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Wilful Behaviour

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When one of his wife's Paola's students comes to visit him, with a strange and vague interest in investigating the possibility of a pardon for a ... Show synopsis

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AnthonyJ

Another Rave Brunetti Pursuit

by AnthonyJ on Nov 5, 2009

Brunetti moves along in pedestrian fashion, with a number of assists from his inside friends, and prods from his police boss, again. We always have to wait until the last chapter to get it all together, and reflect -- now why didn't I think of that. Wilful Behavior is not exception...it was exhilrating to read. Thanks, Donna...your skill at telling a story is ACES! Tony

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leonlover

Another GREAT Brunetti mystery

by leonlover on Oct 15, 2009

I recommend you start with Death at La Fenice and read all the wonderful Commissario Brunetti murder mysteries. Donna Leon takes you to Venice and other Italian locations as she tells of Brunetti, his family and coworkers, and others. It is an experience that shouldn't be missed.

ferrellwells

Donna Leon's Venice Mysteries

by ferrellwells on Feb 5, 2009

Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors. So far as I know, I've read all of her Commissario Guido Brunetti Venitian Mysteries, which by my count currently number seventeen. (Pease note that some books have different titles, depending on where they have been published.) I was fortunate to have lived in Italy for a few years. Leon is an American who has lived in Venice for the past few decades but her love for her adopted home shows in almost deeper understanding of nuances of Venetian culture than might be the case with many native Italians. For example, I am intrigued by her insight into the use of local dialect, which exist variously throughout Italy. When I lived in Southern Italy (Brindisi) I once asked a friend how he chose between using dialect and Italian. He responded that he and long-time friends used dialect when they wanted to recall the joy of their youth. Leon's Commissario Brunetti often uses Venitian dialect to put locals at ease that he "is one of them" and not some stranger from a more "foreign" part of Italy (especialy from Rome or further south). This being said generally about Leon's mysteries, Wiful Behavior is one of the best in the series. Each mystery tends to incorporate a significant criminal or social problem, such as illegal art traffic, illegal immigrantion, environmental contamination, etc. Wilful Behavior addresses art lost by Italian Jews during World War II. Leon has developed Brunetti as someone I really care about, to include his family and associates, even though he and they have their true-to-life foibles. Specifically, I read these stories more for enjoying their Venitian lives than I do for the specifics of the particular crimes at hand. I usually keep a Venitian map at hand so that I can trace where action is taking place. In summary, these are books that you should read if you wanted to get a feeling for what it is like to live in Venice, with the particular mysteries being icing on the cake.

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ferrellwells

Donna Leon's Venice Mysteries

by ferrellwells on Feb 5, 2009

Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors. So far as I know, I've read all of her Commissario Guido Brunetti Venitian Mysteries, which by my count currently number seventeen. (Pease note that some books have different titles, depending on where they have been published.) I was fortunate to have lived in Italy for a few years. Leon is an American who has lived in Venice for the past few decades but her love for her adopted home shows in almost deeper understanding of nuances of Venetian culture than might be the case with many native Italians. For example, I am intrigued by her insight into the use of local dialect, which exist variously throughout Italy. When I lived in Southern Italy (Brindisi) I once asked a friend how he chose between using dialect and Italian. He responded that he and long-time friends used dialect when they wanted to recall the joy of their youth. Leon's Commissario Brunetti often uses Venitian dialect to put locals at ease that he "is one of them" and not some stranger from a more "foreign" part of Italy (especialy from Rome or further south). This being said generally about Leon's mysteries, Wiful Behavior is one of the best in the series. Each mystery tends to incorporate a significant criminal or social problem, such as illegal art traffic, illegal immigrantion, environmental contamination, etc. Wilful Behavior addresses art lost by Italian Jews during World War II. Leon has developed Brunetti as someone I really care about, to include his family and associates, even though he and they have their true-to-life foibles. Specifically, I read these stories more for enjoying their Venitian lives than I do for the specifics of the particular crimes at hand. I usually keep a Venitian map at hand so that I can trace where action is taking place. In summary, these are books that you should read if you wanted to get a feeling for what it is like to live in Venice, with the particular mysteries being icing on the cake.

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