Acqua Alta: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

By Donna Leon

In Leon's 5th Commissario Guido Brunetti secret, the thrashing of well known artwork historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch attracts the modern Venetian police detective out of his hot and loving domestic and into the once a year onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential iciness rains.

Brett, an American who spearheaded a up to date exhibition of chinese language pottery in Venice, lives along with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of l. a. Scala. together with his open brain and reliable experience, Brunetti reveals himself extra fazed by way of Flavia's breathtaking expertise than by way of the nontraditional courting among the 2 ladies. Brunetti's planned and humane research to discover a cause for Brett's beating takes him to darkish, rainy corners of Venice and right into a sinister net of artwork robbery, fakery and base human desires.

“Every fan’s first-pick Brunetti novel.” —The New Yorker

“Music and artwork mingle delightfully with homicide and mayhem during this very enticing story.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A sophisticated learn of emotion and personality… a cosmopolitan mystery.” —Library Journal

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Captivating, wealthy, good-looking. And completely vicious. ’ ‘That’s what’s so risky approximately him. He’s good-looking and intensely wealthy, and lots of of the scholars may kill to be obvious with a marchese, regardless, of what a bit shit he's. so that they ape him and repeat his evaluations. ’ ‘But why are you so troubled approximately him now? ’ ‘Because the following day I start with Whitman and Dickinson, I informed you. ’ Brunetti knew they have been poets; had learn the 1st and never cherished him, stumbled on Dickinson tough yet, while he understood, remarkable. He shook his head back and forth, soliciting for an evidence. ‘Whitman used to be homosexual, and Dickinson most likely was once, too. ’ ‘And that kind of factor isn't on il marchesino’s checklist of appropriate behaviour? ’ ‘To say the very least,’ answered Paola. ‘That’s why i need first of all that citation. ’ ‘You imagine anything like that would make any distinction? ’ ‘No, most likely not,’ she admitted, sitting down in her chair and commencing to straighten out a number of the mess on her table. Brunetti sat within the armchair opposed to the wall and stretched his ft out in entrance of him. Paola persevered last books and putting magazines on neat piles. ‘I had a flavor of an identical today,’ he acknowledged. She stopped what she was once doing and regarded throughout at him. ‘What do you suggest? ’ ‘Someone who didn’t like gays. ’ He paused after which extra, ‘Patta. ’ Paola closed her eyes for moment, then requested, ‘What was once it? ’ ‘Do you keep in mind Dottoressa Lynch? ’ ‘The American? the single who’s in China? ’ ‘Yes to the 1st, and no to the second one. She’s again right here. I observed her this present day, within the health center. ’ ‘What’s the problem? ’ Paola requested with genuine challenge, arms grown by surprise nonetheless over her books. ‘Someone beat her. good, males, quite. They went to her position on Sunday, stated they'd come on enterprise, and while she allow them to in, they beat her. ’ ‘How badly is she harm? ’ ‘Not as badly as she might have been, thank God. ’ ‘What does that suggest, Guido? ’ ‘She’s obtained a cracked jaw, and some damaged ribs, and a few undesirable scrapes. ’ ‘If you think that that’s now not undesirable, I tremble to consider what may be,’ Paola stated, then requested, ‘Who did it? Why? ’ ‘It may need anything to do with the museum, however it may have whatever to do with what my American colleagues insist on calling her “lifestyle”. ’ ‘You suggest that she’s a lesbian? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘But that’s insane. ’ ‘Agreed. yet none the fewer actual. ’ ‘Is it beginning the following? ’ essentially, rhetorical. ‘I concept that kind of factor occurred purely in the United States. ’ ‘Progress, my pricey. ’ ‘But what makes you are saying that’s the explanation? ’ ‘She stated that the lads knew approximately her and Signora Petrelli. ’ Paola may perhaps by no means withstand a set-up. ‘Before she went again to China many years in the past, you are going to have had difficulty discovering someone in Venice who didn’t learn about her and Signora Petrelli. ’ extra literal-minded, Brunetti protested, ‘That’s an exaggeration. ’ ‘Well, might be. yet there has been definitely speak on the time,’ Paola insisted. Having corrected Paola as soon as, Brunetti used to be content material to go away it.

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