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A Question of Belief: (Brunetti 19) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. April 2010

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Some authors -- even the best -- can show varying levels of consistency in their books, and sometimes deliver less than their top work. Which is why Donna Leon is considered one of the most reliable practitioners in the field -- so consistently high is the standard of her books. One might imagine by now that she would be repeating herself in her highly entertaining series of novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, but there is little evidence of that. Leon, an American expat who has chosen to relocate herself to Venice (where she is friendly with such talented people as the singer Cecilia Bartoli), utilises her knowledge of her adopted city to great effect. As in the latest outing for Brunetti, A Question of Belief.

Venice is sweltering in a heat wave, and Leon's doughty copper is looking forward to getting away from the city and relaxing with his family in the relative cool of the mountains. But his colleague Ispettore Vianello has other things on his mind than the weather; his aunt, seemingly befuddled by an obsessive belief in horoscopes and astrology, has been siphoning off considerable amount of cash from the family business. Vianello asks Brunetti if it would be possible to trail her -- and this unorthodox investigation points the detectives in the direction of one Stefano Gorini. This beneficiary of the aunt’s largesse is not everything that he seems.

At the same time, it appears that there have been irregularities in the courts. At the Tribulane, an usher with a previously spotless reputation, Fontana, has been involved in suspicious business with a judge, Luisa Coltellini -- it appears that justice has a price. And then Fontana is brutally killed. Brunetti and Vianello now have more than enough problems to keep them even busier than usual.

Apart from the usual impeccable plotting, there is the customarily sharp evocation of Venice (something, of course, that Leon can do with one hand tied behind her back). This is not, perhaps, the most sheerly entertaining in the series -- but with the issues of faith and corruption it addresses, it is one of the most provocative. --Barry Forshaw

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"Leon's books are a joy, and the 19th Venice-based Commissario Brunetti novel is well up to her consistently high standard" (Guardian)

"Leon excels in the claustrophobia of families, the Italian class system and the sinister aspects of Venice that the tourists don't see" (Marcel Berlins The Times)

"To read a Donna Leon novel is to have an armchair holiday in her lovingly described Venice, in the company of an old friend - the amiable Commissario Brunetti . . . Leon never fails to impress with her carefully wrought plots and believable characters" (Daily Mail)

"Knowingness, or an illusion of knowingness, is essential to successful crime-writing . . . Donna Leon has mastered this technique perfectly" (Jonathan Keates TLS)

"Donna Leon has established a special hold on the reader's imagination, so it is almost easier to imagine the Commissario returning to lunch with his feisty wife, just round the corner, than almost any other fiction character in the immortal (we hope) city. . . A Question of Belief is particularly enjoyable...Donna Leon's great skill is to invest the characters in her crime novels with a kind of humanity, even the wrongdoers. . . [a] marvellous evocation of the magic city, and its inhabitants of all types" (Antonia Fraser The Lady)

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"Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?" -- Proverbs 6:27-28 (NKJV)

I love this book! If you liked any books in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, you must be sure to read A Question of Belief.

The descriptions of what it is like to be in Venice during the dog days of summer while you dodge tourists and pigeons couldn't be finer. The book also contains two intriguing mysteries that will easily hold your attention to the end. In addition, Ms. Leon does a superb job of developing the relationships among the characters in ways that will draw you more deeply into the story.

As the book jacket indicates, Brunetti is drawn into two eyebrow-raising situations by others. One is a reliable member of the local Venetian bureaucracy and the other is Brunetti's colleague, Ispettore Vianello. Such men cannot be ignored. In addition, other events intervene to force Brunetti's hand . . . just as he's about to enjoy his dreams of sleeping comfortably in the cold, crisp air of the Alps.

At first blush, both situations seem to be simple to understand, but difficult to change. Alas, that's like believing that one of those mirrors that makes everyone seem tall and thin is the truth.

Before the book ends, Brunetti has a murder mystery to drag him all over Venice in mid-day. You'll sweat along with him while he tracks down the truth. Even if it reminds you of summer weather, read the book on a pleasant day and you'll find the descriptions to be fun to contemplate. Also, you'll remember to take care when you visit Venice. I can well remember continually seeking air conditioning during one August there. Here's a tip: The Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in her former home on the Grand Canal is nice and cool. You have to keep art cool. It's good for the people, too.

Enjoy!
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The nineteenth Donna Leon novel follows an established pattern, thus there are two deaths in two different plots, one a murder, the other one a suicide. Neither will be brought into court, the one because the murderer cannot be ascertained among two potential ones , the other because the cause of any suicide cannot be linked to a particular person although the true culprit is known. This does not exclude some surprises Leon has in store for Brunetti, basically the hidden characteristics which the murderers and their victims have in common.

Unresolved causae are meanwhile the trademark of any Donna Leon novel. Some readers find this dull. I, for one, think highly of the predictability of the eventual resolution of the cases as it gives me room to assess better the other virtues of the novels. Among those virtues I find the ever changing scenery of Venice each novel evokes, this time sweltering heat. Another virtue are the personal circumstances of the Brunetti family, this time vacationing in the Alto Adige or, to the German reader, Südtirol. A third one is the growing personal relationship with, and confidence in, Ispettore Vianello. Not surprising is also the almost fabulous ingenuity of Signorine Elettra whose 'reflections on honesty' become the subject of almost a full chapter. And Commissario Griffoni, the elegant young lady, is again shown in an action useful to Brunetti although her character has yet to be developed. A true cameo is the description of an argument of two lawyers before a judge which Brunetti cannot hear but is being observed by him. This passage alone made the reading of this novel worth while to me.
A well earned five-star from me.
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Donna Leon ist immer wieder für Überraschungen gut. Diesmal wird die des Mordes schuldige Person tatsächlich der Justiz zugeführt. Auch spielt sich das Grauen im tierärztlichen Milieu vor unseren Augen ab und wird nicht nur angedeutet. Das Mordopfer ist sozusagen (pardon Bertolt Brecht) der "Heilige Johannes der Schlachthöfe." Und Signorina Elettra bekommt Gelegenheit, ihre Überzeugungen vor einem mehr und mehr skeptischen Brunetti darzulegen. Donna Leon ist in diesem Krimi wieder in Bestform.
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Von Villette TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 3. September 2012
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In Venedig ist die Hitze unerträglich. Sogar die Verbrecher sind müde geworden. Brunetti bricht ohne schlechtes Gewissen mit seiner Familie in den Sommerurlaub auf. Doch er hat sich zu früh gefreut. Mitten auf dem Weg wird er zurückgerufen. Ein Beamter der Stadt wurde erschlagen aufgefunden. Fall eins, den es zu klären gibt. Mit Fall zwei beschäftigt Brunetti sich so nebenbei. Die Tante von Inspektor Vianello scheint einem Wahrsager in die Fänge geraten zu sein. Sie trägt das ganze Geld der Familie hin. Dass Brunetti es mit Betrug, Korruption und Ehre zu tun bekommt, ist klar. Klar ist auch, dass Vice-Questore Patta ihm jeden erdenklichen Stein in den Weg legt, den er nur finden kann. Klar ist auch, dass Signorina Elettra Brunetti mit allen nur erdenklichen illegalen Computertricks und Spitzeln an den richtigen Stellen weiterhilft. Klar ist auch, dass es immer wieder um leckeres Essen geht, um den Ärger über die Touristen, über die schöne Stadt, das Genießen, die Familie usw. Alles, was man von den Brunetti-Krimis gewohnt ist, wird hier bedient. Sogar das Ende, über das ich natürlich nichts verraten will. Ein schlechtes Buch ist "A Question of Belief" nicht. Ich habe es sehr gern gelesen. Aber Überraschungen fehlen etwas. Es ist gute Standardkost.
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