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Blood from a Stone


On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a man is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. The closest witnesses to the event are the ... Show synopsis

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Investigating Murder in Venice Could be Dangerous

by jjares on May 16, 2014

Although I love Donna Leon?s Brunetti stories, this one took considerable time to unwind. The problem seems clear enough ? a young, illegal Senegalese street peddler is professionally murdered in the streets of Venice, in front of dozens of tourists. Commissario Brunetti starts to investigate the murder when he gets opposition from his superior ? Vice-Questore Patta seriously opposes this investigation. As he continues to investigate, he realizes this isn?t just about the death of a single street peddler. One of the most interesting parts of this particular story was Brunetti?s coming to realize that he could personally be in danger by investigating this murder. When an old friend of his father?s (a noted jewel merchant), tries to help Guido get info and is followed, Brunetti realizes he is putting people he cares about in jeopardy. Guido?s family is here and they often add a bit of humor to a deadly serious story. They also show Guido to be a caring, compassionate human ? not just a bloodhound on the trail of murder. Once the reader sees that serious danger is involved, it raises the ante on Guido?s need to find the truth. Guido Brunetti Series 1. Death at La Fenice (1992) 2. Death in a Strange Country (1993) 3. The Anonymous Venetian (1994) aka Dressed for Death 4. A Venetian Reckoning (1995) aka Death and Judgment 5. Acqua Alta (1996) aka Death in High Water 6. The Death of Faith (1997) aka Quietly in Their Sleep 7. A Noble Radiance (1997) 8. Fatal Remedies (1999) 9. Friends in High Places (2000) 10. A Sea of Troubles (2001) 11. Willful Behaviour (2002) 12. Uniform Justice (2003) 13. Doctored Evidence (2004) 14. Blood from a Stone (2005) 15. Through a Glass Darkly (2006)


Lowkey Italian Police Procedural

by BookPrincess on Jul 7, 2011

This book starts out very slowly but can quickly reel you in and get you involved with the story. It gave us several good subjects for discussion in our book group.



by Gail on Apr 10, 2009

The theme is now familiar, but Donna Leon makes it personal for Commissair Guido Brunetti as he endures corruption and futility to solve the mystery of the murder of an outsider who is never really identified.

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