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Na Senda do Crime (Commissario Brunetti #8)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,309 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Guido Brunetti, o sedutor detective criado por Donna Leon, volta a entrar em acção no palco da sua cidade, a mítica Veneza. Neste novo título, o suspense é intenso, desde o início, pela intervenção de Paola, a mulher que partilha a vida do commissario Brunetti. Tendo ela decidido agir «fora da lei» por uma questão de consciência, num protesto contra a promoção de excursões ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published 2005 by Editorial Presença (first published 1999)
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Joyce Not necessarily in terms of plot as each one is free standing. More in terms of Brunetti family. But series works either way
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Synopsis: Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? An ...more
This one made me sad. Paola's attitude didn't help. She has potential to be a champion in the "hater" category, IMHO. For a valid reason, but her hatred is always defused in a wider arena and there is usually friendly fire damage. In this one that included Guido being hurt/hit, IMHO.

The Mafia repercussions were dire, and some of the mood setting conversations with witnesses and in between police departments was 2 star enjoyment reading.

Guido's daughter being 12 and asking some innocent questions
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
It was time for another "fix" of Donna Leon. It has probably been a year since I've read one of her Commissario Brunetti novels and I've really missed him.

The plot is always well conceived, but the real pleasure is in the family dynamic of the Brunetti's, his philosophical and moral musings, and his meanderings around Venice.

And, when I talk about the family dynamic I suppose I mean his "work family" too. The relationships at the office are so real and so entertaining that I think they are my f
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
Huge fan of this series and Commissario Brunetti and especially of Signorina Eletra(?). My favorite part was the "buzz word bingo" she invented for the office to play during the weekly meetings. Definitely will be instituting that at my work place soon.

As for the mystery -- it was not traditional and it was a little hard to follow, but believable in that aspect. I appreciated the glimpse into the compicated relationship between Guido and Paola and the issues of two people taking very firm stands
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strongest of the series that I've read so far. Exploring the character of Brunetti's wife was rewarding.
Max Uhrig
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favourite of the series so far!
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brunetti
Fatal Remedies[return]Donna Leon[return][return]8th in the Commisario Brunetti series, set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]An early morning phone call from the Questura summons Brunetti to complete the arrest, for vandalism, of--Paola, his wife. She s thrown a rock through the window of a travel agency, protesting its knowing complicity in sex tourism to third world countries, where children are prostituted to pederasts. While in sympathy with her rage, Paola has broken the law and put Brunetti ...more
June Ahern
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal remedies
A of powerful look into the marriage of police DetectiveCommissario Guido Brunetti and his professor wife Paola and their marriage problems and and strong differences. This is one of author Donna Leon's most engaging and intriguing novels offers series of the Italian detective earnestly. Every page is riveting with the issues of corruption, social moral and immoral issues and behavior, and unpleasant but real look at political posturing. At some point you as the reader will find
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, I have to confess that I love Venice. So any story that takes place there is likely to please me. Also, I love a good whodunit. Nothing's better for curling up with and relaxing. Still, Donna Leon's stories have something special. Maybe it's her detective, Commissario Brunetti. He's an extremely wise and cool person. A murder mystery's effectiveness depends on the personality of the detective, and Brunetti is extremely simpatico. Maybe it's the way her ripped-from-the-E.U.-headlin ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eric Cantor
I think this might win a non sequitur contest: "On her left foot, a large bunion had pushed its way into the leather and sat there like a section of an egg, the leather stretched tight across it. Was marriage the ultimate mystery?"

Leon is on autopilot here. Her writing is banal, the plotting slack. We begin the book with sex tourism (Brunetti's wife has vandalized a travel agency that sends men to Asia to hook up with underage prostitutes) and end it with expired pharmaceuticals being sold to Th
Susan Bernhardt
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Remedies is the eighth book in the Commissario Brunetti series and the eight book of Donna Leon's that I've read. All of Leon's characters are well described, seem real and she does a great job of weaving the story with the characters. I love the character development over the series. Fatal Remedies concentrated more on Paola, Brunetti's wife than any of the others books that I've read. I love reading about Brunetti's family as much as the actual mystery, although the mystery parts have al ...more
I love mysteries, but I had to scale back from the Mary Higgins Clark-violence-against-women type books. The series takes place in Venice and the author, Donna Leon, gives us a peak into the red-tape and politics of this wonderful city.

The main character is police commisario Guido Brunetti. We get a peek into his police work and his home life throughout the books. Not all the mysteries are tied up in neat little packages at the end, but that's what makes this series so enjoyable.

Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: venice lovers
One of my favorite of the series. The relationship between Brunetti and his wife Paola is explored and a troubling disagreement between the two leads to Paola committing a crime as a point of conscience. Great stuff. Leon explores the tensions that can befall the best marriage.
Pamela Mclaren
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Every time I open a Donna Leon book with a fresh Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, I am always taken by the pace, the interactions and the human side of every decision and action. Even more than the mystery -- which is usually very good -- its how Brunetti deals with family, co-workers, victims, witnesses and adversaries that makes the story so rich.

I like all the characters but in this one, but this time, I have little understanding of Commissario Guido Brunetti's wife, Paola, a college profe
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Commissario Brunetti series by Donna Leon. This time his wife Paola is guilty of breaking the window of a travel agency and has been arrested. She’s trying to bring attention to trips to the Far East for gentlemen who wish to have sex with young people. The story has good food and visits with his family.
These are fun little books.
Andrea Johnson
3.5 stars. I enjoy this series!
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti and Martin Walker's Bruno books are two of my favourite mystery series. They are more than a mystery; they are about communities - the people, the families, the food, etc. I've read 10 of the Brunetti books, with Fatal Remedies being the most recent.
This story involves Brunetti's wife, Paola, being arrested for breaking the window of a travel agency involved in arranging tours for men to go to places like Thailand to have sex with underage prostitutes. There is de
Enjoyed #8 as I have the others in this fine series. The theme here was the semi-legal arranged sex tours for those who pay for them - to countries which are set up to receive those visitors and satisfy their desires, particularly for pedophiles. Paola, the Commissario's wife, has strong ideas about what should and shouldn't be, a quick temper, and will stand behind it with action which she does in this episode. It makes for very good reading... especially how the relationship works through it's ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
No. 8 was a small lacuna in my reading of the Inspector Brunetti series, herewith mended. As with all Ms. Leon's entries, this is a well crafted and intriguing tale. However, our story this time begins with the criminal acts of Brunetti's wife Paola. As this marriage is an integral part of the entire ouevre, one is immediately alarmed, and wonders how this conflict can be resolved. Never fear! Paola's acts of civil disobedience, illegal as they are, can be resolved, and they do set Brunetti on t ...more
Karen A. Wyle
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm rounding up at least half a star, but this may be my favorite of this series.

Throughout the series, the marriage of Commissario Guido Brunetti and his wife, Professoressa Paola Brunetti, has been, in essence, a separate character and one of the more interesting characters at that. That is particularly true than in this book, where their marriage, faced with an unprecedented challenge, more or less takes center stage. There are also moral questions to be faced, though not necessarily resolved
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mais um livro que se lê muito bem, com uma história que se acompanha muito bem e que apesar de ser o oitavo de uma série, não atrapalha em nada a sua leitura, uma vez que não há referências relevantes a casos passados. Podia mesmo ser um livro independente.
Com um comissario Brunneti carismático, procurarei pelos seus novos casos não necessariamente por ordem ;P
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time my four-star rating stands.
Paola as avenging matter what misery this causes Guido...oh, I could have just shaken her.
And yet this is the same idealism that has led me into ridiculous outbursts of one sort or another.
She seems a bit old for this though, and way too intelligent, as Brunetti observes - how could she NOT have known what would come of her getting involved with this?
Other than that, the plot is well crafted as usual and its resolution is moving...a wife's decisi
Tim Hicks
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is my second Brunetti book.

I suspect you might find it a tad tedious if you've never been to Venice. But if you know La Serenissima, it's wonderful to be walked through the landmarks as the story develops.

Brunetti's believable, his wife is a bit of a stretch but helps create the plots (especially this one!).
Guido's boss is cardboard, but Signorina Elettra is terrific. This was probably written in 1998, so we're seeing an early adopter of the computer techniques she uses; and her attitude
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the past few months, I have been reading nothing but the Commissario Brunetti series and I have loved every one I've read (mostly in order, but not always). I enjoyed Fatal Remedies, but had some issues with this book. For one thing, Paola Brunetti's actions didn't ring true--yes, she was upset at a social situation exploiting children, and rightly so. But she has been such a bright woman in the other novels; I could not fathom how she thought her property destruction would change anything. ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating is 3.5, but I'll round up. In this volume Brunetti's wife Paola is on a crusade against travel agencies that sell sex tours to third world countries, and this is a bone of contention between them. Brunetti's investigation of the murder of the owner of a travel agency leads to possible ties to the Mafia, and a bigger criminal enterprise than he realized.

The mystery in this one did not really take much effort on Brunetti's part, so it fell a little flat for me although it was still a dec
Mary Ellen
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This Brunetti mystery begins with a carefully considered bang, as Brunetti's wife Paola protests the sex tourism promotion of an travel agency by throwing a large rock through its plate glass window. Ultimately the owner of the agency - and quite a few other enterprises - is killed, and in addition to his perpetual burning desire to obtain a modicum of justice for the victim, Brunetti has a personal stake in solving in the case: the desire to lessen the weight of guilt felt by his wife.

The myste
Donna Leon's detective novels, with their Italian setting and linguistic elements, seem to be quite popular among readers of detective fiction. This was my introduction to her writing and the most striking element of it for me was the feel that the language was translated, despite the fact that she writes the novels in English and discourages their translation into Italian. Occasionally the language was stilted, almost confusing in its structure and vocabulary choices.
Other than that, the plot i
Judith Paterson
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this detective series with an ordinary man and his normal family; no alcohol problems, no marriage breakdown , no delinquent kids. He doesn't go round beating up suspects or shooting people.
The sense of Venice, as I imagine it anyway, is very strong and there is often quite a moral dimension to the circumstances of the crime. This book is no exception and it begins with a dilema over sex tourism and direct action!
The story is fast paced and there are twists to make the story intere
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Un nuevo e interesante caso del Comissario Brunetti. Este vez se verá implicada su vida personal y la mafia. Crítica al turismo sexual, a los voluntarios de las ONG que únicamente se preocupan por aparecer en la foto, a las empresas farmacéuticas que no controlan adónde van sus productos caducados, a la sociedad, gobierno y política italiana que consiente actos mafiosos siempre que se justifiquen con la evasión de impuestos... una dentellada canina y mordaz. Pero sumamente entretenida. Me sigue ...more
Sheila Confer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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