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Unto Us a Son Is Given

#28 Brunetti

Donna Leon



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05 March 2019
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The annual Commissario Brunetti novel is always much anticipated! They may not be the best written crime novels, but they are amongst the most addictive, as the reader follows Guido through the twisty maze of Venetian calles and even twistier contemporary society. In this outing, he is asked by his wealthy and well-connected father-in-law to investigate an old family friend, Gonzalo, who is on the point of doing something so ridiculous as to make him a laughing stock and outcast from high society. Reluctantly Guido agrees to help, but before long Gonzalo dies of natural causes and there seems to be no need to continue. That is, until one of Gonzalo's dearest friends is murdered… As always, the city of Venice is a character, and the morally upright Brunetti and the way he deals with the dilemmas of crime and existence make for a satisfying read. Lindy Jones


In the twenty-eigth novel in Donna Leon’s bestselling crime series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is drawn reluctantly into an old friend's long-hidden mystery.

As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Under Italian inheritance laws, this man would become the sole heir to Gonzalo’s substantial fortune, something which Gonzalo’s friends, including the Count, find appalling. For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man can’t be allowed his pleasure in peace.

Not long after Brunetti meets with Gonzalo, the elderly man unexpectedly passes away from natural causes. Old and frail, Gonzalo’s death goes unquestioned, and a few of his oldest friends gather in Venice to plan the memorial service.

But when Berta, a striking woman and one of Gonzalo’s closest confidantes, is strangled in her hotel room, Brunetti is drawn into long-buried secrets from Gonzalo’s past. What did Berta know? And who would go to such lengths to ensure it would remain hidden?

Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly follows the twists and turns of the human condition, set against the ebb and flow of Venetian life.
By:   Donna Leon
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9781785152184
ISBN 10:   1785152181
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna?s books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

Reviews for Unto Us a Son Is Given (#28 Brunetti)

Once again, Leon transforms what might have been a straightforward mystery into something much richer and more resonant ... Far more than whodunit, the real subject of this novel (and Leon's work in general) is what we all do to one another. * Booklist *

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