Free (Trace Elements) AUTHOR Donna Leon
Oglinda salvata oOmewhat political theme It is a very contemporary mystery with a contemporary crime It reflectsn the degradation f true justice in ur time and Nemico on compromise For some the ending may not seem satisfactory but upon reflection there is some small justice amidst justice that cannot be achievedTRACE ELEMENTS PolProc Comm Guido Brunetti Venice Contemp VG Leon Donna 29th in series Atlantic Monthly Mar 2020 In her 29th book featuring Guido Brunetti Commissariof police in Venice Donna Leon has Cannella e polvere da sparo once again provided a storyline in 35 stars Donna Leon and her literary creation Commissario Guido Brunetti love Venice But they don t look at that beautiful and historic city and the countryf Italy itself with rose colored glasses No in this Leon s 29th in her detective series you can see how problems both internal to Venice and global nes also are getting Leon and hence Brunetti a little downMass tourism with its resulting crisis f Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel overcrowding pollution andverall major inconvenience to the locals rising crime global warming s effect n acua alta flooding and n weather in general cronyism and corruption and bureaucracy in politics and business You name it Brunetti is suffering from its effectsBut as I said Brunetti loves Venice as does expat author Leon born in New Jersey Leon lived in Venice for perhaps 35 years beginning in the very early 1980s DOGA AST only moving to Switzerland in 2015 but even now visiting Venice perhapsne week per month And her personal experiences and warm regard for the city shine through in her writing We readers feel we are gaining some intimate knowledge Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of the real Venice even as we enjoy solving the mysteries with BrunettiIn this latestf the series Brunetti and his colleague Claudia Griffoni are called to the bedside Bleach, Volume 05 of a dying woman whose husband had recently died in a motorcycle accident They killed him It was bad money I told him so That s all they can getut Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of her in her medically drugged and cancer weakened state Not much to gon but with the help Pentimento of intrepid internet wiz Elettra Zorzi the secretary to Brunetti s boss Vice uestore Patta they will manage to uncover a whole nestf intrigue and corruption and find a murdererThis is not a favorite La maga delle spezie of mine in Leon s series It spends a bit too much time as advocacy literature with an agendaf pointing fingers at various environmental social and political issues without enough time The Last Testament on the actual crime and its solution I have no problem with Brunetti becoming an eco detective but I did need murder investigation and detective work here to counterbalance the dark issuesf global warming corruption pollution and tourism crisisThis is really a 3 star book for me that I m giving 4 stars somewhat paradoxically for the very fact that Leon is using Brunetti and this mystery for a bit f a soapbox We need people to realize that these are serious issues and that the times are indeed dark Brunetti has always been an introspective and thoughtful character and his worries here seem uite in keeping with his personality And ne can Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear only hope that his thoughtfulness in keeping with his personality Andne can The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults only hope that thoughtfulness this book will encourage thought from readersBTW the titlef this TRACE ELEMENTS is clever in its double meaning First the Gaudi obviousne The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of chemical pollutionf water sources and second that mentioned by Brunetti Astrología para principiantes of his having noptimism about these trace elements Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief of behaviour ie in people not with a daughter whon the subject No Puedo Perderte of the environment was as grim as anyf Dante s damnedYep I m giving this 4 stars because In Every Heartbeat of my being so in sync with Brunetti and Leon in their concerns As per usual in her latest novels Donna Leon uses her books to commentn social political r 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 f it At the end Brunetti is presented with a moral dilemma and although the ending it s not as satisfying as I would have like from the story point Sortemesse of view it s a faithful reflectionf today s world as there are times When Things Don T things don t up as neatly as we wishI ve been reading this series for years and I keep doing it not for the crimes La fabbrica di cioccolato or the plots themselves but for its characters Each bookffers a glimpse into their daily lives sometimes with interesting stories than Klara with A K others but always a pleasure to come backIf you ve been a fanf this series for years you ll like this Serving Sera one but if it s your first Brunetti story and you re expecting a traditional murder mystery I suggest you start with the first books in the series ifnly for getting to know these beloved characters from the beginningThanks to Edelweiss and Atlantic Month Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review If you have never read Samurai! onef Donna Leon s marvelous Guido Brunetti mysteries don t let the unfamiliar locale and culture Venice La meglio gioventù or the fact that the newly published TRACE ELEMENTS is the 29th installment in the series dissuade you These novels are written so thatne can pick them up in any rder at any time without missing a beat As for the culture f Venice there are elements Solea of it that remain a mystery to all including the Venetians themselves Commissario Brunettif the Venetian police is an bserver than an interpreter which is just perfect for this long running character driven series that never fails to winningly entertainAs with mo. Ppears to be a private family tragedy They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples f contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep of Venice’s water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident Distracted briefly by Vice uestore Patta’sbsession with youth crime in Venice Brunetti is bolstered Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) once by the remarkable research skillsf Patta’s secretary Signora Elettra Zorzi Piecing together the tangled threads .
3Trace Elements is the 29th book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series Brunetti investigates crimes in his beloved city Lambs of God of Venice Sometimes theseffenses are particular to this beautiful city and sometimes they are universal but they always contain the flavor Morte a credito of Venice Where else can you take a boat to the airport They are all well written with sharp dialogue and references to Ventian landmarks The crime in Trace Elements isne that could be committed anywhere Without giving spoilers the greed cover up and lack OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of concern for humanity were frightening but certainly not unheardf While Brunetti continued to be irresistibly charming with his keen intelligence love Keely and Du of books and food and jabs at Italian politics this was not the best in the series I have read many in the Brunetti mystery series and highly recommend starting at the beginning Especi A uandary for BrunettiTwo seemingly simple cases that had no connection A couplef Roma girls have pick pocketed the wife Mill Hill of a powerful person who wants themut Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost of Venice in case further enuiriespen up something they don t want exposed A dying woman who has something to confess to the policeAs investigations unfold both cases are a minefield This Poison Will Remain of complexities for Commissari Guido Brunetti and Claudia Griffoni As always they are ably assisted by the highly efficient Signorina Elettra whose computer skills allow them into places that they normally couldn t accessOne case involves a uestionf the health Un eroe dei nostri tempi of the planet Both cases speak to what the powerful are able to get away with Brunetti is faced with conflicting choicesAs Brunetti summarizes his reflections and the uestions the situation demands we are remindedf his love Geldsack of mythologiesf the pastHis thoughts turned to the Eumenides and the characters desperate search for an understanding Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing of justice basedn something The Secret of the Glass other than vengeanceBrunetti was both accuser and accused He had to decide which crime to punish which to ignore and choose the greater criminalr the better Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes oddsAs always a complex yet rewarding read Leon s underlying themesf the environment politics graft and corruption bubble away rising to the surface throughout It took me sometime to understand the title I was as confused as Brunetti until we both weren tA Grove Atlantic ARC via NetGalley First Sentence A man and a woman deep in conversation approached the steps The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) of Pone dei Lustraferi both looking hot and uncomfortablen this late July afternoonBenedetta Toso a dying hospice patient who asks to speak with the police claims her husband Vittorio Fadalto was murdered Lions and Tigers and Snares over bad money Commissario Brunetti and his colleague Claudia Griffoni promise to investigate the matter but was it murderr an accident Suspicions mount as they learn about Vittorio s job collecting samples f water to be tested for contamination Piecing together the tangled threads Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health f the entire regionWith an excellent beginning Fox Play one learns that being a Neapolitan in Venice is a far greater handicap than being a woman and thatne may not want to visit Venice during the summer than being a woman and that Star Wars: Lando one may not want to visit Venice during the summer s voice is always a pleasure When talking about the heat she conveys the sensef it without referencing it directly Brunetti realized Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture only then how hot he was He tried to lift his right leg but it was glued to the chair by sweat It is these touches that bring Venice to life by allowing us to see the city as those who live there doThere is a second plot threadf two Romany pickpockets It is interesting to learn the differences between how crimes are handled in Italy versus the United States The secondary plot does raise interesting pointsLeon s descriptions from the route to an address Brunetti takes that nly a resident would know to his description f a room badly decorated to food are a delight and bring the city to life Even a plate Aria Appassionata of sandwiches at a bar sound good From the sidesf the sandwiches spilled ham egg tomato tuna salad radicchio rucola shrimp artichokes asparagus and lives Leon Is Wonderful At Injecting is wonderful at injecting exchanges to make ne chuckle When called into his boss s The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer office Signorina Elettra remarks If you aren tut in fifteen minutes I ll call the police However she is also very good at making Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded one pause and consider as with Bruno s conversation with a nurse But if you work with death you have to become spiritualr you can t do it any when they get close to the end you can sense their spirit Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 or you sense that it s there They do too And it helps them And us She knows how to touchne s emotions Griffoniraised a hand and threw Caught in the Net open her palm as if to release the dead woman s spirit into the air The threef them remained silent for enough time to allow that spirit to escape the room There is something wonderful about a policeman who reads Lysistrata for pleasure and describes Agamemnon as a windbag commander The relationship between Brunetti and his wife Paoli adds normality It is Blue Road to Atlantis onef a couple who has been married a long time and still loves Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica one another An interesting characteristicf Leon is that when her characters are in a professional setting she references them by their surnames yet when in a personal setting Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light or amongstne another as friends she uses their first namesLeon is incredibly good at building a story She takes Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese one along with her through the steps with an amazing subtlety to the cluesTrace Elements is a police procedural without car chasesr gunplay but with a When Dottoressa Donato calls the uestura 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 though he is not sure she can hear him Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially .
St f these books TRACE ELEMENTS includes a strong primary plotline anchored by an intriguing mystery as well as a secondary problem the presentation f which constitutes an interlude Let s discuss the latter first The number Bad Land of pickpockets in Venice are skyrocketing for reasons that are not entirely known to Brunetti He is not tasked with discovering why though he figures itut He is merely instructed to deal with the issue and make it go away for a few days This he does and along the way readers get an idea Lettere: 1942-1943 of how law enforcement politics and the news media interact in VeniceThe primary mystery here takes longer to resolve It begins when Brunetti receives a call from a physician at a local hospice advising him that a dying patient wishes to speak to the police Brunetti and his colleague Claudia Griffoni respond to the bedsidef Benedetta Toso a tragic figure under any circumstances In addition to being terminally ill Benedetta has recently lost her husband Vittorio Fadalto who was killed by a hit and run driver while riding his motorcycle She is L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia only able toffer a couple The Fire of Origins of cryptic statements that appear to be related to her husband s efforts tobtain additional money for her care at a different hospice Brunetti and Griffoni learn that Vittorio had a fairly innocuous job working as a sample collector for a company that measures the cleanliness Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) of the Venetian water supplyIt is the enigmatic Signora Elettra Zorzi secretary to Brunetti s immediate superior Vice uestore Patta who effectively runs the department Her superior ability to gather research no matter where it may be is ultimately what provides Brunetti with the informational key he needs to unlock the doors that reveal the why and the who behind Vittorio s death amongther things All Brunetti has to decide is what to do with the information which is not nearly as simple as it may seemI say this at least Pasto nudo once a year but it bears repeating Anyone who has even a passing interest in mystery literature should be reading this series religiously Leon is incapablef writing badly and is a subtle nuanced storyteller Escaping Me of the firstrder TRACE ELEMENTS continues her wondrous string Goodbye Marianne of memorable police procedurals allf which are keepersReviewed by Joe Hartlaub Please note that there is a little spoiler in here but anyone with half a brain could figure it The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 outIt pains me but Trace Elements barely ekesut a three star rating from meLet me start with the positive Leon is a professional novelist Her writing is crisp and clear Her body Il cacciatore of work is rather vast and her pacing is good In mypinion NO ONE evokes Venice better than Leon Her descriptions are spot The Unscratchables on her love for the city which I immensely enjoy during theff season is Therapy obviousWhich brings me to the negative In the past several novels Leon has come across as a malcontent who is PO ed by the changes tourists are creating in her beloved home I understand her position living inne The Hug of America s premier resorts and I ve seen the effects that tourism particularly large boat and large group tourism is havingn Venice and it s tragic But no place is exactly as it was twenty The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories or thirty years ago and most places haven t changed for the better during that time By virtuef HER EDUCATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AS AN education and the Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone opportunity to live as an in such a magical place Leon s life is very privileged I m not deprecating the hard work and work ethic that produces these novels But love itr leave it DonnaI also understand her recurring theme Speak the Ocean of water and pollutioncontamination Onef my children is an earth scientist and economist and attorney with a specialization in hydrology and we share a love Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward of this most precious natural resource We advocate for it as well as conserve it and have watched the MOSES mentioned in the novel andne f the most ambitious and forward thinking hydrological proposals ever for years This bsession with water and tourism is weakening her storylines Leon s formerly masterful plotting is becoming transparent to the point that view spoilerwhen very early in the story she mentions a certain exclusive brand Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story of watch worn by a person with a particular profession I know exactly who the villain is and also know his motivation hide spoiler I think Donna Leon is runningut Second Sight (Circle of Three, of fresh ideas perhaps not surprisingly after 29 novels in this series I found the continual complaints about tourism in Venice all too familiar maybe she will write something different now about the summerf 2020 when no Strife one is visiting and the canals are running clean Over recent novels she has chosen themes that show the corruptionr mismanagement in Italian politics and business and I felt this was also becoming predictable In this book the issue is Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath onef the contamination f Venice s drinking waterI still enjoyed meeting guido again and his police colleagues but i again and his police colleagues but I the novel for the most part rather dreary The ending was good though asking the perennial uestion f how justice can best be delivered in a flawed system Brunetti receives an unusual reuest a woman in hospice reuests a visit from the police He and Claudia Griffoni meet with the young woman who is not Roy Al only dying but also has just lost her husband They investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and as in mayf Leon s Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age other novels we learnf corruption in Venice It is wonderful to revisit these favorite characters again even if it does get depressing to hear about all f the corruption in Brunetti s beautiful city Thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for the ARC. N time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman’s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health f the entire region But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous as Brunetti is reminded it can be when seeking solace he reads Aeschylus’s classic play The EumenidesAs she has done so Apple Training Series often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill Donna Leonnce again engages ur sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibili.