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Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Brunetti #20)

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Nearly twenty years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992's "Death at La Fenice," Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been delighting readers around the world. For her millions of fans, Leon's novels have opened a window into the priva ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2011)
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Jun 02, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the pleasures of reading books in a series is that we have a chance to become really familiar with a set of characters. This particular mystery was not necessarily my favorite of Donna Leon's but it drew on Commissario Brunetti's romantic nature and also refined for the reader his very personal moral code. And, that I liked.

Food and family are usually very important in Leon's series and I was a bit disappointed that Brunetti missed so many meals in this book. It is always a great pleasure
Kae Cheatham
Mar 04, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was given the chance to read the ARC of this mystery, due out in April 2011. It is the 20th Commissario Guido Brunetti novel, the first published in 1992. As an overall tag for what the book is about, I would say it's a story of possible crimes.

Guido Brunetti is an interesting, thoughtful person; highly observant, very little escapes his notice, from the color of grass, to faint bruises along the neck of a dead woman, Signora Altavilla. Along with the bruises, he considers the placement of fur
Mark Stevens
Terrific setting and sharp-eyed Guido Brunetti (as always). Deep undercurrents of Venice (as with most in this series).

But “Drawing Conclusions,” for me, dragged along. The story failed to work up a head of steam. Guido Brunetti didn’t seem all that concerned. Sure, he’s dogged. Sure, he keeps going over the scant details he uncovers. Yes, he has some powerful conversations and finally gets to the bottom of matters. But the investigation into the strange death of widow Costanza Altavilla is too
A very fast and absorbing read. Venetian Commissario Brunetti explores the death of an elderly woman. She appears to have died of an heart attack, but there are some unexplained bruising around her shoulders. Was she attacked and had an heart attack as a result?

I was uncomfortable with some of the illegal and corrupt actions taken by Brunetti and members of his police department. Unfortunately, that is the way life operates in Italy today and so it is a realistic, but sobering, view of that soc
Aug 19, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adequate but not great detective story. This is a recent story about Leon's recurring character, Guido Brunetti, a detective in Venice, Italy. I liked Brunetti, refreshingly he is a detective without a flawed personal life.

The story is unusual for the detective genre. A woman is dead, but it isn't clear if it is murder or a natural death. One of the problems with the story for me is that the question is never resolved, at the end we don't really know how the woman died.

Along the way there are
May 23, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I can say about “Drawing Conclusions” that I haven’t said about all of Donna Leon’s other books? Her books are always well thought out and have more to do with the complexity of human emotion than they do with the violence of death. I never tire of the way Brunetti works through an investigation…the way he thinks, the way he looks inside himself to arrive at answers. I’m nearing the last book that Leon has of yet written in this series...and am hoping she writes a little faster!
Aug 26, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. Possibly one of my two favorites out of all the Brunetti I've read.

It's not a terrible "crime" as a crime may be defined. In fact, the departed has died from a heart attack. But this novel includes some of Guido's depth and purpose as few of the more evil or destructive cases.

There are a handful of tremendous quotes in this one too. Especially upon a "truth" that I have observed myself for decades. And that concerns how the most aiding and helping of "humanity" in their work and
Aug 15, 2015 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Guido Brunetti's latest case involves the death of a retired school teacher who is found dead in her apartment by her neighbour on her return from holiday. Although her death is apparently from natural causes, Brunetti is not convinced... His investigation uncovers a web of intrigue and deceit stretching back beyond the statute of limitations. Fascinating.
Jul 27, 2014 Cris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre mystery book with a lot of lose ends and unsatisfactory resolution. I liked the detective but it is not an original character. Disappointing.
Gisela Hafezparast
Read now quite a few of Donna Leon's Brunetti series. On the whole they are pure relaxation. A happily married detective in a beautiful city coping not only with various crimes, but especially with an Italy he both loves, but also sometimes despairs off because of its corrupt bureaucracy, politicians, the mafia, etc. What they show as well is probably how most Italians cope with it whilst living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, an ancient culture and brilliant cuisine. Downsi ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Caroline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When an elderly woman is found dead in her apartment, with no sign of an intruder, and the coroner reports her death as the result of a heart attack, there should not have been any inquiry into her death. However, since Commissario Brunetti was called out to the scene of the crime, he experienced a sense of disquiet over her death. More so when he speaks with the coroner and is informed that there were some faint bruises on the woman's shoulder, which could have been caused by a person's grippin ...more
David Harry
Nov 15, 2011 David Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves mysteries
Shelves: mystery
I love Venice and one of the reasons I loved Donna Leon’s latest book, Drawing Conclusions, is because it is set in Venice. The famous Commissario Guido Brunetti return again to investigate the apparent heart attack of an older woman.

The other reason I loved Leon's novel is because it perfectly captures the imperfections of the human condition. These human imperfections are as apparent as the crumbling imperfections of the once great city.

Commissario Brunetti probes what, to the professionals
Jul 26, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 20th book in this series and only the second one that I have read. I read #18 and this one. I have a feeling that to do justice to the series that I should start at the beginning and read them in order so that the characters and the relationships can unfold and mature. But until then--Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to the apartment of a woman in her 60s who is found dead by her neighbor. Although the autopsy reveals that she died of a heart attack, Brunetti thinks that ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Judie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate the death of middle-aged woman in her apartment. She had been dead for a few days. There was a cut on her scalp, blood on the floor and radiator, and a few light marks near her neck. The death appeared to be a heart attack.
The woman was the mother of Vice-Questore Guiseppe Patta’s son’s former veterinarian and Patta wanted to know what happened. Fast.
His first priority is learning about the woman. With the help of his assistant Vianello and
Apr 22, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Guido Brunetti is having dinner with Vice-Questore Patta and Lieutenant Scarpa, forced into this social occasion ostensibly to discuss promotions. Guido is praying for the end of the world or, at least, some violent distraction by armed intruders so that he could grab a gun and rid himself of the two men. Brunetti is not a a violent man but dealing with these men at the Questura is one thing, dealing with them on his own time is something else again.

When his cell phone rings, Brunetti thinks it
Biblio Files
Mar 13, 2011 Biblio Files rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 murders seemed to take a back seat. I stopped reading about halfway through A
First Sentence: Because she had worked for decades as a translator of fiction and non-fiction from English and German to Italian, Anna Maria Giusti was familiar with a wide range of subjects.

When a woman finds the body of her neighbor, Comm. Guido Brunetti is called to the scene. The medical examiner pronounces the cause of death to be a heart attack, but Brunetti has questions created by the blood from a wound on the victim’s head and a bruise near her throat. A search for the truth leads Guido
Harry Lane
Feb 07, 2016 Harry Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leon's stories absorb me. In this installment of the series, she once again draws the reader into the quotidian work of the Venice police, or more particularly, the work of Commissario Guido Brunetti. When a woman is found dead, it is determined she died of a heart attack, but there are sufficient anomalies to cause Brunetti to wonder. As the story develops, there are indeed crimes uncovered, but let's not spoil the reader's pleasure by premature disclosure of the details. Leon paints a very con ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Gabrielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Lecture de plage 2015 (confession: que j'ai finalement lu le lendemain de mon retour parce que je n'ai pas eu une minute pour lire pendant les vraies vacances).

Un nouveau Donna Leon est toujours une expérience un peu ambivalente, parce que ses enquêtes sont introspectives, parfois sans issues, et ont souvent l'apparence de disgressions ayant pour fonction de permettre à l'auteur de discuter d'un sujet social qui la touche. Parfois l'équilibre entre véritable enquête et histoires vaguement relié
Feb 18, 2015 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He looked up, as if he feared Brunetti had reason to doubt it, "She was a good mother." Then, after a pause, "She was a good woman."
Despite the years--decades--he had spent as a policeman, Brunetti still wanted to believe this to be true of most people. Experience suggested that they were good, at least until they were put into unusual or difficult situations, and then some--many, even--changed. Brunetti surprised himself by thinking of prayer: 'lead us not into temptation'. How intelligent of
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tod einer älteren Dame
Nach einem Kurzurlaub wird Signora Altavilla von einer Nachbarin tot in ihrer Wohnung aufgefunden. Commissario Brunetti, der gerade bei einem Essen mit Vice-Questore Patta weilt (oder sich langweilt), ist heilfroh, dass er sich sofort an den Ort des Geschehens begeben kann. Was ist geschehen? Die Situation, in der die Tote gefunden wurde, deutet zwar nicht direkt auf Fremdverschulden hin, aber Brunettis Verdacht ist geweckt. Er ordnet weitere Ermittlungen an. Zwar wird bei
Apr 08, 2016 Hal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This installment of the Commisssario Guido Brunetti mystery series is a delicate and nuanced study that shows a detective who cannot help but see his suspects as real people, capable of crimes but also of falling in love.

Although Donna Leon writes in simple, unadorned declarative sentences, the moral issues she raises are complex and intriguing. Very little happens in terms of plot. Instead, we gradually come to explore the characters.

Brunetti is not the typical hard-boiled cop. He is a gentle
Jun 04, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was listening to this one while I was reading Donna Leon's newest Inspector Brunetti and I liked this one much better. Sometimes he can't ever seem to get an answer out of his suspects and it seems he has to grill them forever which is a bit tiring, but other than that, I love the characters and the location. The ending was troublesome to me because I really still don't know who did it or if it was even a murder. I wonder - am I the only one? Did I miss something everyone else figured out?
Dana Clinton
Jun 12, 2015 Dana Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love the Donna Leon books... and just finished the 20th, Drawing Conclusions. One of the reasons I enjoy her mysteries is the delightful writing, especially the dialogues between Guido and his smart wife Paola. Here she is commenting on why she buys organic chicken: "Because the others are filled with hormones and chemicals and antibiotics and God knows what, and if I get cancer, I want it to be because I drank too much red wine or ate too much butter, not because I ate too much factory ...more
Mark Robertson
Like the others in this series, Drawing Conclusions is a well written procedural featuring Commissario Brunetti, his co-workers, his family and, of course, his city, Venice. This story line concerns Brunetti's search for the truth in the case of a woman whose death may or may not have been a murder. The incompetence and or corruption of the government is up for discussion here (when is it not in a Leon book?), as is violence against women, the treatment of old people, and the transformative powe ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One may read Leon's books for the mysteries, one may read them for the vivd depictions of Venice, or one may read them for the good man that is her protagonist. Brunetti is just a smidge more world-weary in this one, more willing to challenge the status quo in order to bring justice for a woman he suspects was murdered. Satisfying, richly detailed, and clever as always - it's a mystery whether Leon's prose or her characterization is better.
Alison C
Mar 12, 2015 Alison C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit stunned to realize that Drawing Conclusions is the 20th book in Donna Leon's series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice, Italy; I've been reading this series since its first "chapter," Death at La Fenice, but I hadn't noticed how many years had passed since that first tantalizing breath of the air and world of Venice that she so wonderfully evokes. Anticipating the delights of a new Brunetti story has been a fixture in my life for decades now, and I've yet to be disappointed ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Dany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Too many loose ends, or at least, too many unexplored possibilities.
Apr 30, 2015 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a woman is found dead of an apparent heart attack in her apartment, Brunetti suspects that mitigating circumstances may have brought on her attack. He discovers that the woman, a widow has been sheltering battered or abused women and Brunetti investigates the non profit agency for which the woman has been volunteering. The chase leads him to a home for the elderly where the woman has also been volunteering where Brunetti meets a possible suspect. As one might suspect from the title, suspici ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The combination of Donna Leon's detailed, subtle & multi-layered writing & narrator David Colacci's wonderful vocal range is excellent. Hardly able to put it down, I continued to listen while I vacuumed the house this afternoon (just turned up the volume!). It's marvelous to be able to enjoy being transported to Venice while you complete mundane household chores! I highly recommend listening to this series.
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Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, then as a Professor
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