Do I need to read the Commissario Brunetti series in order?
Joyce Not necessarily in terms of plot as each one is free standing. More in terms of Brunetti family. But series works either way. See 1 question about Fatal Remedies…. Lists with This Book.
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? A bank robbery investigation, a few murders, child sex slave market, selling of pharmaceuticals to Africa, corruption. The plot moves in a somewhat slow but never boring pace, with some surprises that one never expects. I love the way the characters are written, both main and secondary ones. The daily family and work life of a policeman, how Brunetti deals in his philosophical manner, with the corruption and the inefficiency of the Italian crime force.
I had to share this with you - Signorina Elletra greatest character description — just as I have always thought her to be like!!! She allocates resources, manages the bureaucratic details of police activity and serves as a buffer between her boss and the outside world. She can and does make things happen or not happen at the questura, and sometimes her ability to do that seems almost miraculous. But she generally remains pleasant, helpful and professional. But make no mistake: Signorina Elettra is no pushover. As I said, she is the real driving force of the questura, and she finds ways to make things work.
And Signorina Elettra is well-connected enough to find out anything that either of the two police sleuths needs to do the job. She knows people in every government department, in many law firms and in lots of other places too. In many of the novels in this series, Brunetti finds that all he has to do is ask Signorina Elettra for background information or data and almost before he knows it, he gets what he needs. She knows that Brunetti and Vianello want to do their jobs well and that they are good cops.
She also knows that they can be trusted and the feeling is mutual.
So the three are strong allies as Brunetti and Vianello investigate their cases. Signorina Elettra is independent, a strong character and a highly skilled administrator and computer expert. She always manages to get things done without raising her voice. And that takes skill. Commissario Brunetti solves the case and so he continues on his quest to upholding the law.
That is what makes this series such a pleasure to read. Sep 17, Jeanette rated it liked it. This one made me sad. Paola's attitude didn't help. She has potential to be a champion in the "hater" category, IMHO. For a valid reason, but her hatred is always defused in a wider arena and there is usually friendly fire damage. The Mafia repercussions were dire, and some of the mood setting conversations with witnesses and in between police departments was 2 star enjoyment reading.
Guido's daughter being 12 and asking some innocent questions This one made me sad. Guido's daughter being 12 and asking some innocent questions was good. But the highlight for this book, for me, was Elettra's bingo game devised to keep them all awake and appearing as if they were attending during their mandatory "awareness discussions" and "multi-cultural" conclusions upon departmental solidarity.
Having the coins become the markers and making it into a long shot type of gambling at the same time was ingenuous. We used to do that too at my university admins meetings. Paradigm was the word that was always the free space word in the middle for admins OR for faculty at ours. We play a similar game at home to Elettra's when we are watching White Sox games, but only when Hawk Harrelson is the announcer. Party visitors get two cards because some of them don't know when the exact words might be coming up in his calls as they are not decades long fans.
He uses numerous country twang words for different baseball plays. Can of Corn is the middle space- it's a given. My youngest son always makes out the cards. But we have never used coins for markers- or had winner take all- as in the example in which Elettra's quiet "Bingo" resounded upon the occasion of Patta using the word "accessed". And her Dingo explanation was an excellent wing it response too! Reminding others of another worthy cause for consolidation or for "awareness" or group empathy for the department is always a full proof counter play. The murders were horrific and brutal in this book- and the Mafia relentless in follow ups.
Also there is immense corruption evident in consequences all around. In Italy, in Venice. And the Southerner from Salerno who does say he will "witness" pays dearly. So this one seemed most Leon pedestrian in the writing, while being gloom and doom negative in mood. It ended with Brunetti trying to make the "trouble" better with Paola actually recognizing that fact aloud.
But it seemed, to me, that there was as little hope as keeping the little girls safe at the other end of those sex trade flights. Mar 15, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: It was time for another "fix" of Donna Leon. It has probably been a year since I've read one of her Commissario Brunetti novels and I've really missed him. The plot is always well conceived, but the real pleasure is in the family dynamic of the Brunetti's, his philosophical and moral musings, and his meanderings around Venice. And, when I talk about the family dynamic I suppose I mean his "work family" too.
The relationships at the office are so real and so entertaining that I think they are my f It was time for another "fix" of Donna Leon. The relationships at the office are so real and so entertaining that I think they are my favorite aspects to Leon's series. Anyone who has ever worked for an incompetent, but ego driven, boss will revel in his relationship with his superior officer.
And the most superior secretary, Signorina Elettra, will be a familiar type to any reader who has taken note that the real power in an office is often not with the assigned leader, but with his or her assistant. I can't imagine tiring of Donna Leon's wonderful series. I hope she writes dozens more.
Aug 11, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: Huge fan of this series and Commissario Brunetti and especially of Signorina Eletra? My favorite part was the "buzz word bingo" she invented for the office to play during the weekly meetings. Definitely will be instituting that at my work place soon.
As for the mystery -- it was not traditional and it was a little hard to follow, but believable in that aspect. I appreciated the glimpse into the compicated relationship between Guido and Paola and the issues of two people taking very firm stands Huge fan of this series and Commissario Brunetti and especially of Signorina Eletra? I appreciated the glimpse into the compicated relationship between Guido and Paola and the issues of two people taking very firm stands on their positions on important questions of law and morality -- especially when the two concepts are at odds.
The question of the tentacles of the Mafia in so many aspects of Italian life was also an interesting one to explore. But really -- even if I had not enjoyed the book and I did , it would have been a great read just for the "buzz word bingo. Apr 22, Deanna rated it really liked it. Strongest of the series that I've read so far. Exploring the character of Brunetti's wife was rewarding. Jan 28, Max rated it really liked it. Favourite of the series so far! Apr 20, Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing Shelves: She s thrown a rock through the window of a travel agency, protesting its knowing complicity in sex tourism to third world countries, where children are prostituted to pederasts.
While in sympathy with her rage, Paola has broken the law and put Brunetti in a lose-lose situation; not only is he in a massive argument with Paula, he is put on administrative leave by Vice-Questore Patta because he refuses to either deceive his wife or make deals for her, insisting the she and she alone has to decide whether and how to settle. The whole thing becomes a media circus, a nightmare for the family.
Leon has taken yet another social issue--sex tourism in third world countries--and has woven an incredible discussion of the different views of the morality of action by means of the very real argument between Brunetti and Paola. There is absolutely nothing forced or preachy or phony about it, and it works like a charm, not only to illuminate the issue but to give incredible depth and intensity to the story. The plot itself is one of her best; there is an unusual amount of action in it, since Leon prefers to write character-driven, real-life stories in a small Italian city that is relatively crime-free.
The denouement is very well done, and is a surprise, a satisfying one. Mar 19, June Ahern rated it it was amazing.
Fatal remedies A of powerful look into the marriage of police DetectiveCommissario Guido Brunetti and his professor wife Paola and their marriage problems and and strong differences. This is one of author Donna Leon's most engaging and intriguing novels offers series of the Italian detective earnestly. Every page is riveting with the issues of corruption, social moral and immoral issues and behavior, and unpleasant but real look at political posturing.
At some point you as the reader will find Fatal remedies A of powerful look into the marriage of police DetectiveCommissario Guido Brunetti and his professor wife Paola and their marriage problems and and strong differences. At some point you as the reader will find that you also have to take a stand.
Who would play him though? This book is a most intriguing whodunit story. As a fan of Ms. The Skye in June Apr 02, Cherie rated it really liked it. To begin with, I have to confess that I love Venice.
So any story that takes place there is likely to please me. Also, I love a good whodunit. Nothing's better for curling up with and relaxing. Still, Donna Leon's stories have something special. Maybe it's her detective, Commissario Brunetti. He's an extremely wise and cool person.
A murder mystery's effectiveness depends on the personality of the detective, and Brunetti is extremely simpatico. Maybe it's the way her ripped-from-the-E. Actually, I think it's because it's through the eyes of Brunetti and his unforgettable friends and family that we observe these things. Riding along in his boat is a bit like following Virgil through the Inferno: I think this might win a non sequitur contest: Was marriage the ultimate mystery?
Her writing is banal, the plotting slack. We begin the book with sex tourism Brunetti's wife has vandalized a travel agency that sends men to Asia to hook up with underage prostitutes and end it with expired pharmaceuticals being sold to Th I think this might win a non sequitur contest: We begin the book with sex tourism Brunetti's wife has vandalized a travel agency that sends men to Asia to hook up with underage prostitutes and end it with expired pharmaceuticals being sold to Third World countries. I feel like I've seen both tropes thousands of times, and they're not getting any fresher.
Apr 17, Susan Bernhardt rated it really liked it. Fatal Remedies is the eighth book in the Commissario Brunetti series and the eight book of Donna Leon's that I've read. All of Leon's characters are well described, seem real and she does a great job of weaving the story with the characters. I love the character development over the series.
Fatal Remedies concentrated more on Paola, Brunetti's wife than any of the others books that I've read. I love reading about Brunetti's family as much as the actual mystery, although the mystery parts have al Fatal Remedies is the eighth book in the Commissario Brunetti series and the eight book of Donna Leon's that I've read. I love reading about Brunetti's family as much as the actual mystery, although the mystery parts have always been superb.
And I love Venice the setting for the series. View all 4 comments. Apr 20, Anne added it. I love mysteries, but I had to scale back from the Mary Higgins Clark-violence-against-women type books. The series takes place in Venice and the author, Donna Leon, gives us a peak into the red-tape and politics of this wonderful city. The main character is police commisario Guido Brunetti.
We get a peek into his police work and his home life throughout the books. Not all the mysteries are tied up in neat little packages at the end, but that's what makes this series so enjoyable. Oct 13, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One of my favorite of the series. The relationship between Brunetti and his wife Paola is explored and a troubling disagreement between the two leads to Paola committing a crime as a point of conscience.
Leon explores the tensions that can befall the best marriage. Every time I open a Donna Leon book with a fresh Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, I am always taken by the pace, the interactions and the human side of every decision and action. Even more than the mystery -- which is usually very good -- its how Brunetti deals with family, co-workers, victims, witnesses and adversaries that makes the story so rich.
I like all the characters but in this one, but this time, I have little understanding of Commissario Guido Brunetti's wife, Paola, a college profe Every time I open a Donna Leon book with a fresh Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, I am always taken by the pace, the interactions and the human side of every decision and action. I like all the characters but in this one, but this time, I have little understanding of Commissario Guido Brunetti's wife, Paola, a college professor who decides to break the front window of a travel agency in protest to their supposed sex-tourism trade.
The first time she does it, Brunetti is able to walk her away from being charged with the crime, but she persists in her assumption that such vandalism is going to make a hill of beans difference. And the second time, she is charged with the crime. It is only after that and the resulting newspaper coverage of her, a professor married to a police officer, who does this crime; and the actions of the police force and newspaper reporters with her husband, that she gains an inkling of what she has done.
For a smart woman, she seems extremely stupid and naive in this book. And a bit unworthy of the husband that she has, frankly, in my opinion. The on the heels of the crimes, the publicity and continued fallout, there's a murder that appears to be connected to her actions. Brunette has been suspended from work but called back to deal with the crime audits up to him to prove what is the truth of the matter: Sep 16, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: Brunetti is called into the station to find that his wife has been arrested for an act of vandalism.
He manages to smoothe things over, but Paola is determined to do something about travel agencies facilitating sex tourism and vows to keep vandalising their premises until her actions have an effect - much to Brunetti's dismay, who finds himself in serious trouble at work and besieged by the press when the story is leaked to them as Paola breaks another agency's shop window. Then the owner of one Brunetti is called into the station to find that his wife has been arrested for an act of vandalism.
Then the owner of one of the businesses she targeted winds up murdered, and at first glance his death appears to be related to Paola's crusade Another quick and entertaining read that kept me guessing. May 22, Judy rated it really liked it. Locations Reset Italy A: Venice - Campo Manin - travel agency B: Venice - Campo San Polo C: Venice - Ai Greci bar - Brunetti's local D: Venice - Brunetti's office. Travel Guide An unassuming travel agency in the city of Venice is the setting for the latest Brunetti installment and it proves to be one like no other. Fruit of the Drunken Tree s: During the Escobar war on Colombia, two women forge a potentially dangerous friendship..
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