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Quietly In Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti #6)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  3,796 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
In Quietly In Their Sleep, a nun, Suorimmacolata, leaves her order and the nursing home it runs when she begins to suspect that some of the patients, those who have left their money to the home, are discreetly being murdered. Turning for help to Guido Brunetti, the suave, subtle and worldly-wise comissario of police, she unwittingly leads him into an investigation of both ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Meg Morden
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, venice
Brunetti is visited by a nun who has left her order of nursing nuns because she thinks something is fishy about some of the recent deaths in the “Casa di Cura” where Brunetti’s dementia suffering mother is cared for. He starts to investigate and it appears that the investigation is going nowhere but when the humpbacked, snuff-box-collecting midget whom Brunetti and Vianello have just interviewed dies mysteriously and the nun is attacked by a hit and run driver, Brunetti knows that the nun was on ...more
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
Alan Korolenko
Commissario Guido Brunetti is told of five susicious deaths at his mother's nursing home. The source is a nun in the home and Brunetti takes it seriously. Initial investigation fails to turn up anything but Brunetti's questioning stirs up a nest of very bad people under Opus Dei. This all leads to a tense vigil guarding the nun in the hospital and some very disturbing revelations about the protection afforded the church. In the midst of these goings on Brunetti also has to deal with an abusive p ...more
Another entertaining, finely crafted tale about Commissario Brunetti, a police detective in Venice. A young woman who recently left her life as a nun tells Brunetti that she is suspicious about a string of deaths in a nursing home where she was an aide. His investigation pits him against priests, nuns, and his boss. Like other books in this series, the novel has a wonderful sense of place and of Venetian family life, as Brunetti, his wife and children share delicious meals and warm conversation ...more
Sharon Enright
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Second Donna Leon mystery I have read. Continue to be unimpressed, although I perhaps liked this one a little better than the first one I read. This one involves a nun who thinks patients in the rest home where she works are being murdered for their money. The story--as they all do--follows cases of Commissario Brunetti in Venice.

I picked up Donna Leon's books because I heard Louise Erdrich on a summer reading radio broadcast say that anything Leon has written is great.
Jan 28, 2017 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.
Charlotte Larocca
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the series is just getting better with each book
Jane E
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian, fiction
One of the weaker books in the series. Gaps in the plotting. (Purchased second hand on Amazon)
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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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