Donna Leon's multitude of fans around the world has grown with each new Commissario Brunetti novel, and now mystery lovers in the United States can enjoy another compelling episode. In Fatal Remedies , Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. ...
Donna Leon's multitude of fans around the world has grown with each new Commissario Brunetti novel, and now mystery lovers in the United States can enjoy another compelling episode. In Fatal Remedies , Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? And will Brunetti be able to prove his family's innocence before it's too late?
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Donna Leon is one of my favorite novelists; she has a lock on the atmosphere and culture of Venice. All of her novels are located in this wonderful city and often Venice is one of the characters. In this book, however, Venice moves into the background and Guido Brunetti's wife, Paola steps into the limelight.
Guido is a calm force and Paola is a hurricane. She feels things deeply and is horrified by government negligence and/or corruption around her. This time, Paola has a new cause; some factions of the Italian travel industry have created tours where men can ?rape children? in Third World countries. Paola decides to take a stand; she tosses a rock at the large, plate glass window of one of the worst Venice travel companies (a substantial part of their business is in these sex tours).
Thus begins a story in which Paola gets to see the inside of the police business. Her actions endanger her freedom and her husband's career. Still, she goes forward. However, when a murder takes place ? killing the owner of that sex tour business, Paola has to reassess her actions.
Stupid Vice-Questore Patta and his secretary, Signorina Elettra provide much of the humor in these stories; Patta is Guido's boss. Signorina Elettra's take on Bingo (played during the Vice-Questore's never-ending meetings) is not to be missed!
Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and she obviously loves the place and people. However, she has no problem sharing some of the incongruities of the country. She shows that the Italian government moves slowly ? if at all. It's nice to see that other countries have problems too.
I think the reason I love these stories is that they remind me of American life in the 1950's. The spouses really talk to each other; parents see their role in molding their children's character by interacting with them (not sending them to watch TV). Guido's home is the family's refuge from the chaos outside their apartment.
Another thing I enjoy is the insider's look at the Venetians as they eat, live and die. This is a great way to learn about another language, culture and cuisine without leaving your chair!
Apr 26, 2013
Great character & great stories
I can't think of a single one of this series that I haven't loved reading. This is no exception. Guido and his family are wonderful; I'm half in love with Guido himself.
Aug 9, 2007
Another fine Donna Leon book
Fatal Remedies is a marvelous mystery. Like all Donna Leon books it captures the feeling of the city of Venice and the warmth and love of the Brunetti household.
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