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Revue de presse

"The multiple award-winning Leon has lost none of her talent for weaving intrigue, and the atmosphere of Venice is as beguiling as ever." (Living North)

"Leon's command of the baroque Italian thriller is second to none." (Good Book Guide)

"An excellent entry in the Brunetti series . There are few detectives with whom I enjoy spending time more and I must now endure the long wait for Leon's next book." (2606 Books)

Présentation de l'éditeur

By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra.

When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn't quite add up.

Taking on the case, the Commissario begins to seek information about some of the library's regulars, such as the ex-priest Franchini, a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature, and Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library's chief donor, and comes to the conclusion that the thief could not have acted alone.

However, when Franchini is found murdered in his home, the case takes a more sinister turn and soon Brunetti finds himself submerged in the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books. Alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra, he delves into the pages of Franchini's past and into the mind of a book thief in order to uncover the terrible truth.

Note: Please be advised that in the end of the book there are blank pages starting from page number 238, this is intentional and not a defect.

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : William Heinemann (3 avril 2014)
  • Collection : Brunetti
  • Langue : Inconnu
  • ISBN-10: 0434023035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434023035
  • Dimensions du produit: 15 x 21 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.2 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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J'ai trouvez que ce n'etait pas au meme niveau des precedents Brunetti de Donna Leon. Brunetti et Venise sont toujours bon, mais, il n'y avait pas assez de contenu pour le prix. J'etais tres decu.
Je ne le donnerai trois etoiles vraiment, mais je ne peux pas dire que je le deteste
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Donna's missing pages 24 juin 2014
Par Kyrusa
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Dear readers,

A thought flashed unbidden into my mind just now, namely:

Can it be sheer coincidence that a book about books with missing pages should itself appear to be a book with missing pages? (Lots of complaints from readers about the sudden end and possibility of pages missing.)

Or could it be an example of self-referentiality, a Donna in-joke, what the French call a "mise en abyme" (like Harry Québert or the long first part of Lemaître's Travail soigné)?

Is this a stretch? Tell me what you think.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 toujours bien 20 avril 2014
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Donna Leon se renouvelle á chaque fois et pourtant le commissaire reste toujours le même!
une promenade á venise et dans le coeur de ses habitants.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Donna leon 28 août 2014
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Ce livre lu en anglais : je n'aime pas beaucoup la façon dont elle écrit, avec trop de détails inutiles et de préchi-précha. mais j'aime bien Brunetti. Je les ai tous lus. Mais les derniers ne sont pas les meilleurs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 New & Improved, Now With More Mystery 17 mars 2014
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
There was a period a few years back when I stopped reading Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries. They seemed to be mysteries that were about everything except a mystery. Sure, I enjoy reading about different occupations, for instance, or social issues, but when reading a mystery, I still am there mainly for a good puzzle and a good story.

Fortunately, Leon seems to have developed a way of writing about the myriad of topics she is interested in, and still write puzzling mysteries with plenty of atmosphere for her old fans. By Its Cover begins right away with a promising crime, the theft of rare books from a Venice library. The pace is leisurely, lots of interviews and chasing down clues, and there's no murder until over halfway through the book. But that's appropriate for the setting, La Serenissima, the Most Serene Republic of Venice. No car chases here.

Though Brunetti seeks computer-wizard Signorina Elettra's help, she is unable to provide easy answers (as she has in past cases), so he has to rely on traditional police methods. This is much more satisfying in my opinion, since there are no magic answers pulled from the internet. Logic and evidence have to do the trick.

Meanwhile, Donna Leon is keeping up an impressive pace of writing lately. In addition to the annual Brunetti mystery, there was a collection of essays last December (My Venice), a non-Brunetti non-murder mystery (The Jewels of Paradise), and coming in April, a book about gondola building and gondola music (Gondola).

(Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for a review copy.)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 donnalet herself down ..... 21 avril 2014
Par p decocco - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As much as we have enjoyed Donna Leone's novels set in Venice and her characters, this one wandered around, seeming lost between the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square. The story line is weak, not up to her own standard, and when the ending occurred I honestly thought my Kindle had jumped ahead, leaving out chapters of suspense and information, but no....that was the end. Much like the story, pages have been stolen....
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 NOT HER BEST EFFORT , NOT BELIEVABLE 15 avril 2014
Par Robert Ferrara - Publié sur Amazon.com
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NOT HER BEST EFFORT
Characters not well drawn or believable. Plot doesn't flow with reality. Ending too tidy and too sudden with not much of an explanation.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Judging books and people by appearances 1 avril 2014
Par Lynne Perednia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Donna Leon's love of books and literature has shone in her Inspector Brunetti mysteries, especially through the character of Brunetti's wife, Paola. In By Its Cover, books as objects are at the heart of the story's mystery.

Because this is a Brunetti story, in which differences matter, a distinction is made between books as art objects and the text contained on the pages of those objects. For rich collectors, the objects have more value. For the Brunettis, who live a book-strewn life in which volumes are left open and upside down, snuggled into cushions of furniture and perhaps even dog-eared, books are far more valuable for what they contain than for their appearance. And because this is a Brunetti story, perhaps this is a way to view people as well.

Brunetti is called to a Venetian scholarly library where old and revered volumes reside. Someone has been cutting out specific pages that are highly valued by collectors, while other rare and costly volumes are missing.

Suspicion immediately falls on a visiting American scholar, whose credentials soon prove to be false. Brunetti would like to speak with another man who spends many hours in the library -- a former priest who reads the works of older religious figures.

Adding to Brunetti's knowledge of this world are a library employee who helps retrieve books, the elegant library director and the woman whose generous donations form part of the damaged and stolen bounty. The benefactress is known to Paola's patrician parents, as is her wastrel stepson. But because she is not Venetian, she is not as valued by the small group that makes up the highest rung of Venetian society.

Donna Leon's compact story delves into the mystery of the underground market of rare books. But By Its Cover also touches on the idea of judging people by their covers, by their outside appearances and background. And because this novel is written by Donna Leon, that touch is light yet incisive.

By Its Cover is a shining example of how an author can keep a long-running crime fiction series fresh, relevant and highly entertaining.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Still love these stories, just not as much 29 avril 2014
Par Wendy Sherman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I feel that, with her last few books, Donna Leon has been phoning it in. The books are shorter, and the stories delve too much into arcane ways of life, way off the mainstream. All our characters are there, Vice Questore Patta, Lieutenant Scarpa, Signorina Electra, Brunetti's faithful assistant Vianello, but they are by now set in stone. No one ever evolves, the books have become too formulaic. I still read them, for Ms. Leon's lovely descriptions of Venice, and because I keep hoping she will regain her enthusiasm and give us a really exciting read. In this book, once the murder was committed, no one else was ever in danger so there was no suspense, no reason to turn the page. I love Commissario Guido Brunetti, but Donna Leon needs to work harder.
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