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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

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Published December 1st 2007 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (first published 1997)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
3,5 stars

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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 19, 2010 Deborah Moulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2016 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so enjoying these books. The glimpse of life in Venice is so fascinating. This may sound silly, but I am amazed that everyone goes home for lunch and the wives cook these fabulous meals, and people drink wine with lunch. For me this is almost a fantasy life. And then they shop and cook dinner!! One of my favorite scenes is Brunetti and Vianello having to eat sandwiches for lunch and Vianello lamenting he is missing his wife's fresh made pasta.
This book has really interesting discussions of
Aug 31, 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
Dec 25, 2016 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed every one of Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti mysteries. Quietly in Their Sleep is the 5th book in the series and was as entertaining as all of the others. A nun, who looked after Brunetti's mother in a home, comes to see Brunetti. She has left her Order and tells Brunetti that she suspects that people in an old age home are being killed for their inheritance. She has little evidence but Brunetti starts to investigate.
The ex-nun is hit by a car and remains in a coma at a local hos
May 09, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
What a beginning! Observing his own feet for some time set upon a bottom drawer. It seems like half the world has jobs that do next to nothing for quotients of the day- I know mine sure did.

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
Mar 13, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina  Costain
Dec 17, 2014 Christina Costain rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2010 Stven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 01, 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!
Dec 24, 2011 Innes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 14, 2012 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A sweet little, predictable read by Donna Leon with Brunetti as the main character again. His relationship with his wife, is Paolo, is a bit saccharine sweet, they are so love and cuddle and only say kind words. There are not too many characters, just a former nun, who took care of Brunetti’s mother, comes to Brunetti, saying old people are dying without clear cause, and money is going to a priest. There is also a parallel story about a priest sexually abusing boys. Brunetti tows the line at a c ...more
Jan 28, 2017 Vince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 8 novels in, I've run out of superlatives to describe Donna Leon's work. I thoroughly enjoy her Brunetti character, the character of Venice in which she places him, the character of his wife and children and associates around him. The crimes she describes are interesting and the murders mysterious.

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.
Mar 19, 2017 Cam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying Guido Brunetti and is intriguing cases.
Feb 12, 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
Aug 08, 2014 Shuriu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mal Warwick
In Quietly in Their Sleep, Donna Leon’s intrepid Italian policeman, Commissario Guido Brunetti, receives a visit from one of the nuns who has been caring for his aged mother in a nursing home. He knows her as Suor’ Immacolata (Sister Immaculate) though she has shed her habit and appears panicked. She tells a confused story about a cluster of deaths in the nursing home which she found suspicious. Her efforts to question the circumstances of those deaths had been rebuffed by her Mother Superior an ...more
Michael Johnston
Another good Commissario Brunetti mystery. Steeped in Venetian culture, this mystery series has a unique perspective on the world. The main character is a world weary police detective committed to the old fashioned idea of justice even if the slow moving world of Venice and the Venice Police Department in particular get in the way. The dynamics of Brunetti's family - including two school aged children and a spouse who is a professor of literature - add wonderful depth and nuance to the main char ...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
Michael Quillin
Again, global issues like priest abuse and corrupt health care practices prevent clean conclusions. OK, but not one of her best.
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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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