Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta

Book - 2009
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As Venice braces for a winter storm, the Italian sleuth Commissario Guido Brunetti finds out that an old friend has been savagely beaten at the palazzo home of a reigning diva. Then, as flood waters rise, a corpse is discovered. Brunetti must wade through the chaotic city to solve his deadliest case yet.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780143115908
Branch Call Number: LEO
Characteristics: 295 pages.


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Oct 03, 2017

Enjoyable addition to the series highlighting Venice. Rain and wind driven water surges are flooding Venice, but there is murder amonst art thieves that keep Commissario Brunetti busy.

Dec 09, 2016

(The fifth book in the Guido Brunetti series)

Sep 11, 2014

One of the pleasures of this Brunetti novel is the reappearance of archaeologist Brett, who brought the Xian exhibit to Venice a few years ago, and her lover Flavia, diva at Milan and all over the opera world. The novel opens with the severe beating of Brett in her own home by two unknown men, who warn her not to keep her appointment with the head of Venice's major museum, where the Xian exhibit was held. Brunetti visits her in the hospital as a friend, but when the head of the museum is murdered, he is assigned to the case. Brett had just learned that a few of the pots are fakes, which is what brings her from Xian to discuss the matter with the museum director. His death makes her rethink the accidental death in China of her assistant, who packed the exhibit in Venice for its return to China. Brunetti gets embroiled in the art world and the Mafia, as he tries to learn who would substitute fakes for the real thing. One of the best, for its character development, including that of the bad guys, Brunetti's maturing children, and his co workers, including the highly moral Signorina Elettra, who uses means Brunetti is sure are illegal to help him bring down the perps, in the middle of Venice's annual super-high tides.

Jan 16, 2012

After reading Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti books I long to go back to Venice to see and absorb all the intriguing things I was completely unaware of in previous visits.

Aug 02, 2011

fun, entertaining, lightweight mystery with interesting characters set in atmospheric Venice

Jul 28, 2011

Good mystery series.
Excellent descriptions of Venice.

May 22, 2011

Commissario Guido Brunetti series
Wife & daughter

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