The Golden Egg

The Golden Egg The Golden Egg The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Series Book pp In The Golden Egg as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop

  • Title: The Golden Egg
  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN: 9780802121011
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Golden Egg The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Series Book 22 276 pp In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop keeping violation committed by the mayor s future daughter in law Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to compThe Golden Egg The Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Series Book 22 276 pp In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor shop keeping violation committed by the mayor s future daughter in law Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply Then Brunetti s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.Brunetti begins to investigate the death and is surprised when he finds nothing on the man no birth certificate, no passport, no driver s license, no credit cards As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed Stranger still, the dead man s mother refuses to speak to the police, and assures Brunetti that her son s identification papers were stolen in a burglary As secrets unravel, Brunetti suspects that the Lembos, an aristocratic family, might be somehow connected to the death But why would anyone want this sweet, simple minded man dead Keywords DONNA LEON GOLDEN EGG COMMISSARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI MYSTERY FICTION

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    1. Donna Leon could write a book describing nothing but what the Commissario had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I would not only read it, I would savor every word. As usual in a Brunetti novel, there is a mystery here to be solved--not even a true police case this time around--and that mystery allows Leon to share what she thinks about the state of the world. While I tend to agree with her beliefs, I read her books primarily for the characters and the glimpse into their daily lives as Veneti [...]

    2. Let me begin by saying that Donna Leon is incapable of writing a bad book. This book is well worth reading. That being said, it is not up to the standard of her other books featuring Venetian Comissario Guido Brunetti. Both the depiction of the characters and the plot itself are a shadow of Leon’s usual writing. Most of the stories in this quite phenomenal series have dealt with important socio-political-religious issues. They have represented a loving, an educated and, at times, despairing, v [...]

    3. This may be Leon's darkest crime novel yet. They're all pretty bleak, as corruption in the government at least, is rife. But this is disturbing on a more personal level for Brunetti and for readers--the crime involves human cruelty that is more chilling than one that involves graphically described violence. I've read all in the series, and while I'm not certain this is the best, it has certainly stayed with me. Brunetti battles corruption in the police department and beyond in modern Italy, solv [...]

    4. I am ashamed that it has taken me so long to discover Donna Leon. I can honestly say I am a fan who is going to go out and get more books, preferably the first three, in this Commissario Brunetti series. The Golden Egg is the 22nd novel in the Brunetti series but I feel that it can be read as a standalone as well. Although I'm sure it could have only helped if I had read any of the previos books, I don't feel like anything was lacked in regards to character depth, or vivid imagery. Leon's writin [...]

    5. Sitting down to read a new Donna Leon mystery novel is like sitting down to eat at my favorite Italian restaurant. I approach each book with anticipation and savor the memories of the Venetian setting and her appealing and very human characters, especially her hero, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his delightful family. I am never disappointed.Leon is an American who has lived in Venice for thirty years. Her love and knowledge of the city and its inhabitants breathe through every page. I find mys [...]

    6. Like many of the reviewers here, I LOVE Donna Leon's books, and I'm especially fond of Commissario Guido Brunetti. The author is not just a writer of mysteries; I would say her books are literary fiction structured around a mystery with lots to tell us about life. (Louise Penny is another "mystery" author who's writing just gets better and better, deeper and deeper.) Some of Leon's more recent books have been a little too structured around a here's-what's-wrong-with-the-world theme for me: the d [...]

    7. Question: How can a crime novel with no crime be interesting? Answer: in this case, it can't - or at least this one doesn't. I had read the first book in this series and it was good. Unfortunately, The Golden Egg moves at a sluggish pace and creates virtually no tension or even concern. Commissario Brunetti devotes so much time to wandering around Venice and trying to solve a crime that doesn't exist, that it is difficult to imagine such a leisurely police force existing anywhere on earth. I wan [...]

    8. The Golden Egg is the latest in the Commissario Guido Burnetti Mysteries. If you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed. If this is your first time to read a Commissario Brunetti mystery you will be a new fan. The world of Brunetti: The series is set in Venice and each book adds another layer to the world where Brunetti lives. Donna Leon is a long time resident of the city and she brings it to vivid life.Politics: Like previous books there are many statements about how politics wor [...]

    9. It's a while since I read a Donna Leon and I enjoyed her storytelling more than the last couple which left me with really horrible images. The fate of the young man at the centre of the mystery is awful, and the endless corruption familiar, part of the back drop of what I've come to expect of any crime novel set in Italy. It was a relief not to have people trafficking, sadistic sex and making snuff movies with this one. Some of the scenes are overly melodramatic and some bits don't hang together [...]

    10. The Golden Egg is the twenty-second instalment in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series set in Venice. As someone just finishing the third book in a crime fiction series, I find it astonishing that anyone could write twenty-two (and counting). Equally impressive is the author's ongoing ability to engage, entertain and surprise in this deceptively simple, ultimately harrowing story.Brunetti is given the official task in The Golden Egg of making enquiries into a possible bribery case that might [...]

    11. "The Golden Egg" serves as an introduction to me of the "Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries" and that means that I'm coming to the series very late and have no way to compare this 2013 novel to those that preceded it. That said, I will say that Brunetti is one of the more laid-back and likable police detectives that I have run into in recent memory. Of course, his leisurely pace is largely due to the fact that he is headquartered in his native Venice, Italy, a city (and a country) that moves a [...]

    12. It is no mean feat to sustain a mystery series at this high a level through 18 novels. Of course, that is just what Donna Leon has accomplished, and more (this is the 19th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery). Of course, "The Golden Egg” features that charming and erudite Venetian detective in a tale that begins with the death of a mentally challenged deaf mute who works in a tailor shop frequented by Brunetti’s wife, Paola. She goads Brunetti into looking into the death, which appears to be [...]

    13. "To learn this little, he had avoided his professional responsibilities for a week, and had engaged or commandeered the help of other officers of the state, all in pursuit of what was becoming to seem like nothing more than a whim." - To those already acquainted with Inspector Brunetti, this will seem typical - he ignores or gets around orders from above because they are either stupid or venial, while pursuing the human interest: in this case the death of an apparent deaf-mute.The main story, in [...]

    14. THE GOLDEN EGG. (2013). Donna Leon. ***1/2.Here is the latest Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery from this author. What makes these books fascinating is Leon’s encyclopedic knowledge of the city of Venice. Although American born, she has lived in Venice for thirty years. She has taken advantage of all of this time to learn the city, but also the dialect of the people. In this episode, Brunetti and his wife learn of the death of a young man that they used to see doing small tasks at their local [...]

    15. As a longtime fan of Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries, I've found her last several books to be a mixed bag. Leon doesn't stick to a rigid formula in her books and sometimes there's not even a real crime, let alone a murder. But there's always a mystery and some kind of social commentary as well. I enjoy that and catching up with Brunetti and his family. Still, the mystery is first and foremost for me, so if it's slow to get going, I have limited patience. There was one of her recent b [...]

    16. Commissario Brunetti is always a pleasure to spend time with. As always, this book is less about the mystery that places it on that genre shelf than it is about the small, more important things like family, friendship, and how people get along in this world. That aspect of Leon's books is probably what draws me to her--the crimes are often non-violent, the people are always realistic and three-dimensional, and the setting (Venice) is portrayed with clear-eyed love. This particular story is a sad [...]

    17. I just finished THE GOLDEN EGG, by Donna Leon, my first Commissaire Brunetti novel, and I was tremendously impressed. The writing is beautiful and almost elegaic, as is the portrait of Venice Leon sketches -- a city of secrets and corruption. There's no "crime," though the story at the novel's heart is one that any moral person would find criminal or abhorrent. I admit -- I'm one of those readers who likes to skip ahead to the end of the book and see whodunnit before finishing. But I wasn't temp [...]

    18. Ah Venice, Brunetti, murder, deceit what more could you ask for. It amazes me the quality of the writing, Leon has been doing this for so many years, chronicling the changes in Venice and the world for many years, love her.

    19. What an amazing story! I'm sure we have all been drawn into a mystery where someone we're aware of but don't know very well perhaps see all the time but never talk to suddenly disappears. We notice it, we wonder about it and usually, we let it go. But in this latest book about Commissario Brunetti, his wife finds out that the silent young man "the boy" at the laundry has died. Everyone assumed that he was deaf, dumb and mentally slow — that the pills he overdosed on were accidentally ingeste [...]

    20. Since I have resumed listening to books in the car again - some progress is being made. I found this book to be good but not great - This is the 22nd Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery - but it is not a Questera case. For me - who loves the fictional character - Guido Brunetti - this particular entry did not have the punch that some of the other Brunetti books have - but was still enjoyable. The series is set in Italy - in the beautiful city of Venice. Loved that a Maine Coon cat was mentioned a [...]

    21. 3 1/2 stars. I didn't realise this was 22nd in the series when I picked it up. However, I did really enjoy it. I love the quirky Italian traits of each region explored in the book. Lots of insightful observations together with an intriguing story, rather than murder/mystery. A powerful but disturbing look at public perception of people with a disability.

    22. Book 22, in the Commissario Brunetti seriesFirst I admit being a huge fan of this series but after reading this latest I am really not sure what to make out of it. “The Golden Egg” unfolds in such a languorous manner and keeps the same slow pace throughout I felt I had taken a sleeping pill and waiting for the knockout (ouch). IMO it is too quiet with very little drama, definitely not MS. Leon’s standard, it seemed as if the penmanship may have come from a different stroke…or strongly in [...]

    23. Guido Brunetti is my favorite policeman, though sometimes I wonder how he can continue to work in that less-than-productive Questura. His boss is a political hack, many of his co-workers appear to be barely competent, and often his cases end in morally equivocal territory. But balancing all that are his friendships with the coroner, the boss's mysterious secretary, Vianello, Foa, Pucetti and the local baristas. Brunetti's Venice may be the most authentic setting in any detective series. And his [...]

    24. Donna Leon is a writer whose novels one always reads reads with pleasure. I would not certainly maintain that she is a top writer, but she is effective. Her books allow for a very nice moment, while she tries to do more than telling a story. She reflects on facts of life, on politics (a bit on the demagogy side, I'm afraid), on good or bad living, etc. Following other Southern European noir authors, most probably in the wake of Manolo Vázquez Montalbán, she adds some references to nice Italian [...]

    25. One of my favorite authors; I have read all of the books in this series. This one was slower, taking a long time for the mystery to come together so it was a slow book. Leon took more time developing the characters of Pucetti, the young policeman, and the other Commisario Griffoni. She took a long time developing the character of the perpetrator which seemed to remain out of reach until the end because no one would talk about it. Italy and Venice as always are main characters as are the differen [...]

    26. A couple of years ago, my wife and I were going to visit Venice. "Get a Donna Leon book," a friend said. I read three before the trip and all of them since and anxiously await the launch of a new one each year. If you are looking for train crashes, bombs bursting in air, major mayhem, you should search elsewhere. But for a delicate and deft treatment of a society with corruption just enough under control that God withholds another dose of fire and brimstone, read her books. The Golden Egg can be [...]

    27. Set in Venice--as are all Donna Leon's books. This is #22 in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. They are getting predictable and formulaic but still always readable and it's a pleasure to spend an evening with Brunetti and his family. This one was a rather sad story about the death of a young man who seems never to have existed--no passport, no birth certificate, no records at all. A clever plot with a rather shocking twist at the end that took me entirely by surprise.Content rating: PG. Cle [...]

    28. When a mystery writer includes the detective's family it can lead to masses of irrelevant writing. Donna Leon, however, brings in the family enough for the reader to feel what life in Venice is like and in ways that are pertinent to the story. The Commissario would not have become involved with the death of the young man from the dry cleaner if it had not been for his wife's concern. I would suggest that readers pay special attention to the last couple of pages because Leon has it absolutely rig [...]

    29. I love this series, which is set in Venice, and features Commissario Brunetti. This case starts with the death of a deaf, mentally handicapped man, who worked in a nearby dry cleaners. He died from an overdose of sleeping pills, an it was deemed an accident. Brunetti is also working on a case involving a wealthy family and, somehow the two cases become linked. This is quite a sad story, very moving and one of Leon's best.

    30. For me this was the best of the Guido Brunetti books to date. Loved the love of language references throughout the book - from the family's word games at their first meal to Guido's reflection of their language usage at the last one. Then there's the eureka moment when I understood the title. I won't forget the book!

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