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Fatal Remedies (Commissario Brunetti #8)

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Donna Leon's multitude of fans around the world has grown with each new Commissario Brunetti novel, and now mystery lovers in the United States can enjoy another compelling episode. In Fatal Remedies, Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the q

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Alex is The Romance Fox
Synopsis: Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? An ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eric Cantor
I think this might win a non sequitur contest: "On her left foot, a large bunion had pushed its way into the leather and sat there like a section of an egg, the leather stretched tight across it. Was marriage the ultimate mystery?"

Leon is on autopilot here. Her writing is banal, the plotting slack. We begin the book with sex tourism (Brunetti's wife has vandalized a travel agency that sends men to Asia to hook up with underage prostitutes) and end it with expired pharmaceuticals being sold to Th
Mar 15, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
It was time for another "fix" of Donna Leon. It has probably been a year since I've read one of her Commissario Brunetti novels and I've really missed him.

The plot is always well conceived, but the real pleasure is in the family dynamic of the Brunetti's, his philosophical and moral musings, and his meanderings around Venice.

And, when I talk about the family dynamic I suppose I mean his "work family" too. The relationships at the office are so real and so entertaining that I think they are my f
Apr 02, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, I have to confess that I love Venice. So any story that takes place there is likely to please me. Also, I love a good whodunit. Nothing's better for curling up with and relaxing. Still, Donna Leon's stories have something special. Maybe it's her detective, Commissario Brunetti. He's an extremely wise and cool person. A murder mystery's effectiveness depends on the personality of the detective, and Brunetti is extremely simpatico. Maybe it's the way her ripped-from-the-E.U.-headlin ...more
June Ahern
Mar 19, 2011 June Ahern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal remedies
A of powerful look into the marriage of police DetectiveCommissario Guido Brunetti and his professor wife Paola and their marriage problems and and strong differences. This is one of author Donna Leon's most engaging and intriguing novels offers series of the Italian detective earnestly. Every page is riveting with the issues of corruption, social moral and immoral issues and behavior, and unpleasant but real look at political posturing. At some point you as the reader will find
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brunetti
Fatal Remedies[return]Donna Leon[return][return]8th in the Commisario Brunetti series, set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]An early morning phone call from the Questura summons Brunetti to complete the arrest, for vandalism, of--Paola, his wife. She s thrown a rock through the window of a travel agency, protesting its knowing complicity in sex tourism to third world countries, where children are prostituted to pederasts. While in sympathy with her rage, Paola has broken the law and put Brunetti ...more
Enjoyed #8 as I have the others in this fine series. The theme here was the semi-legal arranged sex tours for those who pay for them - to countries which are set up to receive those visitors and satisfy their desires, particularly for pedophiles. Paola, the Commissario's wife, has strong ideas about what should and shouldn't be, a quick temper, and will stand behind it with action which she does in this episode. It makes for very good reading... especially how the relationship works through it's ...more
Susan Bernhardt
May 02, 2014 Susan Bernhardt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Remedies is the eighth book in the Commissario Brunetti series and the eight book of Donna Leon's that I've read. All of Leon's characters are well described, seem real and she does a great job of weaving the story with the characters. I love the character development over the series. Fatal Remedies concentrated more on Paola, Brunetti's wife than any of the others books that I've read. I love reading about Brunetti's family as much as the actual mystery, although the mystery parts have al ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
Huge fan of this series and Commissario Brunetti and especially of Signorina Eletra(?). My favorite part was the "buzz word bingo" she invented for the office to play during the weekly meetings. Definitely will be instituting that at my work place soon.

As for the mystery -- it was not traditional and it was a little hard to follow, but believable in that aspect. I appreciated the glimpse into the compicated relationship between Guido and Paola and the issues of two people taking very firm stands
Dana Clinton
Jun 13, 2015 Dana Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #8 in the Brunetti series which I continue to enjoy (trying to finsh as many of the first 16 as possible to mail on the book ray before I leave for a month in August). As usual, good development and new refreshing plot. The core murder investigation is well done and involves, as usual, greed fostering unethical behavior, broken family relationships, Mafia influence.... here I think Leon misses the boat just a bit because she has our socially conscious Paola creating an act of vandalism i ...more
This book never clicked with me. It combines a pedestrian murder mystery with some feminist (or at least female-centered) themes. Commissario Guido Brunetti is the main man, a high-level police detective in Venice. He is taciturn, smart, and unrealistically bookish for a policeman (well, this is a novel). He enjoys a fairy tale home life with his wife, the well-born Paola, and 2 kids. In a depiction that seems aimed at distaff readers, he is deeply in love with his wife, an art history professor ...more
I love mysteries, but I had to scale back from the Mary Higgins Clark-violence-against-women type books. The series takes place in Venice and the author, Donna Leon, gives us a peak into the red-tape and politics of this wonderful city.

The main character is police commisario Guido Brunetti. We get a peek into his police work and his home life throughout the books. Not all the mysteries are tied up in neat little packages at the end, but that's what makes this series so enjoyable.

Geo Forman
Brunetti's wife, the college professor, strikes out against sex tourism being promoted by certain Venetian travel agencies in an act of civil disobedience. She throws a stone through the agency's window in the middle of the night and sits down to await her arrest.
Naturally an embarrassment to the detective, he is awakened in the middle of the night to come to the station not realizing his wife had snuck out to commit her deed. The police report is conveniently neglected but the next night she do
Mar 21, 2012 Filipa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um livro que se lê muito bem, com uma história que se acompanha muito bem e que apesar de ser o oitavo de uma série, não atrapalha em nada a sua leitura, uma vez que não há referências relevantes a casos passados. Podia mesmo ser um livro independente.
Com um comissario Brunneti carismático, procurarei pelos seus novos casos não necessariamente por ordem ;P
Camilla Tilly
I like how the titles so much match the contents of the books but the first 100 pages or so in this book, just made me mad and did not match the title.
An intelligent woman like Paola Brunetti throws a rock through a travel agency's window, on two occasions, to make European sex-trips to Asia, cease all together. And then she is surprised when newspaper and TV reporters siege their street. And is even more surprised when they just call her a crazy feminist but scream for her husband's resignatio
Nov 10, 2007 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: venice lovers
One of my favorite of the series. The relationship between Brunetti and his wife Paola is explored and a troubling disagreement between the two leads to Paola committing a crime as a point of conscience. Great stuff. Leon explores the tensions that can befall the best marriage.
Mar 26, 2014 Dany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon (Comissario Brunetti #08) One of the things I love the most about these books is the relationship Brunetti has with his wife, Paola and in this book that relationship is put to the test from page 5.

There has been an act of vandalism against a travel agency and Brunetti is called in the middle of the night to go to the Questura and take care of things. Especially because the person responsible for the vandalism is his wife. How to act when their careers and personal l
Marilyn Ostermiller
I'm a great fan of Donna Leon's commissioner Guido Brunetti, a police detective in Venice, Italy. I like to read about his family life, his love for his children and his wife, a sardonic, college professor of literature and an amazing cook. The thing I like most about these books is that the plot is almost never tied up with a bow at the end. There are always loose ends. The other thing that brings me back for more is the political and social issues that are addressed. This one starts in a most ...more
Karen Wyle
Apr 27, 2016 Karen Wyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rounding up at least half a star, but this may be my favorite of this series.

Throughout the series, the marriage of Commissario Guido Brunetti and his wife, Professoressa Paola Brunetti, has been, in essence, a separate character and one of the more interesting characters at that. That is particularly true than in this book, where their marriage, faced with an unprecedented challenge, more or less takes center stage. There are also moral questions to be faced, though not necessarily resolved
Nov 11, 2014 Marta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really personal episode in the Commissario Brunetti series, as his wife Paola throws a brick through the plate glass window of a travel agency – twice – to protest its marketing of sex trips to countries where the children are victimized: Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, etc. Strong debate between the legal justice that Guido pursues and the human justice that Paola is seeking. It resolves better than I would have hoped, and the real crime of the story is the murder of the travel agency owner and in ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Commissario Brunetti novel, this time with the focus on Brunetti's wife, a college professor, who feels compelled to commit vandalism to draw attention to a travel agency that seems to be organizing sex tours in Asia for Italians. Paola's crime is brushed off the first time, but she repeats it, which nearly causes a rift in their marriage, as well as the possibility of Brunetti losing his job. As is usual with these novels, a small crime is linked to much bigger societal corrup ...more
Meg Morden
Jul 16, 2014 Meg Morden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: city-portraits
Yet another great Commissario Brunetti mystery by the masterly Donna Leon. Set with her usual impeccable care in Venice, it starts with an act of vandalism in the name of protest which expands to take in rotten drug dealings with NPO's in the developing world and murder to cover it up. the title refers to the psychological as well as the physical remedies which we use to "fix" situations in our families, backyards and around the world. Wonderful book. I devoured it in one day, reading it wheneve ...more
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Aug 29, 2014 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This tale is about so many things, as are all of Donna Leon's book. Here we get a peek into the tender core of the Brunetti family. I cannot give it all away.

It opens with vandalism (a broken shop window); the story unravels to include death, perhaps the Mafia, a pharmaceutical factory producing fake medicines...the tale goes on.

I really liked this one as it reveals more of the man, Brunetti, who is husband, father, police commissioner, citizen of Venice but also citizen of the world.

Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sudden act of vandalism had just been committed, a rock thrown in anger through the window of a building. Commissario Brunetti finds out that the culprit apprehended at the scene is none other than his wife Paola Brunetti. When a daring robbery with Mafia connections is linked to the suspicious death of the owner of the same building, Brunetti finds himself in a conflict of interest. Torn between the crisis at home and the pressure at work, will Brunetti be able to prove Paola's innocence?

Even though it’s fun reading mindless mysteries, it’s always satisfying to find ones that have some kind of moral dilemma at their core that the hero must resolve. I had never read Donna Leon, who has taught for the University of Maryland in Venice, Italy for many years, but she weaves just such conundra into her police procedurals starring Commissario Brunetti of the Venice police department.
Brunetti is called out of bed one night to come to the station. His wife has been arrested for throwing
Mar 04, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be a favorite. It starts out with Brunetti's wife Paola committing a crime--breaking the front window of a travel agency in the middle of the night and then waiting for the police to come. Of course it's awkward for her policeman husband. She says she did it because the travel agency was booking "sex tours" of exotic cities for pedophiles. When the man who owns the shop is murdered and there's a note about stopping the sex tours, both husband and wife get more publici ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)

Fatal Remedies is the 8th book in the Commissario Guido Burnetti series but the first one I have seen. Fatal Remedies does a very good job of standing alone. Until I finished listening and looked Fatal Remedies up on Goodreads I had no idea there were so many previous books and when I went to the author’s web site I found that there are now 21 books in the series. Now that I know I will be looking for some of the previous books and my poor TBR pile will continue to grow.

The characters in this se
Sep 27, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leon, Donna. FATAL REMEDIES. (1999). ****. It starts out with Commissario Guido Brunetti’s wife, Paola, reacting to travel agencies arranging “sex tours” by throwing a rock through their plate glass window. Brunetti gets her off this time, but – after a couple of days – she does it the same agency! This time, the owner and his attorney meet with Brunetti at the police station and demand some satisfaction. Brunetti knows that his wife feels strongly about her cause and can’t promise an ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying very much my initial journeys into the world of Commissario Guido Brunetti and his adventures into the dark side of the fabled city of Venice, Italy. This one begins with Guido's wife, under the cover of darkness one night, throwing a rock through the plate glass window of a travel agency. She is demonstrating her displeasure at some of the tours this business arranges. Her act of civil disobedience causes her husband some problems in his professional career and creates conflict in ...more
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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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