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Drawing Conclusions: (Brunetti 20) (Commissario Brunetti) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Donna Leon
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"[Leon's] portrait of Venice and modern Italy is, as always, captivating...The lively conversations between...characters, displaying Leon's sly humour, are a delight. Her novels are really studies in human nature, both good and bad, and as a result are far more interesting than mere tales of shooty-shooty bang bang." (Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard)

"Beautifully written, as you would expect from Leon." (http://crimeandpublishing.com/2011/04/16/donna-leon-drawing-conclusions/)

"Andrew Sachs could read me anything - that mellifluous voice compels you to listen! Not hard with crime novelist Donna Leon's DRAWING CONCLUSIONS. The setting is Italy and Leon's Commissario Brunetti is again the star as he investigates the death of Constanza Altavilla. Plenty of satisfactory twists and turns, and with more about the secrets we all hide, the small infringements of law we are all guilty of, than guns and blood and bodies, it makes perfect summer listening." (Kati Nicholl Daily Express)

"With characteristic skill, Leon draws together multiple threads and a well-rounded cast, while her restrained prose gives equal weight to the protagonist's nebulous suspicions...So subtly does Leon's narrative develop that we are unaware of having formed impressions, until, as imperceptibly as she pointed us in one direction, she spins us round to face another. With the steady, unsentimental style that has become her signature, Donna Leon keeps us hesitating until the last corner is turned." (TLS)

"More elegant, understated crime fighting from the mistress of La Serinissima...A welcome return to the comfortable characters and locations that her fans have come to love." (The Independent)

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A young woman returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour dead on the floor. A heart attack seems the likely cause, but Commissario Brunetti is not so sure and decides to take a closer look. Soon he discovers that she was part of an organization that cares for abused women and that her apartment was a safe-house.

Convinced that this is the lead he has been looking for, Brunetti begins his search for answers. But as he sets out to discover the truth behind her death, he is drawn into a decades-old story of lies and deceit that has blighted love and ruined lives - and has claimed this innocent woman as its newest victim. Brunetti's investigation takes him deep into the dark heart of his beloved Venice.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Différent 18 mai 2011
Par Suparisis
Très différent des oeuvres précédentes. Pas vraiment de suspense. Une analyse des vieux et de leurs souvenirs, coupables ou non.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Top quality thrillers 18 mai 2011
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Donna Leon is extraordinary. A dozen or more books set in Venice, all great characters. One of the few authors you want to re-read and re-read again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The conclusion I've drawn about this 20th in the series? That it's one of Brunetti's best. 26 mars 2011
Par Sharon Isch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The retired school teacher certainly had heart trouble, as her medicine chest would attest, and she clearly died of a heart attack as the autopsy would prove. So why is Commissario Guido Brunetti suspicious? Well, there's something about those odd marks on her body and the bloody gash to her head...could something or someone frightful have precipitated that heart attack? And where are the pictures that should be hanging from those nails on the walls? And why is the chest in the guest bedroom full of unopened packages of women's underwear in three different sizes and of a kind the dead woman wouldn't have been caught dead in? And why is her son, the Patta family veterinarian, so jumpy?

While the other Brunetti novels all feature two unrelated cases, this 20th in the series has just one case, but two unrelated avenues for investigating it--a group that shelters battered women and an old folks' home--each of which will take some strange and unexpected turns. Also unlike the others, the self important Venetian powerbrokers who specialize in interfering with Brunetti's investigations and keeping their corrupt pals out of jail have nothing to get up in arms about this time. Of course it just wouldn't be a "Donna Leon" without some swipes at Venice's corruption, clergy, garbage problems and yellow journalism, but she seems to have cut it back a notch or two here. And, while she gives us fewer scenes of Brunetti family life this time, she also delves more deeply into how Ispettore Vianello's more empathetic personality and Signorina Elettra's increasingly illegal investigatory shenanigans contribute to this series's crime solving. I found all these variations of format and emphasis very refreshing, although I'm hoping for a bit more time with Paola and the kids next time.

Much as I enjoy Leon's Brunetti novels, I sometimes find her endings something of a letdown. Not this time. This one concludes on exactly the right note, in my view.

I'm not going to do my usual cautionary paragraph re The Importance of Reading the Brunetti Books in Chronological Order (or as close to that as you can get) this time because I think this particular one works fine as a stand-alone. But if, once you've read it, you'd like to go back and start at the beginning, here's the list, in order as of March 2013: "Death at La Fenice," "Death in a Strange Country" "Dressed for Death," "Death and Judgment," "Acqua Alta," "Quietly in Their Sleep," "A Noble Radiance, " "Fatal Remedies," "Friends in High Places," "A Sea of Troubles," "Willful Behavior," "Uniform Justice," "Doctored Evidence," "Blood from a Stone," "Through a Glass, Darkly" "Suffer the Little Children," "The Girl of His Dreams," "About Face," "A Question of Belief," "Drawing Conclusions," "Beastly Things" and "The Golden Egg." (Please note: Should you ever come across "The Anonymous Venetian," "A Venetian Reckoning" or "The Death of Faith" know that these are not new Leons; they're just British versions of "Dressed for Death," "Death and Judgment," and "Quietly in Their Sleep.")

P.S. Whatever happened, I wonder, to Commissaria Claudia Griffoni, the first and only female detective at the Questura, who was introduced in book #18, "About Face"? I had such high hopes for her and she seems like she'd have been a such a natural for this one. Update 4/11/11: I went to a bookstore appearance by Donna Leon tonight, asked her if we can expect to see more of Griffoni and was assured that the Commissaria will be in the next one. Update 5/12/13: While Griffoni did not return in the "next" one, "Beastly Things," she does have a key role in the one after that, "The Golden Egg."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 upon long reading 28 mars 2011
Par Julia Walker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lately I've been reading mysteries and thrillers by authors with more than 15 books in a series and I've realized one fairly simple thing: authors need one sort of talent to get noticed and a very different set of skills to write that 20th novel.

The best - well, really worst - example of a long-running series running out of steam is Jack Higgins' Sean Dillon series. I got the most recent installment from the library, found it curiously flat in some ways and really interesting in others, and ordered the next book back. And I kept ordering, reading the series backwards.

By the time I was back on novel 10 or 11, I knew two things: Higgins is a terrific plotter and a very lazy writer of characters. Yes, there is character development, but you have to read the whole series to notice it. And if you read the whole series, you will read the same intro paragraph for Ferguson all 18 times - exactly the same, same hair, same tie. Also for Sean, Hannah (who at least changes by dying), and all the other regulars.

(Although, to be fair, Robert Parker's Spenser series became even more thin/flat toward the end, but nil nisi . . . .)

Conversely, Marcia Muller manages to keep her 28-book Sharon McCone series brilliantly fresh with vivid characters, all of whom change from year to year.

So where does this leave Donna Leon? She's got a extra crayon in her box: her characters read. By crafting plots with an eye toward the books her characters read, Leon gives us more depth and nuance than we find in many award-winning novels, the "real" books that my book-club-loving friends celebrate. She offers what I most prize in a mystery novel - intriguing settings and some new body of micro-knowledge, whether it be the ecology of the Venice lagoon or the nuts and bolts of designer knock-offs sold by street vendors.

At first this book feels like a mere continuation of _A Question of Belief_; not only is it very short, but Brunetti is still reading Tacitus. In his thoughts, Brunetti keeps alluding to Dante's circle of the thieves, but alluding without interpreting. Maybe Leon thought we wouldn't be up to Dante crit -- not even by another mystery writer, Dorothy Sayers' take on Inferno XXIV and XXV -- that the thieves shift shapes because in life they couldn't distinguish between meum and tuum.

Ironically, there's a long exchange between Brunetti and his associate about underestimating the knowledge of those people who are socially and economically beneath us. Et tu, Donna Leon?

If this were your first Donna Leon novel, you would be in the dark about almost everyone except Brunetti, the egregious Patta and the clever Elettra. You wouldn't know about Elettra's sister; you wouldn't know that Paola set herself the task of learning to cook when she realized how much Guido loved to eat. You would know that Paola teaches Henry James, but you wouldn't know that she loves him because _nothing_ happens. But you do get to walk around Venice in Brunetti's head, an experience that should send you to the library or the bookshop or this website for more, more, more of this series.

Here, as other reviewers have said, Leon visits many of the same social concerns as in other books, but with her constantly evolving characters, we get new and complex responses to the problems of living in Venice and on the rest of planet Earth.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best in the Inspector Brunetti series 29 mars 2011
Par Blue in Washington - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries are special for their focus on characters as much as on strong story line. "Drawing Conclusions" is a fine illustration of how good the author is in populating her stories with interesting humans under stress of common and uncommon varieties. The lead in this novel, as in most, is the good Commissario Brunetti himself, but the indefatigable Signorina Elettra (the de facto manager of the Venice police department) has a star turn here also. Beyond those principals, author Leon has given unusual time and space to an engrossing secondary cast that represents the victims and "villains" in the story--much to the great benefit of the novel and to the pleasure of the reader. And for those Brunetti regulars, Brunetti's wife and kids are part and parcel of the novel as are the insufferable Vice Questore Patta, the reptilian Lt. Scarpa, the sardonic Inspector Vianello, the city of Venice and Italy writ large. All bring the usual leavening, counterpoint and humanity to the storyline.

"Drawing Conclusions" opens with an interesting teaser. A young professional woman returns to her Venice apartment after an unsuccessful visit to Sicily to meet the family of her boyfriend (all explained in engrossing detail); within minutes of the homecoming she discovers the body of a neighbor--an older woman who has been holding her mail during her absence. Commissario Brunetti is called to the scene and senses that the neighbor's death may not have been a natural one. The investigation that follows becomes one of the subtlest and most nuanced cases in Brunetti's long career.

As usual, author Leon is interested in current social issues and centers her story on the treatment of the elderly by their caregivers and perceived benefactors. She also makes some points about the general suspicion of and instinct to avoid the police by law-abiding as well as law-breaking Italians.
The book closes more definitively than most of Leon's stories, and for this reader, it was a thoroughly satisfying ending.

"Drawing Conclusions" is a well-written novel first and foremost; a good mystery story second. These are some of Donna Leon's most sympathetic and interesting characters in the 20 some books in the series. Highly enjoyable and greatly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I was just about to give up on Donna Leon... 1 avril 2011
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur Amazon.com
After the disappointing A Question of Belief and About Face, I had resolved to quit reading Donna Leon's new books and go back to her excellent first mysteries. The way she combined social issues with fast-paced detective work in the early books was irresistible. My favorite was her first -- Death at La Fenice.

Then her books started to emphasize the social issues more than the mysteries until in the last few books the crime seemed almost an afterthought. I stopped reading about halfway through A Question of Belief when there had been no apparent crime yet.

In Drawing Conclusions, there is a dead body very quickly and when Brunetti takes the call, he suspects that it may not have been an accidental death. There are clues and suspicious characters in abundance and the story moves briskly in police procedural fashion. Along with Brunetti, we consider the evidence, imagine possible scenarios, weigh motives and opportunities.

And don't worry, Leon hasn't lost her social conscience - elder care and domestic violence play prominent roles in the story.

With help from Signorina Ellettra and despite the usual obstructions from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, Brunetti comes to a conclusion that is somewhat unorthodox by traditional mystery standards, but completely satisfying. Welcome back, Donna Leon!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "This was a troubled death." 1 avril 2011
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Donna Leon's "Drawing Conclusions" is a subtle and elegantly written police procedural that successfully diverges from the genre's conventions. Commissario di Polizia, Guido Brunetti, is not the typical lonely, guilt-ridden, and angst-filled detective. On the contrary, he is happily married to his beloved Paola, has two teenaged children, and actually enjoys his job. He gets along well with his colleagues and skillfully humors such people as Vice Questore Giuseppe Patta, his immediate superior and a shallow, self-serving bureaucrat. The Commissario is an intelligent and thoughtful man who is determined to uphold the law--but with compassion.

This is a delightfully uncluttered and gently humorous novel; it is free of gore and there are no serial killers menacing the populace. Leon captures the ambiance of Venice and focuses on how Brunetti handles a homicide investigation that is, on its face, not a homicide. The pathologist rules that an elderly woman, Signora Costanza Altavilla, died in her apartment of a heart attack. However, since there are anomalies that trouble the Commissario, he decides to dig deeper. He visits the victim's residence and interviews her friends and associates. Helped by the ultra-competent Signorina Elettra Zorzi, who is an expert at digging up information, he uncovers facts that are both surprising and disturbing, leaving him with a thorny dilemma.

"Drawing Conclusions" is a pleasure to read, partly because the author concentrates more on commonplace occurrences than on bizarre and extraordinary events. The author expertly traces the thoughts that go through Brunetti's mind when he uncovers a conspiracy of secrets, lies, and deceit. It is refreshing to come across a work of fiction that respects a reader's ability to appreciate ambiguity. Leon demonstrates that justice and morality are not always clear-cut. It is unwise to make snap judgments about people or situations; there may be extenuating circumstances that, when revealed, provide us with an entirely different perspective.
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