Fatal Remedies

Fatal Remedies A sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn But Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal For the culprit waiting to be appre

  • Title: Fatal Remedies
  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN: 9780099269304
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fatal Remedies

    A sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn But Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife.As Paola s actions provoke a crisis in the Brunetti household, Brunetti himself is under increasA sudden act of vandalism had just been committed in the chill Venetian dawn But Commissario Guido Brunetti soon finds out that the perpetrator is no petty criminal For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife.As Paola s actions provoke a crisis in the Brunetti household, Brunetti himself is under increasing pressure at work a daring robbery with Mafia connections is linked to a suspicious death and his superiors need quick results As his professional and personal lives clash, Brunetti s own career is under threat and the conspiracy which Paola had risked everything to expose draws him inexorably to the brink

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    1. Alex is The Romance Fox

      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 [...]

    2. Jeanette

      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 [...]

    3. Cheryl

      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 [...]

    4. Nancy

      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 [...]

    5. Joyce Lagow

      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 [...]

    6. June Ahern

      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 t [...]

    7. Cherie

      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 [...]

    8. Lobstergirl

      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 [...]

    9. Susan Bernhardt

      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 [...]

    10. Anne

      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.

    11. Dan

      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.

    12. Pamela Mclaren

      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 [...]

    13. Bill

      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 [...]

    14. Elli

      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 di [...]

    15. Eugene

      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 [...]

    16. Karen Wyle

      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 [...]

    17. Filipa

      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

    18. Sara

      This time my four-star rating stands. Paola as avenging angel matter what misery this causes Guidooh, 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 movinga wife's decision to tape [...]

    19. Tim Hicks

      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 [...]

    20. Carolyn

      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. [...]

    21. annapi

      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 [...]

    22. Mary Ellen

      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 [...]

    23. Nuska

      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 si [...]

    24. Hannah

      I read mysteries because they're neat and contained. This one, not so. This Brunetti novel begins with a social issue affection Guido and Paola's marriage, which leads into the mystery, but not for perhaps a third of the novel. And its a foolish situation I thought out of character for a woman the author had always previously portrayed as extremely smart and sensible. The mystery, once it begins, is fine and interesting as usual.

    25. Lynda

      This time, a family member enters the plot in more than a supporting role. Guido somehow is put in charge of the investigation that centers on his wife. Despite that hard to believe concept, the book was engaging. There was one unsolved mystery, I think, that was a minor subplot. Maybe it will emerge in a later book. Or maybe I missed it. Usually, all ends are tied up nicely, and something about this ending just seemed weak.

    26. matteo

      This series continues to move along. The cases are realistic, the bad guys are often elusive, and family dynamics are more fully explored. There is a little too much of Mrs. Brunetti in this one, but it allows Leon to give more time to a relationship that, while important, probably hasn't had enough overall page time. Some warning flags are popping up, but that's what happens when you're eight books in.

    27. Sarah Hearn

      I always forget between readings how much I enjoy the books by Donna Leon. This is an earlier one in the series so some detail really dated it as pre-21st century. Nonetheless, the plot was solid and convoluted enough to keep me guessing. I did find some things weren't adequately explained within the solution which I why I give this 4 not 5 stars.

    28. Catrinamaria

      Class act as ever from Donna Leon with her "hero" Commissario Brunetti and Paula, his wife. I'm not a big detective novel fan but this series feels different to me. Leon emphasises the many and challenging dilemmas in work and home. Each novel brings a different dimension to the Comissario and his family relationships. I'll carry on reading"A Noble Radiance" up next.

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