dead in his dressing room at the La [...]

    6. I have read @ ten of Donna Leon's books and this review reflects my opinion of most of them. Some have a slightly better story, a little more engaging than others, but for the most part, the books are about Brunetti, and about Venezia, and the Italian people.Commissario Guido Brunetti is a deep and interesting character, but he is unlike most detectives you’ll find in American mystery books. Brunetti solves crimes with his wits, and all the while deals with crooked politicians; his independent [...]

    7. I read this because it's set in Venice, a city I've only been to on a dull rainy day in winter, but one I enjoyed visiting very much. The damp only served to heighten the atmosphere and the lack of tourists gave us room to move and explore. The novel does have some nice descriptions of Venice and the Venetians but otherwise I found the writing a bit stilted and the story somewhat predictable. Comissario Guido Brunetti is the detective in charge of investigating the death of a famous German condu [...]

    8. Mein erstes Buch von Donna Leon. Nachdem es schon jahrelang auf meiner to-read Liste stand habe ich es endlich gelesen. Brunetti ist mir super sympathisch. Irgendwie mag ich diese Art von Krimi einfach sehr. Tolle Lektüre.

    9. Leon, Donna. DEATH AT LA FENICE. (1992). ****. This was the author’s first in her series of cases featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti and the city of Venice – so much for my reading the books in order. The mysteries, so far, seem to be low key psychological investigations into various crimes, concentrating on the people behind the crimes rather than on the crimes themselves. In this respect, Ms. Leon ha modeled herself after the novels of George Simenon and his police commissioner Maigret. [...]

    10. Oh I do so love visiting a foreign city and reading this book was as good as wandering around Venice for real. A great character in Commisario Brunetti who comes alive in front of one’s eyes. Great plotting and beautiful descriptions which evoke the reality of Venice. I have not read Brunettin order so starting at the beginning is a bit strange but it feels rather good. I look forward to catching up on the other ones I have missed!

    11. Before I get to the review part, can I ask a question of my friends? I know some of you probably speak Italian, so can someone please tell me how to properly pronounce "Fenice"? With my years of French I automatically go with "Fe-nees", but I suspect the correct pronunciation might be "Fen-nee-che". Whenever I have to say the title out loud I'm never sure if I'm saying it right and always end up waffling between the two options. So it'd be nice if someone could tell me how to say it right. Okay [...]

    12. Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to Venice's La Fenice, the city's premiere opera house, when the infamous maestro Helmut Wallhauer is found dead in his dressing room after intermission. Brunetti must quickly solve this case as the victim's high profile creates added pressure on city officials to provide answers. Brunetti is introduced in this first book of the series and he is an interesting study. His investigation style probably conforms with that of his city's culture, more of a laid bac [...]

    13. I quite enjoyed this little mystery. It's the first in a series taking place in and around Venice. The protagonist is an affable police commissioner who manages to run his investigations his own way, in spite of a blustery clueless boss, all the time adhering to the societal, often archaic, rules and norms of Venice. Some pluses for me - First of all it takes place in Italy, a place I love. There's lots of talk about food and wine, two of my favorite things. I love how everyone here has a glass [...]

    14. Commissario Guido Brunetti makes his debut in this wonderful mystery set in Venice. World-renowned Maestro Helmut Wellauer is taken suddenly ill after the second act of La Traviata – or so management would have the audience believe. But it’s clear to the doctor who volunteers her assistance that the Maestro is beyond help. In fact, he’s quite dead when she arrives at his dressing room. It quickly becomes clear to Brunetti that there are several possible suspects, and that the victim, while [...]

    15. Donna Leon is one of my favourite mystery writers. I love the characters, Commissario Brunetti and his family. Signorina Elletra, the Vice Questore's secretary is my favourite character, a strong, independent woman who is able to infiltrate the corners of bureaucracy to get vital information for Brunetti. The setting of Venice and Italy is interesting; you feel like you are walking along the canals of the city. The decay, decadence, corruption is highlighted, but at the same time, the honour and [...]

    16. Maestro Helmut Wellauer, considered the world's greatest living conductor, is found dead of cyanide poisoning between Acts 2 and 3 of La Traviata at Venice's La Fenice Opera House. Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice police is called in to investigate. There are plenty of suspects since Wellauer made a lot of enemies on his way to the top. An engaging and professional man in his forties, Brunetti is one of the three highest detectives working under Vice-Questore Giuseppi Patta, a pretentiou [...]

    17. I wanted to start a new police procedural series and after doing some research decided to begin the Commissario Brunetti series by Donna Leon. The ratings were high on and Lj, an avid police procedural reader I follow, rated a number of books in the series quite highly.One of my series’ criteria was to have an interesting central character. In a long running series, I want the police officer solving the crime to have a lot of depth, both personal strengths and foibles and to be very human and [...]

    18. Reading this book reminded me why I can't usually find in genre fiction what satisfies me in a novel. I think this is a pretty good example of genre fiction. It does not flaunt, for example, the deliberately awkward and ugly similes characteristic of noir fiction. I recently stopped reading a detective Chen mystery (A case of Two Cities by Qui Xiaolong) after about 30 pages because from time to time blossomed in my path a simile resembling one of those giant Indonesian flowers that look and smel [...]

    19. I have not only another long and complex detective series to devour, but a new destination!The city of Venice is a lead character in these books. Not the tourist city of gondoliers and campaniles, but the little nooks and bars that the residents frequent. The Undercity, as it were, that the guidebooks don't mention. Oh, sure, the Grand Canal is here, as is St Marks and all the rest, but the city is shown as a place where people live, where people love, where people commit murder and all manner o [...]

    20. I love Italy and I've tried reading a few of the Italian masters of crime fiction. I decided to read this because it is on a BBC Book Club list. I was pretty disappointed. Some people might like Donna Leon and I'm sure she has an army of fans but I found the prose stilted and dull, the plot cadaverous and the book stuffed with cliches and dull stereotypes about Italian life and culture. The prose style read as if it had been badly translated from the Italian. turns out the author is an American. [...]

    21. This was a quick read (for me), so to say I didn't enjoy reading it would be wrong. The prose is good enough - better than "boring", but not quite "interesting." As to characterizations, Commissario Guido Brunetti is almost a real person. It's possible he actually becomes one in subsequent books in the series. The problem is that I like mysteries to be mysteries and I correctly identified the perpetrator very early. I think it was in the 2nd chapter. The clues were too obvious. There were some w [...]

    22. I'm gearing up for my first trip to Venice and this book definitely got me in the mood. I enjoyed the descriptions of the city, the differences in how an Italian investigation is run as opposed to the usual American mysteries. If you are looking for a real potboiler, this isn't it. The book seemed more about the people and the places than solving the murder - until the end when suddenly the information all comes together into a resolution. This was a great way to start learning about the city - [...]

    23. I enjoyed this mystery. (One thing I appreciated about it was its length. 270 pages is about right IMHO. Too often today authors write by the pound with little to justify the length.) It was well written and the characters well developed. I can see Commissario Brunetti in my future reading.

    24. This is a so-so murder mystery. It was loaned to me by someone with whom I work because the detective in this series is located in Venice. Then, both my kid's school principal and my mother recommended I read it for the same reason. Honestly, there are apparently another 20 books in the series and I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would read them. This book, while completely readable, is formulaic, predictable and totally acceptable if you have nothing else, but it certainly isn't [...]

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but not as a mystery. Early in, I found that I did not care much about knowing who killed the victim. Like Brunetti, I was much more interested in the people Brunetti encountered as he investigated the murder.

    26. It was okay. I could have written the detective part of the book. Being based in Venice and about people who grew up and live in Venice, that was pretty interesting. But the detective part was pretty weak.

    27. Guido Brunetti is a delight, like always. Adding to this book is the fact that we attended a performance in Teatro La Fenice and stayed at the hotel of the same name next door.

    28. I really enjoyed this book, partly because I will be in Venice this spring so wanted to learn more about life there and the city itself. Death at the Fenice did not disappoint in that regard; in fact, it painted a picture of day to day life in that magical city. Commissioner Brunetti must solve a high profile crime--the murder of a highly respected symphony conductor during intermission at the Fenice. As Brunetti methodically interviews all possible suspects, the reader learns, or is reminded, a [...]

    29. First in the Commisario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]At La Fenice, Venice s renowned opera house, the curtain is ready to go up for the final act of Verdi s La Traviata. Everyone is ready and waiting, but the conductor, the world famous Helmut Wellauer, doesn t appear--because he is dead, of cyanide poisoning, in his dressing room.[return][return]Enter Commisario (Chief Inspector) Guido Brunetti, a compassionate, idealistic but realistic Venetian. Aspects of the cas [...]

    30. I enjoyed this book a lot; sat down and read it in a day. As is often the case, I came back to the first book in a series after having read a few of the later ones. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not – but at least I know that I like the later ones. This is indeed the first book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, set in and featuring the city of Venice. But strangely for me, it immediately featured a character (Brett Lynch) who had already featured in one of the subsequent b [...]

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