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Quietly in Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti #6)

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Donna Leon?s mastery of plot, her understanding of Venetian manners and mores, and above all her philosophical, unfailingly decent protagonist have made the Commissario Brunetti mysteries bestsellers around the world, including an ever-growing American audience. In The Death of Faith, Brunetti comes to the aid of a young nursing sister who is leaving her convent following ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1997)
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Commissario Guido Brunetti’s latest “case” in the 6th book in Commissario Brunetti Series by Donna Leon, starts off with a visit to his office by a young woman, who he doesn’t recognize but seems familiar to him, claiming that she suspects that several patients who had died unexpectedly and odd circumstances in the nursing home she had previously worked at. She thinks that their deaths may be related to their fortunes being left to the home and the church and not their heirs.

Without any proof of
I'm rounding up because this one made me laugh so much. In past Brunetti books, Donna Leon has taken on the American presence in Italy, sex trafficking, political corruption, Italian tax laws, and basically everything else she disagrees with. In this book, she takes on the Catholic Church and its institutional protection of priests, no matter their crimes.

It turns out Paola is a virulent atheist, which results in some pretty funny conversations between Paola and Brunetti, and the way that Donna
Brent Soderstrum
Jan 17, 2011 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in book #6 from the Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon. This appears to be Ms. Leon's two headed attack on religion. I am not Catholic. The focus appears to be on the Catholic Church but I think it goes much deeper then that. All the characters in the book who are likeable: Guido, his wife and kids, his sargeant and his boss' assistant all voice their negative views about religion. There is no balance as there would be in the real world.

A nun tells Commissiaro Brunetti
Nov 18, 2009 Clara rated it really liked it
I read it in two days, and now that it's over, I wish it were still Venice in the springtime, and I were still with Brunetti, taking water taxis to the Lido over feathery, pearlescent waves; eating freshly made tagliatelle with peppers, tomatoes, and sausage at home in the middle of a work day; walking soggy, glistening "narrow calles" alone in the middle of the night; mourning over razored out pages in bound journals in a magnificent, touristless library across the street from the Piazza San Ma ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Donna Leon
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Has a crime even been committed? This is the question Inspector Brunetti must investigate after hearing the story of Suor 'Immacolata. On the one hand he is inclined to give credence to her fears. He knows this woman as a compassionate and caring nun in the nursing home where his mother resides. She helps lessen the guilt he feels for his own impotence dealing with his mother's dementia. On the other hand, there is no real evidence, only the coincidence of 5 elderly patients having died within a ...more
First Sentence: Brunetti sat at his desk and stared at his feet.

Commissario Guido Brunetti has a young woman come to his office. She seems familiar, but he doesn’t recognize her until she clarifies that the last time he saw her, she was a nun and a nursing sister. She has left the convent suspecting that several of her patients died unexpectedly and, perhaps, not of natural causes.

After being hit by a car and left in a coma, Brunetti decides to investigate even though he can find no clear crime
Jun 27, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, like the other Commissario Brunetti books I recently read, used a very topical issue as the centerpoint of the story. I found that my pleasure in the reading was definitely enhanced by my interest in the issue (just as it was diminished by my discomfort with the issue in the last Leon book that I read).

As with any series, part of the reader's pleasure has to come from familiarity with the principal character, his friends and routines. I particularly enjoyed that aspect of this book. C
Deborah Moulton
Feb 21, 2010 Deborah Moulton rated it really liked it
An odd mystery, this crime is not resolved. It's too dangerous to go on when Opus Dei makes its influence known and the star witness and crime victim simply disappears, opting for survival over justice.

In the course of the investigation, Brunetti is injured and endures a severe infection of his wound which puts him the hospital for a time.

There is a small justice at the end when Commisario Brunetti's powerful father-in-law, Count Orazio, manages to get a pedophile priest "re-assigned" to an Ita
May 09, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Like Donna Leon's many other mysteries involving police Commissario Guido Brunetti, Quietly in Their Sleep has both a specific crime and a larger problem in society.

A young woman who has left her religious order after 12 years as a nun comes to Brunetti with her suspicions that wealthy, elderly patients in the nursing home where she worked were coerced to leave money to the home, to the order, or to the Catholic church. As Brunetti investigates, he learns about various forms of corruption withi
Nov 09, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as mysteries go, I found The Death of Faith to be one of the more complex books in the series by author Donna Leon. The story leads the reader through a winding road of victims, suspects and motives, and comes to the usual surprising ending. Not all questions are answered, which makes the story even more mysterious.
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brunetti
6th in the Commisario Brunetti series set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]Maria Testa--the former Suor Immaculata who Brunetti recognizes as one of the aides in the nursing home in which his Alzheimer s-afflicted mother resides--appears in his office one morning, deeply disturbed by what she feels is an unusual number of deaths in another nursing home to which she has been recently assigned. She does not have any real proof--just the instinctive conviction that some of these people should not h ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
The humanistic (the back jacket says 'philosophical') detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, who works in Venice, is able to pursue a case that doesn't look like a case because his idiot boss is out of town. It revolves around a young nun who has left her order and her job of caring for the elderly because something suspicious is going on. The book has all the usual Leone earmarks: snapshots of Brunetti's life at home, his wife and children (these always tie in --- in an oblique way --- with the ...more
Crafty P
Aug 09, 2015 Crafty P rated it did not like it
I've been steadily reading through Ms. Leon's Commissario Brunetti books for a year now and was so greatly disappointed in this one. As a Catholic who has been very blessed by the formation through Opus Dei, I found her "research" to be heavily in favor of all things negative in the Church. What, not even one good priest or nun? This book was in poor taste and filled with what is obviously, Ms Leon's bad experiences with the church. I'll keep her in my prayers but honestly say, not all priests a ...more
Apr 30, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
In this one she tackles the Church, bad priests who take advantage of little girls they're instructing in the catechism and, through a secret society named even murdering those in nursing homes who've been persuaded to leave their money to the church. Once again, the "powers that be" don't allow the guilty to be punished overtly, but society finds a backhanded way to make sure that justice is, in fact, done. There's a really scary secret society called Opus Dei which i had hoped was only a figme ...more
Dana Clinton
Jun 13, 2015 Dana Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay then, #6 in the continuing series. Getting to really look forward to these tales. I so like Guido and Paola and the family, both intimate and extended. If you thing the Holy Mother Church cannot be anything but saintly or, even after reading the Da Vinci code, you think all is above board with Opus Dei, you probably shouldn't read this book and get offended. I, of course, being a non-theist, found much to like as the story unfolded. As always, greed and money are the prime movers in people' ...more
Jun 14, 2014 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is the young woman, an erstwhile nun, who left her order because she feared that the elderly patients she worked with were being done away with, quietly in their sleep, for money they bequeathed to she was not sure whom. Brunetti's daughter, the academically high-achiever, receives an uncharacteristically low grade in Religious Studies, and is not anxious to talk about it. Her older brother reveals that the Padre is a pervert.

This is a story about the difficulties that arise when religion
Armanda Moncton
Mar 27, 2014 Armanda Moncton rated it really liked it
Donna Leon writes mysteries that immerse you in Venetian life. You get to know the cafés, the canals, the islands, the social strata, the pervasive corruption, the perpetual wax and wane of tourists, the beautiful palaces and squares. She interweaves the worlds of work and home so that we know both the Questura where Brunetti is a commissario and home where Paola and the children bring warmth and drama. What is quite particular to Leone in addition to this is that she explores larger social issu ...more
Innes Ferguson
Feb 11, 2012 Innes Ferguson rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I quite liked this one. For ages it doesn't seem like there's anything for Brunetti to work with; in fact there's precious little evidence of any crime having been committed. But piece by piece he doggedly sticks the investigation and so discovers the crime and its perpetrators. The author (or protagonist, depending whose voice you think you're hearing in the book) has some fairly blunt opinions to share about the church and its corrupt workings. Great stuff!
Viviana Rizzetto
This has been the worst. Introducing a wider range of characters and topics in this installement and in Acqua Alta, I felt as if Leon was too self confident, too certain of her understanding of Italian society. And, while she demonstrates to love and know Venice, I'm not so sure about the rest.
In this novel, she manages to bring together a naive view about religion in Italian life with a stereotypical and frankly offensive idea of Sicily. Mind you: we do have people who believe in everything th
Oct 13, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is my second time around for this book. I actually felt the writing in this book is one of Leon's best. This is a solid story. I have read many reviews saying Leon is anti Catholic, or on the Opus Dei bandwagon, but this is fiction remember. The themes add to the story, but are not a huge part. This book seems to me to be more a social commentary on modern day Italy, but told in a story about Venezia. I love Leon's work, have a go!
Nov 28, 2010 Stven rated it really liked it
It's wonderful that Donna Leon keeps tackling the huge issues of morality in the world. It's taken me several novels to realize it, but in each book some different institutionalized evil comes under her gaze. They're such good stories and such true-to-life characters that it took me a while to notice the pattern. And it's not just the standard pat "evil corporation" so well known to us. Read these books.
Apr 23, 2012 Patrick rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this novel after Chapter 4. I was hurt and dissapointed by all the Catholic-bashing that went on. I never thought Donna Leon would sink to the level of a Dan Brown. Ms. Leon seems to think that all the reasonable and good people in the world are atheists, and that all Christians, especially Catholics, are evil.
Feb 28, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Commissario Brunetti is not a religious man, so he is willing to entertain the idea that dying residents of a Venetian nursing home may be under undue pressure to will large sums of money to the religious order that is providing their care. It begins to look as though their deaths may even be artificially hastened along once they have done so. As Brunetti’s mother resides in one of these institutions, he takes a personal interest and persists until he has gotten to the truth.

As usual, author Leo
Marianna Monaco
Jun 01, 2014 Marianna Monaco rated it really liked it
This is one of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series of mysteries. I like the scenes of Venice, and the depiction of Bruno's married life. He goes home to great lunches and dinners, and not surprisingly, there is a Brunetti cookbook, published in 2010.

DVD series - episode 7
wonderful shots of Venice - good typecasting of Brunetti - in German, English subtitles
DVD version of this book changes Chiara's relationship to her religion teacher and also the mental condition of Brunetti's mother

CD of this
Apr 13, 2015 Shuriu rated it liked it
"I think it's enough to show what all that crap about religion is really all about."
"And what do you think that is, Sergeant?"
"That it makes her special, makes her stand out from the crowd. She's not beautiful, not even pretty, and there's no indication that she's smart. So the only thing that can make her stand out from other people, the way we all want to do, I suppose, is to be religious. That way everyone who meets her says, 'Oh, watt an interesting, intense person.' And she doesn't have t
May 26, 2014 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2014-books
Prior to starting this, I had thought that this might be the last Brunetti book that I'd read for a while. I enjoyed them well enough as a bit of filler fiction between books, but the first five hadn't stood out as anything special to me. This one, however, turned a corner. The things I'd always enjoyed best in the previous books were the reflective moments, usually between Brunetti and Paola and sometimes with Chiara too (and it's nice that Raffi appears properly in this book, although he doesn ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, recent
This is my first Donna Leon book. It is nice to have a new setting for a crime novel, and Venice is particularly nice, so I liked that - picturing the story alongside my memories of the city. There were a few too many blatant tourism shots though - like seeing the city as a tourist rather than seeing it through the eyes of a local. Also, the premise that Venice has the lowest crime-rate of any city in Italy makes it an unlikely choice to put a string of crime novels, since the author has just co ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Brunetti is approached by a Maria Testa, an ex-nun who worked in the nursing home where his mother resides. She has left her job and her order because she is concerned about a series of client deaths that seem suspicious to her. She is concerned that clients are being coaxed into remembering the nursing order in their wills, and then are dying prematurely. Brunetti promises to look into it. In most cases, he finds no financial benefit to the order, and no cause for concern, but there is one anom ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars actually. One reviewer was repelled by the descriptions of Catholic priests, nuns, and orders and compared this to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. I think that comparison a bit far-fetched, since unlike Brown, Leon does not use thoroughly discredited out-of-date source material to attempt a politically correct "new-age" revision of Christianity. I give a lower rating because it is less well plotted than the earlier books and the villainous characters so numerous that no one is fully dev ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Quietly in their Sleep, by donna Leon, narrated by Anna Fields, produced by Blackstone audio. B-plus

In this one, a woman visits Brunetti in his office. At first he doesn't recognize her but then realizes that it is the nun who took care of his mother in the nursing home for several years. She is not dressed in a habit now and says she has left the convent. She tells him a rather vague story about five people who died in the nursing home in the past year-not the one Brunetti"s mother is in. She i
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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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