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Drawing Conclusions (Commissario Brunetti #20)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,070 ratings  ·  353 reviews
Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that a widow died of a heart attack. Brunetti can't shake the feeling that something or someone may have triggered her heart attack. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2011)
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Nancy
One of the pleasures of reading books in a series is that we have a chance to become really familiar with a set of characters. This particular mystery was not necessarily my favorite of Donna Leon's but it drew on Commissario Brunetti's romantic nature and also refined for the reader his very personal moral code. And, that I liked.

Food and family are usually very important in Leon's series and I was a bit disappointed that Brunetti missed so many meals in this book. It is always a great pleasure
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Kae Cheatham
I was given the chance to read the ARC of this mystery, due out in April 2011. It is the 20th Commissario Guido Brunetti novel, the first published in 1992. As an overall tag for what the book is about, I would say it's a story of possible crimes.

Guido Brunetti is an interesting, thoughtful person; highly observant, very little escapes his notice, from the color of grass, to faint bruises along the neck of a dead woman, Signora Altavilla. Along with the bruises, he considers the placement of fur
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Mark Stevens
Terrific setting and sharp-eyed Guido Brunetti (as always). Deep undercurrents of Venice (as with most in this series).

But “Drawing Conclusions,” for me, dragged along. The story failed to work up a head of steam. Guido Brunetti didn’t seem all that concerned. Sure, he’s dogged. Sure, he keeps going over the scant details he uncovers. Yes, he has some powerful conversations and finally gets to the bottom of matters. But the investigation into the strange death of widow Costanza Altavilla is too
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Jeanne
An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment and the coroner declares that she has died of a heart attack. But Brunetti is troubled by this death and senses that there is more to it than first appears. When he discovers her connection to a network of safehouses for abused women and her relationships with residents at a nursing home where she volunteered, his suspicions seem justified. But of course, as with all of Leon’s mysteries, nothing is straightforward, everything is complicated, and wh ...more
Monica
What I can say about “Drawing Conclusions” that I haven’t said about all of Donna Leon’s other books? Her books are always well thought out and have more to do with the complexity of human emotion than they do with the violence of death. I never tire of the way Brunetti works through an investigation…the way he thinks, the way he looks inside himself to arrive at answers. I’m nearing the last book that Leon has of yet written in this series...and am hoping she writes a little faster!
Jack
An adequate but not great detective story. This is a recent story about Leon's recurring character, Guido Brunetti, a detective in Venice, Italy. I liked Brunetti, refreshingly he is a detective without a flawed personal life.

The story is unusual for the detective genre. A woman is dead, but it isn't clear if it is murder or a natural death. One of the problems with the story for me is that the question is never resolved, at the end we don't really know how the woman died.

Along the way there are
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Caroline
When an elderly woman is found dead in her apartment, with no sign of an intruder, and the coroner reports her death as the result of a heart attack, there should not have been any inquiry into her death. However, since Commissario Brunetti was called out to the scene of the crime, he experienced a sense of disquiet over her death. More so when he speaks with the coroner and is informed that there were some faint bruises on the woman's shoulder, which could have been caused by a person's grippin ...more
David Harry
Nov 15, 2011 David Harry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves mysteries
Shelves: mystery
I love Venice and one of the reasons I loved Donna Leon’s latest book, Drawing Conclusions, is because it is set in Venice. The famous Commissario Guido Brunetti return again to investigate the apparent heart attack of an older woman.

The other reason I loved Leon's novel is because it perfectly captures the imperfections of the human condition. These human imperfections are as apparent as the crumbling imperfections of the once great city.

Commissario Brunetti probes what, to the professionals
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Judy
This is the 20th book in this series and only the second one that I have read. I read #18 and this one. I have a feeling that to do justice to the series that I should start at the beginning and read them in order so that the characters and the relationships can unfold and mature. But until then--Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to the apartment of a woman in her 60s who is found dead by her neighbor. Although the autopsy reveals that she died of a heart attack, Brunetti thinks that ...more
Judie
Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate the death of middle-aged woman in her apartment. She had been dead for a few days. There was a cut on her scalp, blood on the floor and radiator, and a few light marks near her neck. The death appeared to be a heart attack.
The woman was the mother of Vice-Questore Guiseppe Patta’s son’s former veterinarian and Patta wanted to know what happened. Fast.
His first priority is learning about the woman. With the help of his assistant Vianello and
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Beth


Guido Brunetti is having dinner with Vice-Questore Patta and Lieutenant Scarpa, forced into this social occasion ostensibly to discuss promotions. Guido is praying for the end of the world or, at least, some violent distraction by armed intruders so that he could grab a gun and rid himself of the two men. Brunetti is not a a violent man but dealing with these men at the Questura is one thing, dealing with them on his own time is something else again.

When his cell phone rings, Brunetti thinks it
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Biblio Files
After the disappointing A Question of Belief and About Face, I had resolved to quit reading Donna Leon's new books and go back to her excellent first mysteries. The way she combined social issues with fast-paced detective work in the early books was irresistible. My favorite was her first -- Death at La Fenice.

Then her books started to emphasize the social issues more than the mysteries until in the last few books the murders seemed to take a back seat. I stopped reading about halfway through A
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LJ
First Sentence: Because she had worked for decades as a translator of fiction and non-fiction from English and German to Italian, Anna Maria Giusti was familiar with a wide range of subjects.

When a woman finds the body of her neighbor, Comm. Guido Brunetti is called to the scene. The medical examiner pronounces the cause of death to be a heart attack, but Brunetti has questions created by the blood from a wound on the victim’s head and a bruise near her throat. A search for the truth leads Guido
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Cris
Mediocre mystery book with a lot of lose ends and unsatisfactory resolution. I liked the detective but it is not an original character. Disappointing.
Loraine
He looked up, as if he feared Brunetti had reason to doubt it, "She was a good mother." Then, after a pause, "She was a good woman."
Despite the years--decades--he had spent as a policeman, Brunetti still wanted to believe this to be true of most people. Experience suggested that they were good, at least until they were put into unusual or difficult situations, and then some--many, even--changed. Brunetti surprised himself by thinking of prayer: 'lead us not into temptation'. How intelligent of
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Wal.li
Tod einer älteren Dame
Nach einem Kurzurlaub wird Signora Altavilla von einer Nachbarin tot in ihrer Wohnung aufgefunden. Commissario Brunetti, der gerade bei einem Essen mit Vice-Questore Patta weilt (oder sich langweilt), ist heilfroh, dass er sich sofort an den Ort des Geschehens begeben kann. Was ist geschehen? Die Situation, in der die Tote gefunden wurde, deutet zwar nicht direkt auf Fremdverschulden hin, aber Brunettis Verdacht ist geweckt. Er ordnet weitere Ermittlungen an. Zwar wird bei
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Leslie
One may read Leon's books for the mysteries, one may read them for the vivd depictions of Venice, or one may read them for the good man that is her protagonist. Brunetti is just a smidge more world-weary in this one, more willing to challenge the status quo in order to bring justice for a woman he suspects was murdered. Satisfying, richly detailed, and clever as always - it's a mystery whether Leon's prose or her characterization is better.
Alison C
I'm a bit stunned to realize that Drawing Conclusions is the 20th book in Donna Leon's series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice, Italy; I've been reading this series since its first "chapter," Death at La Fenice, but I hadn't noticed how many years had passed since that first tantalizing breath of the air and world of Venice that she so wonderfully evokes. Anticipating the delights of a new Brunetti story has been a fixture in my life for decades now, and I've yet to be disappointed ...more
Lois
When a woman is found dead of an apparent heart attack in her apartment, Brunetti suspects that mitigating circumstances may have brought on her attack. He discovers that the woman, a widow has been sheltering battered or abused women and Brunetti investigates the non profit agency for which the woman has been volunteering. The chase leads him to a home for the elderly where the woman has also been volunteering where Brunetti meets a possible suspect. As one might suspect from the title, suspici ...more
Julie
The combination of Donna Leon's detailed, subtle & multi-layered writing & narrator David Colacci's wonderful vocal range is excellent. Hardly able to put it down, I continued to listen while I vacuumed the house this afternoon (just turned up the volume!). It's marvelous to be able to enjoy being transported to Venice while you complete mundane household chores! I highly recommend listening to this series.
Jan
Another solid Brunetti story. As relaxing as a warm bath, these books are charming. It is a real change in detective fiction to be dealing with a detective who is neither alcoholic or in marriage ruined by his job. Brunetti has a wife and two children whom he loves and the backdrop of a Venetian setting adds almost another character to the stories. The thing I like most about them though is Brunetti's moral centre, held despite the cruelties he sees in his his work and the corruption rife in Ita ...more
Linda
This was my first and, I am sorry to say, probably my last Brunetti mystery. After a compelling and suspenseful opening, the plot fizzled to a slow, muddled mess with no real resolution. I read mysteries partly to enjoy the reveal and to see if I guessed the culprit correctly. That satisfying end was missing. Lengthy descriptions of meals and bits of business slowed the pacing to a crawl. Whole chapters were interesting descriptions of a lunch or a family member but did nothing to move the story ...more
nicdavdi
A slightly wistful outing for Commisario Brunnetti in this tale. There is a slow and gentle pace to this story of a 'is it or isn't it a murder' A story for a Sunday afternoon if there was ever one. As ever the city of Venice is conjured up for our delight and it's canals, calles and campos are the backdrop to the tale. This is an introspective Brunnetti dealing patiently with a mystery that might be nothing more than a tragic accident.There is no grand set scene here, rather an unravelling of a ...more
Alan Williams
The book is well written, the characters well drawn but the pace is so slow. Commissario Brunetti seems to have nothing else to do but to find out whether something unpleasant happened before the old lady died of a heart attack. Fans of police thrillers such as those of Joe Nesbo do not get this book. Those wanting police based literature and authentic descriptions of Italy, especially Venice, do read the Aurelio Zen novels of Michael Dibden. However this book does delve into the emotions and mo ...more
Karen
These Commissario Brunetti books are like dandelions gone to seed ... one strong breath and poof! they're gone. What I like about them: the view of Venice as a normal city where people work and live (vs. glorified place for tourists), the personality of Brunetti and his relationship with his wife and kids, Signora Electra, the fantastic and devious assistant to Brunetti's boss, and the fantastic accent of the reader for the books on CD. What I don't like: weak plots, and not very complicated mys ...more
Shonna Froebel
This novel is a quieter story than many of hers, with less food. (And usually the lovely food is one of the draws for this series.) Here, a young woman, Signora Giusti has returned home early from a trip to meet her fiance's family and certain things don't seem right about her downstairs neighbour, Signora Altavilla, not responding to her calls or knocks. She goes to use her key to see what is wrong and finds the door unlocked and, after going into the living area, finds her neighbour dead on th ...more
Toni Osborne
Book 20, in the Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

As usual Ms. Leon’s social concerns always play a prominent component of her mysteries; in her latest tale she looks into how a civilized society treats abused women and the elderly. The catchy setting is the romantic waterways of Venice with the loveable and caring Commissario Brunetti at the helm.

The story opens with the death of sexagenarian, Widow Costanza Altavilla, from what appears to be a fatal heart attack in her apartment in Santa Croce
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Teri Kelly
From what I can ascertain, having not read Donna Leon or her Commissario Brunetti novels previously, this is the twentieth instalment of the criminal detection capabilities of said Commissario. Having said that, it would then come as no surprise (and especially not to Brunetti devotees) that Leon’s Venice and her detective are sufficiently enough drawn and developed to afford her writing an authenticity sometimes lacking in fictional crime. Leon obviously knows her man and his locale intimately, ...more
Ayse
I generally find Donna Leon's books very compelling and thoughtful, as Brunetti's sense of justice and his battles between that sense and the actual laws are always interesting. This latest installment was very unsatisfying, as the mystery to me remained unsolved, or if it was solved it did not fulfill any sense of justice that normally applies to Brunetti's creative solutions. Usually he honors the victims and the important thing is knowing the story of what happened and that there was some clo ...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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Other Books in the Series

Commissario Brunetti (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2)
  • Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3)
  • Death and Judgment (Commissario Brunetti, #4)
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Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1) Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2) Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, #5) Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3) A Noble Radiance (Commissario Brunetti, #7)

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