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PDF ð BOOK Falling in Love ☆ [Read] ➭ Falling in Love By Donna Leon – Gwairsoft.co.uk Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopra Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice the first novel in herD by Brunetti to dine at his in laws' palazzo Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia or anyone else comes to harm The fraught and rather bloody opening scene had me wondering what exactly had happened to the usually uieter and internalized Donna Leon until the heroine leapt from atop Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo and I realized Commissario Brunetti was sitting at La Fenice watching the finale to Puccini’s TOSCA In this book Leon revisits the world and characters of opera that she first explored 24 books earlier—a subject she knows well I’ve heard that some of her royalties went toward underwriting the late Alan Curtis’s Baroue opera productions in Italy She also has Brunetti characterize the opera as “that shabby little shocker” which suggests either Brunetti or the author had been reading the late Joseph Kerman’s opera criticism from almost 70 years ago Once the curtain comes down Leon returns to her accustomed style Venetian milieu and the familiar characters whom her fans happily read about The freuent topographical references as Brunetti explores the Venetian lagoon and the numerous musical references may trouble readers who bristle at feeling left out of the in crowd but are no a stumbling block for readers than when Jonathan Kellerman has Alex Delaware zipping around the highways and byways of LA Once again plot seems chiefly to provide readers with the excuse to engage with all the familiar characters and the city that make Leon’s novels a pleasure to read

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Unetti and his wife Paola attend an early performance and Flavia receives a standing ovation Back in her dressing room she finds bouuets of yellow roses too many roses Every surface of the room is covered with them An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London St Petersburg Amsterdam and now Venice but she no longer feels flattered A few nights later invite By all accounts Donna Leon’s long running series of detective novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti is widely popular even loved I wish I could understand whyFalling in Love the 24th installment in Leon’s series is an insipid tale of an opera diva and her violence prone stalker I kept reading until the end in hopes that something at least mildly interesting would happen No such luck Instead the painfully slow moving action is further retarded at far too many places by useless verbiage such as the following“Paola said she’d bring coffee into the living room or — if he thought it was warm enough — they could drink it on the terrace It wasn’t warm enough so Brunetti went to the sofa and thought about literature When Paolo joined him a few minutes later two cups of coffee on a wooden tray ”Snooze There is no excuse for such boneheaded excess And don’t think for a minute that that was an isolated example Here or less at random is another one“He called Vianello who must have been at home or at least in a place where there was a television for in the background Brunetti could hear the patently artificial voices of the Italian speakers who did the voice over for foreign films Vianello told him to wait and the sound diminished as he moved away from it”El Leonard would gag if he read filler copy like this I certainly did It’s reminiscent of the bad old days when the writers of genre fiction were paid by the wordBut wait — there’s The novel is punctuated by dialogue in Italian that’s nowhere translated into English; I complain when pretentious writers do that with French which at least is spoken by a halfway reasonable number of people so I regard a showoff in Italian as a worse offenderIf the plot of Falling in Love were interesting — if it were than a simple straightforward linear story — some of this nonsense might be excusable Regrettably nothing relieves the tedium of the boring plot line in this unfortunate excuse for a mystery

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Falling in LoveDonna Leon's Death at La Fenice the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos Flavia Petrelli then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor Years after Brunetti cleared her name Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca Br If you like the excitement of a gruesome murder and the ensuing chase of a cynical serial killer then you’d better look elsewhere On the other hand if you enjoy observing the native Venetians as they go about their daily routines and listening to them as they bemoan the ‘loss of the city that was’ then this might just be the place for you Little of criminal conseuence happens in this book – well insufficient you’d think to occupy a high ranking police officer and his team – but there is plenty to delight existing fans of the series and anyone who just loves the city and its peopleI think Venice is the most wonderful of all cities it’s just so different from anywhere else Already enchanted by Donna Leon’s Brunetti books I travelled to the municipality some years ago with my wife and then young son I’d already circled on my tourist map the location of the uestura police station that features in all of the books and is home to Brunetti and his colleagues Determined to track it down I dragged our small group around through and over the calli and canals until I came to the spot marked on my map I knew that in reality the police had moved to a new site some years ago and there would be no sign to identify the building Nonetheless I was convinced I had enough of a description to be able to spot it and therefore gaze upon the office window Brunetti regularly stands before as he ruminates upon his latest case But I just couldn’t identify the building We didn’t spend long there – my companions were anxious to track down the nearest gelateria – so I left disappointed The rub to the tale is upon my return to the UK I checked my map against available reference material only to find that I was looking on the wrong side of the canal The building I’d had my back to as I scanned the area of which I have no memory at all was the fabled uestoraLeon has written 24 books now featuring Venice based policemen Commissario Guido Brunetti The cast have barely changed his wife and children feature prominently as do his boss the pompous Vice uestore Patta and his other work colleagues Every time I pick up a new book I instantly feel at home and am transported immediately to this delightful place In this latest episode we are returned to the scene of the original crime described in the very first Brunetti book Death at La Fenice This time the volume of yellow roses lavished upon her by an adoring yet anonymous fan spooks a renowned opera singer well I did say not to expect a hunt for a serial killerAs always with this series it’s the small things I love There is much talk of food lentils with hot salami and candied currants veal roll filled with sweet sausage and Brunetti is apt to put his temporary lethargy down to the simple fact he’s had insufficient coffee A glass of wine with your lunch? Not a problem – even if there are witnesses to interrogate laterIt’s all wrapped up nicely in the end and here’s a nice mix of humour and pathos Moreover we’re able to track another period in the lives of this long running cast Time for a coffee or maybe a glass of Prosecco it’d be rude not to