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Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
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Apr 02, 12

Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery. Story set in Venice. The mystery is who killed the world-renowned conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer. Turns out his 3rd wife, Elizabeth Wellaver, who was a physician was giving him injections, he thought B-12, but were actually something to cause him to lose his hearing - arsenic probably. This led him to commit suicide using cyanide because he was despondent over the hearing loss which meant he couldn't function as a conductor. He made it appear that his wife murdered him. She destroyed his hearing to get revenge because he raped her young (10-12 yrs) daughter. Guido delves into the maestro's past and learns details that help him solve the murder. He knows the wife will lie about what happened to protect the daughter's reputation and theat the Italian courts would not convict her of the murder. He closes the case calling it a suicide.
Author/book recommended by Edith Ann Zecca
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William Hayes As you say, "He closes the case calling [the murder] a suicide." I'm amazed that so few readers see this as a worthy of comment. To me, it is the finest part of the plot, based as it is on the great deal of characterization.


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