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Quietly In Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti #6)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,331 ratings  ·  191 reviews
In the increasingly popular realm of literary suspense, Donna Leon has created a standout series set in one of the world's most beautiful, romantic and historic cities: Venice. An American living and working in Venice for more than 20 years, Leon offers an insiders look at Italian society and vivid, detailed descriptions of Venice.

In Quietly In Their Sleep, a nun, Suorim

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1997)
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Aug 18, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Donna Leon
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
Brent Soderstrum
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Marianna Monaco
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
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
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
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
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
I was struck by how much time Brunetti spends on business other than that of the police. It then became clear to me that this is how Brunetti copes with the corruption he is powerless to do anything about. He instead, gets involved in unofficial police business where he can make a difference. In this one, Patta is away, and Brunetti receives a visit from Maria Testa, a nun working at the nursing home where his mother lives. Brunetti is inclined to believe her because of his observation of the ki ...more
Brunetti recibe una visita de una ex-monja del asilo de ancianos donde está su mamá, quien le cuenta que ella cree que algunas muertes de viejitos en el asilo no fueron accidentales. Le dice que no está segura, que no tiene ni una prueba, pero que tiene toda la tincada, y que más encima cuando preguntó a sus superiores si no les parecía nada raro, le dijeron que se quedara callada y que no hiciera preguntas. Como la cabra es wena de adentro, a ella no le pareció bien y se salió de las monjitas m ...more
Mary Ellen
This is the first of the 5 Commissario Brunetti series I haven't loved. A big part of that was the utterly negative portrayal of the Church. I got sick of the pot shots; every nice character hates the Church; every religious character is nasty. And when she brought in Opus Dei, I thought maybe I'd picked up a Dan Brown by mistake. I am a devout Catholic and was really offended by this.

But the other problem with this book was the really bad solution to the mystery. Tons of red herrings and then
Major themes in this one weave around corruption in the church and some fanaticism. It is well done as all of hers have been so far, and the characters are very believable! I've really gotten to know the main characters since this is the 6th in the Comissario Brunetti series. He is a wonderful family man, and his family is a great one to connect with. It's sad when there is in essence a state church that does wield power if not that much legally but the position of it in the minds of the residen ...more
When Opus Dei popped up in this book, I began to wonder if maybe Dan Brown isn't on to something with his Davinci Code conspiracy theories. Is it any coincidence that he's promoting a new book right as I'm reading a seemingly unrelated mystery?! (haha)

Commissario Brunetti never disappoints me. I like to think how a movie or tv show would be cast from this mystery series. In my mind, I picture Gerard Butler (who I know is not italian) as Brunetti. His wife should be played by Catherine Zeta-Jones
Donna Leon takes on Opus Dei. It's been several years since I last wallowed enjoyably in a Donna Leon novel; an invitation to teach in Venice this spring gave me the excuse I needed. Leon, like Elmore Leonard, has a finely developed moral sense, though unlike Leonard, justice is not always achieved by the end of her novels. That refusal to be neat is one of many reasons to keep reading.
I have read a few of these Donna Loan mysteries - I have found some more engaging than others, but they are all an easy and enjoyable read. For whatever reason, I liked this a lot better than some of the others so I give it four stars. I might even read it again some day.

In addition to travel books, I read foreign mysteries more than any other genre. Now there are those that are written by Americans who visit the country where the action is set (Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith, etc.) and then th
Sixth in the Comissario Brunetti mystery series, Quietly in Their Sleep does not fail to deliver. This novel was first published under the title The Death of Faith.

A nun leaves the order visiting Brunetti with concerns over 5 questionable deaths at a nursing home. She thinks there may have been changes of inheritance by beneficiaries in their wills. Brunetti investigates these deaths and another death and automobile accident occur. Ties to Opus Dei are discovered making everyone uncomfortable.
This is the first of Donna Leon's books that I've read, but I will read the others. It was refreshing to read a straightforward, more realistic murder mystery, without all the convoluted, improbable twists and turns that so many American mystery authors find necessary these days. And I enjoyed getting to experience Venice from an insider's point of view, for a short period of time, as the mystery is set in Venice.
Another good Guido Brunetti book with the usual themes of Venice, family, food and a great cast of characters in the Questura. A young nun leaves a nursing home and reports a series of suspicious deaths of the elderly to Brunetti. Chiara, Brunetti's daughter dislike Padre Luciano who teaches religion and hears confessions at her school. A satisfyingly cynical look at corruption within the Catholic Church.
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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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