Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta

Book - 1996
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So - 'tis the season to be jolly is it? Well, not in the household of the Grumpy Old Man it isn't. In the case of the GOM, 'tis the season to have to put up with even deeper layers of vexation than usual, and the only thing worth celebrating is that it looks as though you might after all be surviving to the end of what has been another crap year.Everything about Christmas gets up our snitches. Everything. From the breakfast telly presenters who tell us it's now just 120 shopping days to go, to the annual festive strike by airport baggage handlers. From office parties where drunken juniors have waited the whole year to tell you what 'the trouble with you is...', to parents videoing their precocious brats at the atrocious school nativity play where your kid is playing the part of the donkey's rear end. From the woman next door who drops in to show your wife the diamond ring her prat of a husband has bought her, to the 150th opportunity to see 'Whistle Down the Wind' on the telly.And speaking of wind, there's the festive Xmas turkey that tastes like blotting paper soaked in a puddle and sends your digestive system to hell. And how on earth are we really supposed to look happy when someone buys us a tie with a picture of xxxxing Santa on it? Eh?
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780142004968
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 03, 2017

Enjoyable addition to the series highlighting Venice. Rain and wind driven water surges are flooding Venice, but there is murder amonst art thieves that keep Commissario Brunetti busy.

Dec 09, 2016

(The fifth book in the Guido Brunetti series)

Sep 11, 2014

One of the pleasures of this Brunetti novel is the reappearance of archaeologist Brett, who brought the Xian exhibit to Venice a few years ago, and her lover Flavia, diva at Milan and all over the opera world. The novel opens with the severe beating of Brett in her own home by two unknown men, who warn her not to keep her appointment with the head of Venice's major museum, where the Xian exhibit was held. Brunetti visits her in the hospital as a friend, but when the head of the museum is murdered, he is assigned to the case. Brett had just learned that a few of the pots are fakes, which is what brings her from Xian to discuss the matter with the museum director. His death makes her rethink the accidental death in China of her assistant, who packed the exhibit in Venice for its return to China. Brunetti gets embroiled in the art world and the Mafia, as he tries to learn who would substitute fakes for the real thing. One of the best, for its character development, including that of the bad guys, Brunetti's maturing children, and his co workers, including the highly moral Signorina Elettra, who uses means Brunetti is sure are illegal to help him bring down the perps, in the middle of Venice's annual super-high tides.

Jan 16, 2012

After reading Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti books I long to go back to Venice to see and absorb all the intriguing things I was completely unaware of in previous visits.

Aug 02, 2011

fun, entertaining, lightweight mystery with interesting characters set in atmospheric Venice

Jul 28, 2011

Good mystery series.
Excellent descriptions of Venice.

May 22, 2011

Commissario Guido Brunetti series
Wife & daughter


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