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Trace Elements

(Commissario Brunetti #29)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding.

“They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no,” Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently-deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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Andrew Smith
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In her 29th book featuring Guido Brunetti, Commissario of police in Venice, Donna Leon has once again provided a storyline in which for the most part it’s not actually certain that a crime has been committed. Brunetti and his colleague Claudio Griffoni are asked to attend the hospice bedside of a 38-year-old woman, Benedetta Toso, who is suffering from cancer. Not only is she certain to die soon but her husband, Vittorio, was just recently killed when his motorcycle went off the road and he ...more
Susan Johnson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book should dissuade anyone from visiting Venice especially in the summer. An extraordinary amount of time is spent complaining about the tourists and the trouble they cause. The heat of the summer is explored in great length. Frankly, the tourist board of Venice should hide all copies of this book because I have never felt so unwelcomed.

This deals with environmental concerns particularly the water which is quite important to Venice. It takes about half of the book to even discover that a
Cathy Beyers
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe not quite as good as her best Brunetti novels, but it was still a pleasure to read. Donna Leon knows how to weave some very worrying topics into the story, such as the quality of the water we drink and the effect of mass tourism on the local living environment and the air. Even more so, though, through Brunetti she raises the reader's awareness of the decisions that have to be taken when it comes to punishing criminals. Deciding who to punish and who to ignore for the greater good of ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is the 29th Brunetti novel. As with all of her previous novels Donna Leon not only gives us a crime drama, but we see the social changes which are happening within the world at large. Leon looks at climate change and the consequences of tourism in Venice.

So, lets look at the novel. Brunetti and his colleague Claudia Griffoni are asked to visit a local hospice. A dying patient wishes to speak to the police about her husband who has recently died in a road accident. However, she believes her
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As per usual in her latest novels Donna Leon uses her books to comment on social, political or, in this case, environmental matters. Also, there's a subplot about pickpocket minors and the police inability to deal with them. Although a crime novel, the crime itself is secondary. In fact, it's not even clear if a murder has been committed, becoming almost incidental, but the story is no less entertaining because of it. At the end, Brunetti is presented with a moral dilemma, and although the ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is another book in the series about a detective set in Venice, I always enjoy the information about Venice as it is a place I really enjoyed visiting. This book focuses on the quality of the water and the heat of the summer. The sad truth about the number of tourists resulting in the destruction of the city is once again highlighted, the investigation focuses around the vague discloses of a dying woman who suggests her husband’s death want an accident, In most police departments there ...more
Janeadams Adams
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
If you've ever considered a vacation in Venice in mid-summer, the newest Donna Leon procedural will dissuade you. The weather is so hot even Guido Brunetti, Leon' s affable, literate, reflective police detective, can't stop thinking, feeling ,and describing it; it; in fact, the heat and humidity are practically characters in this unusually slow and torpid novel. The case involves a dying woman's last declarations about the death if her husband, a chemist with the largest water distributor in the ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won this uncorrected proof copy of Trace Elements in a Goodread's giveaway. The proof seemed to have many more errors and blunders than I have ever seen, including page 81 which was repeated ten pages after the original page 81, and then continued with page 91; there were also words just sitting on the page, not part of any sentence and without any meaning, etc.

Nevertheless, I read the entire book which indicates that I had some interest in the characters who I thought were good, and the plot
Suzanne Somosi

Trace Elements by Donna Leon is better then her last few works, although it can't compare to her earlier books.

If this would be your first bookbyher please read her earlier works first.

She spends way too much time on the technicalities of monitoring water purity and not enough on what made her books so charming. That was the human relationships Brunetti has with his family and his colleagues. In this book they just make prefunctionary appearences.

She has toned down somewhat her anti tourist
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trace Elements by Donna Leon is book , hold your horses, nr 29 in the Commissario Brunetti Series. Every book is a stand-alone. You don't have to read the previous books to understand this one.
I always wanted to read a Donna Leon book, but somehow it always slipped by, til now. And oh boy, I'm happy to report I was glad I gave this book a try.
Trace Elements tells Claudia Griffon and Guido Brunetti's newest adventure, set in Italy. I will not spoiler here, sorry not sorry, only so much- Trace
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another leisurely, sometimes meandering, interlude in Venice, set in the hottest days of summer. Moving at the pace of lizards, the detectives of the Questura slowly but surely solve the mystery of a dying woman's accusation of foul play in her husband's death. Meanwhile, how does it all connect to the contamination in Venice's drinking water? Punctuated by frequent breaks for coffee and observations about contemporary Venice. Not a good fit for first time Commissario Brunetti readers, but come ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti series and have read and loved all 29 of them. As is often the case in this series, Leon’s writing is at its best when it is concerned with the domestic affairs and exchanges of the Brunetti family or Guido’s interaction with the colorful supporting characters in his Questura. And, one always learns something from these books; in this case, it is the testing of the water system serving the Veneto.

It almost doesn’t matter what the case involves, for
Mary Robinson
Each Commissario Brunetti adventure is like reuniting with an old friend. Through the years, readers have been able to get to know Guido Brunetti, his thought process, his family, and his beloved Venice. Each investigation reveals more of his personality and his city, through the marvelous writing an dbeautirul descriptions of art, architechture, food, people, and, of course, crimes. Delightful addition to this beloved series.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author describes the city beautifully. Though part of a series, could be read as a stand alone. The plot is guessable with the title and the direction of the police investigation. But in the end justice is not served. The author argues about this one character and one investigation, but not about preventing future incidents. I am unable to put forward my point without giving away the plot.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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

Other books in the series

Commissario Brunetti (1 - 10 of 29 books)
  • Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
  • Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2)
  • Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3)
  • Death and Judgment (Commissario Brunetti, #4)
  • Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, #5)
  • Quietly in Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti, #6)
  • A Noble Radiance (Commissario Brunetti, #7)
  • Fatal Remedies (Commissario Brunetti, #8)
  • Friends in High Places (Commissario Brunetti, #9)
  • A Sea of Troubles (Commissario Brunetti, #10)