Quietly in Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti #6)
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
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 ...more
It turns out Paola is a virulent atheist, which results in some pretty funny conversations between Paola and Brunetti, and the way that Donna ...more
A nun tells Commissiaro Brunetti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book has really interesting discussions of ...more
The ex-nun is hit by a car and remains in a coma at a local hos ...more
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 ...more
Ok and some delightful dialogue. Inheritance features large. It's springtime. And everyone is giving nice-nice to the clergy face front, and disdaining and snarking them in more jovial company.
It's extremely Italian. And all the laughter stops at the Consecration.
Seriously, most reviewers think this is Leon's ...more
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!
The Death of Faith is no exception focusing particularly on corruption and conspiracy as it touches the care of the aged and the Roman Church. Four stars.
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Long after he's dead, someone else will own those stupid little boxes, and then someone after him, just as someone owned them before he did. But no one ever thinks of that: objects survive us and go on living. It's stupid to believe we own them. And it's sinful for them to be so important.”
“Can you think of a better way to tell?”