Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death Dressed for Death Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries

  • Title: Dressed for Death
  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN: 9780143035848
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Dressed for Death

    Dressed for Death Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries

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    1. Alex is The Romance Fox

      Dressed to Kill, the 3rd book in Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti Series starts with a body found behind a slaughterhouse in Marghera. Despite the case falling under the Mestre police department, Brunetti is sent to investigate due to a shortage of detectives in that station. Brunetti is not pleased with the situation as he was due to start his leave and take his family to a vacation in the mountains.At first, the body is thought to be of a male transvestite prostitute but when it’s identif [...]

    2. Jeanette

      First a disclaimer, that I'm returning to the earlier Brunetti novels and reading the ones I missed. So this was read after 21 others, although it is only #3 in the series. And I also have to admit that my very favorites are all within the last 10 books when there has been much deeper and "crux /core" peeled down character development.But this one was GOOD. It was harsher, more sordid and had tougher language and sensibilities in its tone and within Guido's reaction than 90% of all the other 20 [...]

    3. Jo

      Not my favorite Donna Leon-- a bit more grizzly and sordid than some-- but really worth the read for the start of Chapter Twenty-Three, in which our hero, Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti, having a rare night home alone without his wife and children, cooks his supper and reads Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome "The heat usually robbed Brunetti of all appetite, but that night he found himself really hungry He stopped at Rialto on the way home, surprised to find some of the fruit and vegetable [...]

    4. Spiros

      What follows is less a review than a series of anecdotes and digressions (rather like Tristram Shandy). I found myself in a quandry; I was getting ready to leave work, and I had misplaced my copy of The Worst Intentions (according to Freud, there are no accidents), which left me without a book to read on my weekend. I picked up a knackered pocketbook copy of Dressed For Death, which, if you have ever tried to sell books at Green Apple, tells you all you need to know about Donna Leon: we simply d [...]

    5. Deanna

      Bored. Slogged through it on the strength of the reviews and the hope of a series I might enjoy. I listened to the audio and never adapted to the narrator. I never figured out how much of the problem was him and how much was the book. Often I can get past a so-so narrator once the story takes over in my mind. This story never hooked. I understand the plot and tone of this book are different from others in the series. Maybe it’s he wrong place to start. I’m reading the first of the series on [...]

    6. Ann McReynolds

      Of all the superbly crafted mysteries by Donna Leon, this was the only one which began in an exceptionally offensive way. Granted that her touch is always decisive, I continued to another well plotted and believable finish. The blood and guts authors, such as Lee Child, also have highly convoluted plots, but each of Donna Leon’s seem to evolve as natural outgrowths of the human nature of her characters.

    7. Joyce Lagow

      3rd in the Commisario Brunetti series set in Venice.[return][return]In a field in Mestre, a small city just to the west of Venice on the mainland, in a field used by the most desperate type of prostitutes, a worker in an abbatoir discovers the body of a middle-aged man dressed in a cheap red dress and red shoes. His face has been smashed in, making him virtually unidentifiable.[return][return]Because it s August, and Mestre s Questura is understaffed due to holidays and other misfortunes, Patta [...]

    8. Sara

      I enjoyed this less upon re-reading. It took rather too long to get moving. The setup of the Lega della Moralità foreshadows Acqua Alta in its depiction of the use of a pious front to cover corruption and murder. "In recent years, the country had been shaken by arrests and convictions for bribery at all levels, from industrialists and builders to cabinet ministers. Billions, tens of billions, hundreds of billions of lire had been paid out in bribes, and so Italians had come to believe that corr [...]

    9. Häkli A.

      Kirjassa kerrotaan, kun venetsiassa löytyy transvestiittiprostituoidun ruumis. Komisario Guido Brunetti lähtee ratkomaan pulmaa. Tutkimukset johtavat hänet yhä korkeamalle Venetsian nimekkäiden piireihin.Ja yhä enemmän hän on vaarassa kuolla itse.Mielestäni olisin mennyt lomalle kuin tutkimaan mies huoran kuolemaa. Ja murhaaminen ei ole oikein varsinkaan tälläinen, koska en itse haluaisi sellaista kuolemaa ja tuskin kukaan muukaan. Trnsvestiittiprostitoitujen kohtelu on huonoa. Heidä [...]

    10. ElaineY

      REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JANUARY 16, 2017Narrator: David ColacciI rather enjoyed this even though at times I got weary of the Italian accent and wanted a break but the story was compelling enough to keep me listening. I guess I will get used to it eventually as I find Brunetti such a likeable man. It's such a refreshing change to have a homicide cop with a healthy, happy family life and I hope that doesn't change, even if some people think it unrealistic. I found this happy aspect so welcome especia [...]

    11. Phillip

      Sometimes even the bad guys do fallCommissario Brunetti gets assigned a case that is in neighboring Mestre, across the causeway from Venice. It starts out as a murder of a transvestite, beaten nearly beyond recognition. But was is initially unrecognizable is the accumulating set of small details that start to form a clearer picture of the case, and reverse the direction if the investigation. This is a story about power, financial greed and the insightful persistence of a first class writer unvei [...]

    12. Lorette

      I am really enjoying the Brunetti series. Though they are technically crime novels, Commissario Brunetti is quite fun to follow around his home city of Venice. Leon also describes in detail what Guido and his wife Paola are eating for nearly every meal. If you like food, Italy, or just a good read, this might be the series for you.

    13. Katy

      Donna Leon is a splendid writer. Her intelligent perspective makes each of her mysteries a delight. The Venetian setting is amazingly real. I marvel at Commissario Brunetti's ability to retain his humanity and decency despite the corruption he encounters at so many levels of society. These books are my summer treats.

    14. annapi

      I am binging on this series! Book 3 has Brunetti assigned to a case in the city of Mestre when their own Commissarios are all on vacation or leave. The body of a man dressed in a red dress has been found beaten beyond recognition. Despite the fact that Brunetti is scheduled to go on his own vacation, his superior Patta insists he take on the assignment.This time Leon takes us through the seedy underworld of transvestite prostitutes. The story also focuses on a local non-profit charity that provi [...]

    15. Maddy

      RATING: 3.5PROTAGONIST: Guido BrunettiOCCUPATION: CommissarioSETTING: Venice, ItalySERIES: #3 of 15Venice is in the middle of a heat wave, a situation that has put everyone out of sorts, including Commissario Guido Brunetti. Fortunately for him, he and his family are planning a vacation to the much cooler mountain region. But before he can even pack a pair of underwear, he’s involved in a new case. A transvestite whore is found murdered in a field outside of a slaughterhouse in Mestre. Dressed [...]

    16. Mal Warwick

      In 1992, at the age of 50, a professor of English literature named Donna Leon published Death at La Fenice. The novel won a major literary award and set her off on writing a series of sequels, now numbering 25. Set in Venice, where Leon has been living for the past 25 years, these skillful police procedurals feature Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Italian police. Though translated into many languages from Leon’s native English, Italian is not among them. That’s as Leon herself requested. S [...]

    17. Gerald Sinstadt

      Venice is never a mere background for Donna Leon's engaging mysteries: the city is as much a character in the unfolding plot as the police and the villains. And Venice, it seems, is never short of villains. There is corruption at the heart of the case that confronts the amiable Commissario Brunetti but the story begins with a body. Not a body that is what it at first appears, but one that leads into the louche world of transvestite prostitution. Leon's books are the more believable for the fact [...]

    18. Jann Barber

      Our mystery book club members July selection was to pick one of Donna Leon's books. I chose "Dressed for Death."I had to laugh when I realized that this book was set in Venice during an extremely hot period of several weeks when many citizens leave town in search of cooler haunts. Reading it during an extremely hot period of time here seemed appropriate, although I admit that I sat in air conditioning as I read. Still, I could definitely relate to the sweating experienced by Commissario Brunetti [...]

    19. Lobstergirl

      Thoroughly bland, but then we don't read mysteries hoping they're actually Joyce or Pynchon, do we? Here, Brunetti investigates the corpse of a transvestite prostitute found outside an abattoir in Mestre.or is it? (A transvestite prostitute, that is. It is an abattoir, it is Mestre.) As always, Venetian corruption dogs his efforts as he ingests insalata caprese, penne rigate in simple sauces, and kilos of peaches, with plenty of acqua minerale to combat the swampy sweaty miasmas of summertime. A [...]

    20. Bill

      I'd read other Donna Leon books prior to picking up the first of the series. If it had been the first I'd read, it would definitely got me into reading the remainder. It provided an excellent introduction to Commissario Brunetti and the other main characters who make up the cast in the series; his lovely wife, Paola and his two children, son Reggio and precocious daughter Chiara, his team of assistants, Sgt Vianello and secretary Signora Elletro (who I've always had a crush on) and of course, hi [...]

    21. Ellery Adams

      The air in Venice is stifling, but Leon's famous detective doesn't hesitate to dig into the most carefully guarded secrets of Italy's highest citizens to those struggling to survive as prostitutes. Without the support of his beloved family (they've gone on a well-deserved vacation without him) Brunetti doggedly follows a convoluted trail despite the loss of a fellow officer and an assortment of other personal and profesisonal obstacles. From the first scene behind the slaughterhouse, this book w [...]

    22. Heather (DeathByBook)

      I have really enjoyed the other titles in this series. It seems that Donna Leon really hit her stride with this one, the third in the series. Not only is it a good mystery tale, but I also love the relationships and banter between Comissario Brunetti and his family. As in the other books of hers that I have read the city of Venice seems to become a vivid character in itself. Leon has real grasp on how to create a sense of place without overdoing the descriptors. I recommend this one highly. A so [...]

    23. Sandra

      This is the third book I've read in the series by Donna Leon, and she continues to capture my attention in yet another intricate murder mystery. The plotting is excellent, the mood is disturbing (a hot setting in Venice adds weight to it), and the characters are strong and credible. The only problem I had was the ability to retain the names of the characters (some of them were similar) and their connection to one another—a complex list that seemed to expand with every new scene. I should have [...]

    24. Audrey

      This is another excellent Brunetti book. All the Brunetti books peel like an onion giving you glimpses of Italian Society and the problems it faces. The crimes appear to be metaphors for the wrongs and frustrations glimpsed within society as perceived by the writer. The Brunetti books are multi faceted and each one shines like a diamond.

    25. Donna

      I've just discovered the Guido Brunetti mystery series, and have a lot of great reading ahead of me! This is book 3 in the series (I think she's on 24 or 25!), and was published in 1994.Great character development, and a quick, enjoyable read.

    26. Jean Marie Angelo

      Tight writing. Given that this book was written almost 20 years ago, some of the topics and views on the gay and transgender communities are dated. Still, very good writing. I will be looking at the other titles in this mystery series.

    27. Claude

      I didn't like this as much as Death in a strange country. The plot is somewhat awkward and I got tired of being told that transvestites were people like us, which I knew. Didn't much like the end either

    28. Jan

      I like this series, but this book wasn't a favorite- language, subject matter were off putting and I would not recommend. I put up with it cause I have read the others.

    29. Bachyboy

      I never tire of this writer and the glorious Venetian settings in her novels. A great whodunnit - a murder of an apparent transvestite which of course is not as it first seems.

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