Unto Us a Son Is Given

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  • Title: Unto Us a Son Is Given
  • Author: Donna Leon
  • ISBN: Unto Us a Son Is Given
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  • Your situation is always ambiguous, isn t it, Guido , his father in law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leon s soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given The world we live in makes that necessary, Brunetti presciently replies Count Falier was urging his Venetian son in law to investigate, and Your situation is always ambiguous, isn t it, Guido , his father in law, Count Orazio Falier, observes of Donna Leon s soulful detective, Guido Brunetti, at the beginning of her superb 28th Brunetti novel, Unto Us A Son Is Given The world we live in makes that necessary, Brunetti presciently replies Count Falier was urging his Venetian son in law to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count s best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son Under Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo s entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo s friends find appalling For his part, Brunetti wonders why the old man, a close family friend, can t be allowed his pleasure in peace And yet, what seems innocent on the Venetian surface can cause tsunamis beneath Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and one of his friends just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room having earlier sent Gonzalo an email saying We are the only ones who know you cannot do this, referring to the adoption Now with an urgent case to solve, Brunetti reluctantly untangles the long hidden mystery in Gonzalo s life that ultimately led to murder a resolution that brings him way pain than satisfaction.Once again, Donna Leon brilliantly plumbs the twists and turns of the human condition, reuniting us with some of crime fiction s most memorable and enduring characters Get A Copy Kindle Store 10.52 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 259 pages Published March 5th 2019 by Atlantic Monthly Press More Details Original Title Unto Us a Son Is Given ISBN 0802129110 ISBN13 9780802129116 Edition Language English Series Commissario Brunetti 28 Other Editions 15 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Unto Us a Son Is Given, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Pg 52 54 I am confused Who is the robust man seated at his desk, slowly his making way through the pages that lay in front of him just to the right of his computer etc like 4 months ago See all 2 answers Mieke Koppen yes, that chapter was a bit weird a jarring decription of Brunetti at work Talk of work, how does his wife Paola manage all that shopping, yes, that chapter was a bit weird a jarring decription of Brunetti at work Talk of work, how does his wife Paola manage all that shopping, meals, dishes without much if any help while teaching at the university less flag Can this book stand alone or must they be read in sequence like 5 months ago See all 3 answers Rafa S nchez I think it is not necessary to read the 27 books before this, but a few of them is advisable otherwise you will get not a fair idea of Brunetti s I think it is not necessary to read the 27 books before this, but a few of them is advisable otherwise you will get not a fair idea of Brunetti s world Start with the first one Death at La Fenice and then try a few of the rest, if you don t want to read all less flag See all 3 questions about Unto Us a Son Is Given Lists with This Book Sons 280 books 28 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.20 Rating details 3,334 ratings 434 reviews All LanguagesDeutsch 2 English 419 Espa ol 3 More filters Sort order Dec 22, 2018 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley When is a crime fiction novel not a crime fiction novel When there s no crime, of course Well, like this book Except finally a crime is revealed after nearly three quarters of the story has been told Is this a problem Not in the least, such is the nature of this series that the crime itself is often a side issue, the main focus being a broader theme affecting the inhabitants of Venice The star of the show is Guido Brunetti, a senior police officer in the city Correction the star is real When is a crime fiction novel not a crime fiction novel When there s no crime, of course Well, like this book Except finally a crime is revealed after nearly three quarters of the story has been told Is this a problem Not in the least, such is the nature of this series that the crime itself is often a side issue, the main focus being a broader theme affecting the inhabitants of Venice The star of the show is Guido Brunetti, a senior police officer in the city Correction the star is really the city itself, its people, customs and idiosyncrasies This time Guido is approached by his well to do father in law with a personal request concerning a close friend The resultant, seemingly innocuous, task ends up opening a whole can of worms Social custom amongst the Venetian elite, Italian inheritance tax laws, the rights and wrongs of adoption and sundry other topics are touched on Brunneti, meanwhile, seeks enlightenment and solutions amongst the Greek Classics The little rituals involving food and drink pepper these books Coffee and wine are consumed regularly, the latter often in the course of a working day The characters are well known by now this is, after all, book 28 in the series but the relationships have grown and matured There s love for each other and for the city, sadness too in the inevitable decline seen in bricks and mortar and human flesh These stories are reflective and seem to move slowly but they are rich in atmosphere and the prose is expertly assembled And there s always a twist, a surprise lurking amongst the pages I love these books and my reading year would be incomplete without the latest episode I always feel warmed after finishing the most recent offering, but a sense of sadness pervades too for it will be twelve months before I can seek solace with these people once My sincere thanks to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 74 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Feb 11, 2019 Thomas rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Cozy mystery fans Shelves italian crime, netgalley 4 stars.Another pleasant addition to the Guido Brunetti series He is asked to privately investigate a companion of an old friend by Guido s father in law There is a murder and a long buried secret There is only one murder and little violence I recommend this book to Donna Leon cozy mystery fans.One quote Like most Venetians, he was accustomed to swimming in the swirling forth of information and misinformation that flowed through so much of dairy life Thanks to Grove Atlantic for sendin 4 stars.Another pleasant addition to the Guido Brunetti series He is asked to privately investigate a companion of an old friend by Guido s father in law There is a murder and a long buried secret There is only one murder and little violence I recommend this book to Donna Leon cozy mystery fans.One quote Like most Venetians, he was accustomed to swimming in the swirling forth of information and misinformation that flowed through so much of dairy life Thanks to Grove Atlantic for sending me this eARC through NetGalley flag 32 likesLike see review Feb 03, 2019 Roman Clodia rated it really liked it review of another edition If you come to this wanting primarily a crime novel then you might well be disappointed someone is killed, but you ll have to wait till about 60% of the way through the book for that to happen For those of us, though, who enjoy Leon s depiction of characters and relationships that won t be a problem.I d say that this is a book which thinks about the question of family what makes one, what happens when someone tries to artificially create one, what bonds tie people together making them a kind If you come to this wanting primarily a crime novel then you might well be disappointed someone is killed, but you ll have to wait till about 60% of the way through the book for that to happen For those of us, though, who enjoy Leon s depiction of characters and relationships that won t be a problem.I d say that this is a book which thinks about the question of family what makes one, what happens when someone tries to artificially create one, what bonds tie people together making them a kind of quasi family As context, Guido is reading Euripides The Trojan Women and uses it as a conduit to think about the ways in which families are destroyed through war or through corrupt political regimes, and the resultant vulnerabilities of its members To offset this view, we have the lovely Brunetti family the warmth, the humour, the subtle signs of care that holds that family together The book opens with a plea from Guido s father in law, their brittle relationship now in the past.With an interesting insight into Italy s inheritance laws, this is once again an easy but engrossing read Leon s prose and story just flows seamlessly and even if the police case is wound up somewhat perfunctorily, I still enjoyed this hugely Many thanks to Grove Atlantic for an ARC via NetGalley flag 25 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2019 Jeanette rated it really liked it 4.5 stars and one of her best Can it be true that the last 10 out of 28 are actually getting BETTER And all the way to superb So why didn t I give it a five I had to wait 1 2 a day to convince myself because it s truly almost there The length, for instance, is perfection How few, few can write a book without verbosity any longer, and no so than in fiction and some within this exact genre of series Perhaps, it is because the depth of these characters to each other Yet they are so 4.5 stars and one of her best Can it be true that the last 10 out of 28 are actually getting BETTER And all the way to superb So why didn t I give it a five I had to wait 1 2 a day to convince myself because it s truly almost there The length, for instance, is perfection How few, few can write a book without verbosity any longer, and no so than in fiction and some within this exact genre of series Perhaps, it is because the depth of these characters to each other Yet they are so acclimated to their own smugness that they seem blind to it Insular Venice you live in this story Leon s Beastly Things was perfect 5 This one comes next at 4.75 stars I correct myself, and am precise than just 4.5 average Almost all of hers get to past the 4 anyway Guido is stuck in the crack of relative and friend intrigue to stop a much beloved Uncle and patron from committing a huge mistake in his 84th year Adoption But the crime is minimal in importance to the onus of this book At least until the last 70 pages it s not even committed yet This is about the crux of life long 40 to 70 year friendships and what lines that embedded relationship mark in the sand FOR the friends, and for those friends of both And when humans deem to cross that line for goodwill purposes Or selfish purposes And can they be English polite when they commit the line crossing Venetians, you are not singular in a culture of friendship and loving in general becoming secondary to other and worldly considerations especially when it comes to elderly beloved.Yes, all you need to do really, is imitate Guido Follow the money And knowing the Italian inheritance laws won t hurt either.The kids and Paola all have their conversations in this one too Plus it is within a warm spring and oodles of Venice walking zigzags Fao only needs to pilot once or twice This one is probably a 5 star perfection in a couple of categories for Leon in general, as well One is the exquisite and at the same time wide world nuance connotations set in 14 words or less within one sentence that evinces about a new appearing character than 7 pages do in other norm popular series work As she did for the man who was the greeter front desk clerk at the hotel, and who diplomatically knows all the REAL ways to get information for Guido Here it is also international and especially European beyond Italy Spain and England are central too And systems for which documentation is exact and held For instance in Spain they use that other way to complete authorizations for exact documentation Other than the you need to know someone method so perfected in Italy Guido is also making comparisons to the Greek classics he is reading Ironically two other books I m reading right now DO or have characters doing the same thing Yes, war is bad But that doesn t mean all of them were always purposeless.And Patta is seen to have a core of humanity too, despite being from the South Unbelievable.The usual number of religion jabs This time the Jesuits are called the earth is flat cartographers That s the nicest one but they are Guido stated too Il Conte s crowd And I won t even tell you about the remarks from our flower loving 3 week vacation going secretary either Fear is her weapon alright Like most authoritarians who empathize and smile.Magnifico flag 21 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Mar 14, 2019 Stephanie rated it it was amazing I guess I am different from some readers who may complain that the mystery enters late in the book and the suspect can be guessed, thought not the reasons.but then I never read the Brunetti books for the mystery I read them for the people and Brunetti himself, and the love he has for his Venice and his colleagues and his family I read it for his saddened but always a little hopeful view of life, and the glasses of wine with his wife, and the light fading over the canal I want to be in that I guess I am different from some readers who may complain that the mystery enters late in the book and the suspect can be guessed, thought not the reasons.but then I never read the Brunetti books for the mystery I read them for the people and Brunetti himself, and the love he has for his Venice and his colleagues and his family I read it for his saddened but always a little hopeful view of life, and the glasses of wine with his wife, and the light fading over the canal I want to be in that place with those people so for this novel I can say I loved it I don t have to tell the story as so many others have done that I just loved it flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 08, 2019 Alex Cantone rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, 2019 titles a z, italian themed, 2019 challenge Lots of us have different spheres of friends, and many of them never meet the other set, sometimes don t even know about them it s one of the reasons funerals are so interesting you see people show up you d never expect to see there It s as if the dead person had lived in two separate worlds Or three The story opens with Brunetti s father in law, the Conti Falier, expressing concern for his best friend, the Spaniard Gonzalo who has lived in Venice for many years and who is the Godfather to Lots of us have different spheres of friends, and many of them never meet the other set, sometimes don t even know about them it s one of the reasons funerals are so interesting you see people show up you d never expect to see there It s as if the dead person had lived in two separate worlds Or three The story opens with Brunetti s father in law, the Conti Falier, expressing concern for his best friend, the Spaniard Gonzalo who has lived in Venice for many years and who is the Godfather to Chiara, Brunetti s daughter Earlier in his life Gonzalo lived in Chile where he owned a cattle ranch, returning first to Madrid during the Pinochet regime, before moving to Venice, where he ran a gallery and was a doyen of the arts scene, openly but not flamboyantly gay No longer in the best of health Gonzalo wants to adopt a young man as his son, circumvent Italy s inheritance laws and exclude his own relatives back in Spain from the will The Conti asks Brunetti to make discrete inquiries on the would be heir.When Gonzalo dies suddenly on a trip to visit his sister, his former lover, German Rudy and Gonzalo s other best friend, Berta, arrive in Venice to arrange a memorial service for Gonzalo and Berta is soon the victim of foul play.Author Donna Leon s Commissario Brunetti series has been on my to read list for some time, and seeing the cover on the new releases stand I could no longer resist Immediately I realised her popularity the setting Venice, is explored in some detail the Commissario seems able to go home for lunch with his academic wife who he adores, and eats dinner with their two teenage children food, wine and conversation hold sway here eyes not locked onto cell phones or video games, a family that reads rather than watches TV Verdict a leisurely and pleasant read, a welcome break from noir , and I look forward to reading other titles in the series flag 12 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 30, 2018 Susan Johnson rated it liked it This is a lovely addition to the Guido Brunetti series but it s a stretch to call it a mystery novel The crime does not even happen until the book is than half the way through The killer was obvious although the reasoning was interesting I was surprised at the background details but the actual crime was no surprise at all I do enjoy the setting though How romantic is Venice I love people catching boats to get around I love the differing ways of viewing life I love the culture The This is a lovely addition to the Guido Brunetti series but it s a stretch to call it a mystery novel The crime does not even happen until the book is than half the way through The killer was obvious although the reasoning was interesting I was surprised at the background details but the actual crime was no surprise at all I do enjoy the setting though How romantic is Venice I love people catching boats to get around I love the differing ways of viewing life I love the culture The insight into Venetian life is 5 stars If that s what you are looking for then this is a five star read If you are looking for a satisfying and absorbing mystery, this is not it Still it s a delightful way to spend some time flag 12 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2019 Laura Mystery in Minutes rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lgbtq, crime mystery suspense thriller, kindle, netgalley, set in italy Thought provoking, and with a wonderful sense of place, prolific author Donna Leon s Commissario Brunetti series is set in and around Venice, Italy Her books have been adapted into a German television series, and have won numerous international awards In a very thoughtful way, they often gently explore topics pertaining to cronyism, nepotism, abuses of power, and environmental concerns Interestingly, Leon, an American who has lived in Italy for decades, and whose novels have been published in Thought provoking, and with a wonderful sense of place, prolific author Donna Leon s Commissario Brunetti series is set in and around Venice, Italy Her books have been adapted into a German television series, and have won numerous international awards In a very thoughtful way, they often gently explore topics pertaining to cronyism, nepotism, abuses of power, and environmental concerns Interestingly, Leon, an American who has lived in Italy for decades, and whose novels have been published in thirty five languages, has always requested that her books not be translated into the language of her adopted home.What are the odds that I would read two, separate, crime fiction novels The Silent Patient and Unto Us a Son Is Given , both referencing Euripides, within months of one another In this installment, Donna Leon s Police Commissario, Guido Brunetti, featuring in his twenty eighth mystery, partakes of, ponders, and applies universal, life lessons from, Ancient Greek tragedies Brunetti is a patient and learned police chief who, with the encouragement of his wife, reads the classics in his spare time His wife, Paola, often reads with him when she is not teaching at the University, or shopping for, and preparing delicious lunches for the family the descriptions of meals in the book will make the reader s mouth water An heiress to one of the largest fortunes in Venice, Paola is devoted to Brunetti and their two children, and still fills, and seemingly enjoys, the traditional role of doing the lion s share of the household chores, while still holding her role as a professor.Within Unto Us a Son Is Given, the Commissario s very well to do father in law, Orazio Falier, a count and a descendant of Florentine princes, asks Brunetti to discreetly look into a legal situation involving Falier s best friend and also godfather to Paola It would seem that this particular family friend, Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejeda, has been consulting with avvocati lawyers to be able to legally adopt a much younger man, but an adult, nonetheless Il Conte would like to know the motivation for this adoption Is his dear friend making a sound decision, or is he being manipulated, as Gonzalo s legal heir stands to inherit his estate When bodies start collecting at the morgue, the need to understand Gonzalo s legal, and personal, arrangement, and whether the deaths are related in some way, becomes even urgent.Fans of this long running series will be happy to be in the company, once again, of Brunetti s loving family, and to experience a bit of the culture and traditions of the beautiful, historic city of Venice, this time around, in Springtime Many of the regular and beloved secondary characters are in attendance, such as Brunetti s police colleague, Dottoressa Claudia Griffoni, Vice Questore Patta, who is Brunetti s superior at the Questura the police headquarters , and of course, essential and valued team member, Dottore Patta s secretary and unofficial Brunetti researcher , Elettra Zorzi I have only read, years ago, a couple of other books in this series, and was able to slip right back into Brunetti s world That being said, Unto Us a Son Is Given is a police procedural that is very light on police procedure it is light, as well, on violence, darkness, and grit Its underlying mystery and interweaving subplots unfold at a measured, traditional, la dolce far niente pace Reading Donna Leon s latest mystery novel is like returning to Venice on a warm, spring evening to savor a gelato and a relaxing passegiata with old friends.Blog Facebook Twitter flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 13, 2019 Michael Romo rated it really liked it I recently saw some negative reviews here for this series The complaints were mainly concerned with, this is not a police procedural and or not a whodunit In my opinion based on having read all of the Commissario Brunetti series, these books are meant to be the furthest thing from those two criticisms This series, for me, is mainly about the characters and how they interact with each other It is also about the Venice of today and how the city and venetians grapple with the problematic is I recently saw some negative reviews here for this series The complaints were mainly concerned with, this is not a police procedural and or not a whodunit In my opinion based on having read all of the Commissario Brunetti series, these books are meant to be the furthest thing from those two criticisms This series, for me, is mainly about the characters and how they interact with each other It is also about the Venice of today and how the city and venetians grapple with the problematic issues of the day That being said, for me these books are always a pleasure and I savor them like a fine wine flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 16, 2019 Lynn Horton rated it really liked it I m between three and four stars on this Leon book, and I love her work Brunetti is one of my favorite fictional characters she s developed him beautifully, and he never disappoints I also appreciate his wife, Paola, and his family life Actually, every single Leon character is just magnificent, and her depiction of Venice is a mini vacation to one of my favorite places.I m wavering between three and four stars for one major reason, though the storyline The killer was obvious to me very ear I m between three and four stars on this Leon book, and I love her work Brunetti is one of my favorite fictional characters she s developed him beautifully, and he never disappoints I also appreciate his wife, Paola, and his family life Actually, every single Leon character is just magnificent, and her depiction of Venice is a mini vacation to one of my favorite places.I m wavering between three and four stars for one major reason, though the storyline The killer was obvious to me very early on in the book And I figured out the relationship a marriage that led to the death of one character very early I don t read fiction to engage my brain, so it s not that I m a super sleuth or anything It s that the plot wasn t as complex and obscured as most Leon works It s too transparent.Nonetheless, the book is a lovely read, and well worth vicariously spending an evening in Venice, sipping an espresso flag 7 likesLike see review Apr 22, 2019 Moonkiszt rated it it was ok Shelves meh, europe environs, not a fan This story didn t stick to me at all Slow and not particularly interesting and I love mysteries Go figure Moving on flag 7 likesLike see review Feb 19, 2019 Laura rated it really liked it Shelves read 2019, netgalley, suspense thriller, e books, american fiction, cozy mystery I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.Opening lines Your situation is always ambiguous, isn t it, Guido , his father in law, Count Orazio Falier.If you are expecting to read a suspense thriller book from the beginning you might be disappointed On the other hand, the writer just provides us a daily life of Commissario Brunetti with a good sense of humour which is quite peculiar to Italian people.About the plot Count Falier w I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.Opening lines Your situation is always ambiguous, isn t it, Guido , his father in law, Count Orazio Falier.If you are expecting to read a suspense thriller book from the beginning you might be disappointed On the other hand, the writer just provides us a daily life of Commissario Brunetti with a good sense of humour which is quite peculiar to Italian people.About the plot Count Falier was yearning his son in law to investigate the apparently innocent plan of the Count s best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son What can go wrong with this kind of story You should find out by reading this book Even if I haven t read the whole series on Commissario Brunetti, I am really enjoying them since the author furnishes a quite original way of writing crime novels.4 Beastly Things Commissario Brunetti, 21 4.5 Unto Us a Son Is Given Commissario Brunetti, 28 flag 6 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 17, 2019 eyes.2c rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley, mystery and detective, italy fiction A Venetian treat A brilliant, yet understated performance by Guido Brunetti, offset by his reading of The Trojan Women which seem to act as a reflective prompt for Guido all the way through.Along the way we are treated to an insight into Venetian culture and practices I love it Paolo s godfather, Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada, and a longtime family friend wants to adopt a younger man as his son His friends, including Guido s father in law Count Orazio Falier, are shocked and try to dissuade him A Venetian treat A brilliant, yet understated performance by Guido Brunetti, offset by his reading of The Trojan Women which seem to act as a reflective prompt for Guido all the way through.Along the way we are treated to an insight into Venetian culture and practices I love it Paolo s godfather, Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada, and a longtime family friend wants to adopt a younger man as his son His friends, including Guido s father in law Count Orazio Falier, are shocked and try to dissuade him For the younger man would inherit all.Then Gonzalo fall and dies in the street, and a close friend from Gonzalo s days in Chile comes to Venice, along with a former lover of Gonzalo s to hold a memorial dinner Unfortunately she is strangled in her hotel room.All of Brunetti s instincts come to the fore He is on high alert Yet the way forward seemingly comes to a full stop The past haunts the future, but how The delight is in Bruenetti s, instinctive and intelligent sleuthing, his pleasant ways with his co workers and his accurate reading of situations and people.A thoughtful crime mystery set in one of the world s great cities.A NetGalley ARC flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 25, 2019 Carole rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley books Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon is the 28th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series but it easily reads as a standalone Beautiful Venice is as much a part of this novel as Brunetti himself Guido is approached by his father in law in the hope that he will discourage their mutual friend Gonzalo in his endeavour to adopt a much younger man as his son The inheritance laws in Italy permit that this adoptee can then become heir to Gonzalo s entire fortune in the event of the old man s death Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon is the 28th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series but it easily reads as a standalone Beautiful Venice is as much a part of this novel as Brunetti himself Guido is approached by his father in law in the hope that he will discourage their mutual friend Gonzalo in his endeavour to adopt a much younger man as his son The inheritance laws in Italy permit that this adoptee can then become heir to Gonzalo s entire fortune in the event of the old man s death Guido sees nothing wrong with Gonzalo s plan but soon after, the old man collapses in the street and dies It is at this point that the story becomes a mystery I found that this book read as a cozy than a police procedural However, this takes nothing away from the enjoyment of this title Although the action ramps up slowly, this novel packs quite a wallop I look forward to reading other books by Donna Leon Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for the e ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2019 Ray Palen rated it it was amazing In the twenty eighth novel in Donna Leon s best selling mystery series, the apparent indiscretion of an elderly family friend involves a reluctant Commissario Guido Brunettiuntil the sudden natural death of his friend sets in motion a murder Release 3 19 Each Donna Leon novel I read is a gift That being said, Leon has blessed me now with the gift of 28 novels in the terrific Commissario Guido Brunetti series This recurring set of novels may very well be the finest and most humane in all o In the twenty eighth novel in Donna Leon s best selling mystery series, the apparent indiscretion of an elderly family friend involves a reluctant Commissario Guido Brunettiuntil the sudden natural death of his friend sets in motion a murder Release 3 19 Each Donna Leon novel I read is a gift That being said, Leon has blessed me now with the gift of 28 novels in the terrific Commissario Guido Brunetti series This recurring set of novels may very well be the finest and most humane in all of the overcrowded Mystery genre She finds a way to get to the core of every human being she writes about and highlights their complexities and moral struggles and examines this through the choices they make.What is the most underrated yet powerful part of each Leon novel is the city of Venice which plays its part almost like another living, breathing character, as instrumental to the plot as any of the flesh and blood characters who drive the narrative UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN is no different from the high level quality Leon s readers have gotten used to It is also important to include that her writing is so accommodating a reader can dive right in without having read prior novels in the series and still be able to fully enjoy the story.At the beginning of the novel, Commissario Brunetti is approached by his father in law, Il Conte Falier, who seeks his help with a very personal matter involving a close friend o his To say Brunetti and his father in law had a difficult relationship would be an understatement However, Il Conte fully supplicates himself to Brunetti s experience as an investigator and urges him to intervene in the situation that is troubling him Il Conte Falier s close friend, a man of Spanish descent named Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, is an openly homo sexual man in the twilight of his life who appears on the verge of making a seemingly bad decision Feeling that he will die without any love in his life, Gonzalo has indicated he is considering adopting a much younger man who has had relations with in order to be able to bequeath him his entire estate as written under Italian law.Brunetti starts with the person he trusts the most in matters that require intricate electronic investigation as well as the highest level of discretion, his bosses Executive Assistant, Signorina Elettra Loyal readers of the series will also smile as the regular undercurrent of sexual tension is always present between Brunetti and the beguiling Elettra He needs her to look into Gonzalo s background to find out what may be driving his decision to adopt and to see if he may have already followed through on that intent Of course, with the fine bunch of characters involved in this series, Leon is always able to sprinkle in unrelated plot lines to keep things feeling true In this novel, a secondary story involving Brunetti s boss, Vice Questore Patta, and their neighbor s young son who has made several inappropriate comments and gestures to his wife Patta enjoys using Brunetti as his go to investigator even though he does not fully trust him Meanwhile, Brunetti has a face to face meeting with Gonzalo that is one of the highlights of the novel and still does not completely answer all the questions Brunetti has.Unfortunately, Gonzalo dies suddenly from a brain hemorrhage, leaving the case unfinished yet closed for the moment Things do not stay quiet for long as a number of Gonzalo s friends and relations travel to Venice for his memorial A woman who considers herself Gonzalo s closest friend, Berta Dodson, is the most intriguing figure to Brunetti as he had never heard of her before Matters get even complex when Signora Dodson is found strangled to death in the hotel she was staying at on the first night she was in Venice.UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN is never predictable yet rings with truth and, in ideal Donna Leon fashion, does not tie up every loose end neatly by the novels end As Brunetti continues his pursuit of Berta Dodson s murderer, as well as the reason why her relationship with Gonzalo may have marked her for death, he is reminded of a statement his mother often used It would be nice if we could choose the people we love, but love chooses them I hope readers enjoy spending time with Brunetti as much as I do and continue to seek out everything Leon has written with in this series It s always a nice break from the often predictable and over the top mystery thrillers on the market.Reviewed by Ray Palen for Criminal Element flag 5 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2019 Kathy rated it really liked it review of another edition I may just have to back up and start over at page one to spend time with Commissario Guido Brunetti He is given a task in this book, first by his father in law and then forced by his job to learn about plans of a family friend to adopt a young man Things end badly.Beyond what results in a murder investigation, other benefits we are granted in spending time with Guido and his family are finding examples of a loving, respectful relationship between Guido and his wife, a walking tour of I may just have to back up and start over at page one to spend time with Commissario Guido Brunetti He is given a task in this book, first by his father in law and then forced by his job to learn about plans of a family friend to adopt a young man Things end badly.Beyond what results in a murder investigation, other benefits we are granted in spending time with Guido and his family are finding examples of a loving, respectful relationship between Guido and his wife, a walking tour of Venice at times and intelligent police work.Themes interwoven include sons, natural and unnatural both natural and enslaved love.The construction was taut and enriching to such a high degree that the reader may find the gift of serenity as the end result of reading this novel Beautiful read flag 5 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2019 Diane Standish rated it it was amazing I never want her books to end flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 18, 2019 Jon rated it liked it Another reviewer put it very well if you re looking for a cracking good mystery, this isn t it if you re looking for a beautiful evocation of Venice and the people who live there, this is on the same high level as Leon s other books I ve greatly admired most of them, but this one didn t really add much other than to outline Venice s laws of inheritance And the murder was late, the murderer obvious, the solution perfunctory flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 08, 2019 Bill Hobbs rated it it was amazing Leon s series continues, unabated It s book No 28 in her Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series and Donna Leon does not disappoint in Unto Us a Son Is Given In this episode, Guido receives a request from his father in law, Count Falier, to do something about his friend Gonzalo, nearing the end of his life, very rich, and is about to adopt a young man as his son so that he can inherit Gonzalo s vast fortune the inheritance laws in Italy are quite different from ours when the head of hou Leon s series continues, unabated It s book No 28 in her Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series and Donna Leon does not disappoint in Unto Us a Son Is Given In this episode, Guido receives a request from his father in law, Count Falier, to do something about his friend Gonzalo, nearing the end of his life, very rich, and is about to adopt a young man as his son so that he can inherit Gonzalo s vast fortune the inheritance laws in Italy are quite different from ours when the head of household dies, if there is no son, then, regardless of a will, the family members or nearest relatives divide the estate equally Gonzalo has no children He is the lifelong friend of the Counts and a dear friend of Guido s family The hitch here is that Gonzalo s friends fear that the young man he wishes to adopt is most likely a gold digger and they are opposed to it For his part, Brunetti simply wonders why his friends can just leave Gonzalo in peace and let him do what he wants to do Alas, shortly Gonzalo suddenly dies, literally dropping dead on the street And the plot continues after arriving for the funeral, one of Gonzalo s friends is found strangled, and clearly connected to the Gonzalo situation Brunetti now is left to untangle what soon erupts as a very suspicious and almost evil set of entanglements And this is where the Leon magic always shines forth She is so often involved in developing strong characters, strong motives, and plausible outcomes that they interweave into what basically is a simple plot murder most foul With introspection, brilliant police work, and common sense, Brunetti, his family, and his staff wade through all the detritus of Gonzalo s death, in with the usual flair we ve come to know and to expect Through these 28 books Leon has never flinched when it comes to using pertinent and viable socially significant issues, especially issues that directly zero in on the corruption, the scandals, the inner workings of her own adopted city of Venice Reading Leon is like sipping a good Bordeaux or a nice chilled Frescati nice and slow and thorough and tasty, with a lot of intelligence thrown in Or savoring a grand Prosecco and thinking about Euripides and Emperor Hadrian, as Guido is want to do, no dummy, he Alla nostra salute My only complaint Unto Us a Son Is Given is only 259 pages and we ll have to wait another year for Book 29 flag 3 likesLike see review May 30, 2019 thefourthvine rated it liked it Shelves mystery I read this book at the behest of my mother, who thought it was amazing I haven t read any of the other books in the series, and obviously book 28 is not the ideal place to start, so I gave this book an extra star for me, it deserved two stars because I know I am at least part of the problem here But, okay This isn t actually a mystery A lonely older gay man dies halfway through, but he isn t murdered, and a murder does actually take place two thirds of the way through the book, but it s i I read this book at the behest of my mother, who thought it was amazing I haven t read any of the other books in the series, and obviously book 28 is not the ideal place to start, so I gave this book an extra star for me, it deserved two stars because I know I am at least part of the problem here But, okay This isn t actually a mystery A lonely older gay man dies halfway through, but he isn t murdered, and a murder does actually take place two thirds of the way through the book, but it s immediately obvious who did it and why So when you deduct the mystery from a mystery novel, what s left The characters, for one Guido Brunetti, the detective, gets 90% of the page time, and the thing is, I didn t like him He s self centered, judgmental as hell, and distant from the people around him I spent most of the time wondering why he didn t, you know, lift a finger to help out at home his wife, who is a university professor, does all the shopping, cooking, and cleaning, and a majority of the parenting he sits around reading , or care about the people in his life, or reach out to anyone Then, when he has solved the mystery, he decides a lifelong friend was a terrible person for, essentially, being lonely Brunetti feels zero guilt for having contributed heavily to that loneliness I can t like a dude who doesn t try and still feels qualified to judge everyone around him And that just leaves the setting, Venice It s an interesting city, and the look at ordinary ish Italian life is also interesting, but I was constantly aware, reading this, that the author isn t Italian She s American So I couldn t really enjoy the tourism factor, either Basically, this book is well written and very readable, but there s no there there, at least not for me I think what I can take away from this is what I already knew my mother and I have very different taste in books flag 3 likesLike see review Mar 22, 2019 Ivor Armistead rated it really liked it Perhaps not quite four stars, but close Aging, loneliness and the need to feel loved can produce bad decisions and the refusal to heed the warnings of the people who care for you most It did in Unto us a Son is Born Less a detective story than an novel that explores complex emotions and relationships, but that s OK It s a good read and a few hours with Brunetti and his family is always time well spent flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 07, 2019 LJ rated it really liked it Shelves foodie, italy, mystery, venice, contemporary_post_1945, female_author, police_procedural, pub_2019 First Sentence You know I don t like to meddle in things, Conte Falier told Brunetti.Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada is a wealthy, titled man who has announced his intention to adopt a much younger man to be his son and heir Conte Falier, father in law to Comm Guido Brunetti, is concerned about his elderly friend, and asks Guido if he could look into the situation With the aid of colleagues and contacts, Guido fears things may not be as straightforward they seem The theme of family is central First Sentence You know I don t like to meddle in things, Conte Falier told Brunetti.Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada is a wealthy, titled man who has announced his intention to adopt a much younger man to be his son and heir Conte Falier, father in law to Comm Guido Brunetti, is concerned about his elderly friend, and asks Guido if he could look into the situation With the aid of colleagues and contacts, Guido fears things may not be as straightforward they seem The theme of family is central this Leon s latest book, as is love Brunetti s relationship with his family has become a hallmark of the series and that s very true here But it also looks at what constitutes a family It would be nice if we could choose the people we love, but love chooses them Having Brunetti question his feelings towards his preconceptions of gays is an interesting topic Was a preconceived notion the same thing as a prejudice Although the majority of the book is crime free, it is anything but slow and or boring There are so many layers and elements to reading Leon, as there are to life including Brunetti s own family and even his musings over literature and the law Leon doesn t allow one to be lazy but asks that one take the time to think along the way Leon s reference to a technique used by writers adds just the right touch of verisimilitude to the story.Death does come Even here, Leon s presentation of it is to be contemplated It is a terrible thing for us when a person dies here I don t mean here, this time, but always A hotel any hotel isn t the same for days, even longer It s strange because that s what the person is, a stranger to us, and yet we all feel their death Maybe it s the absence of any real involvement with the person that lets us feel the mystery of death Leon s insightfulness into the nature of humans often gives on pause That is, perhaps, her greatest gift and truest strength Unto Us a Son is Given is a compelling story of relationships One might wish the mystery had come sooner, but the twist is startling and very effective, and the procedural and investigative elements grab one s interest to the end UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN PolProc Guido Brunetti Venice Contemp G Leon, Donna 29th in series Atlantic Monthly Press April 2019 flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 14, 2019 Linda rated it liked it Shelves audiobooks, murder, donna leon, cops detectives, italy I ve read every book in this fabulous series and almost all got 5 stars This book did not set well with me It was good but not great I was surprised that the entire book was spent trying to convince an old gay man to not adopt a much younger gay man It opens with Brunetti being asked to visit his father in law to discuss his oldest friend s plan to adopt He asks Brunetti to visit the man and convince him that the younger man has a shady reputation Brunetti doesn t want to get involved but I ve read every book in this fabulous series and almost all got 5 stars This book did not set well with me It was good but not great I was surprised that the entire book was spent trying to convince an old gay man to not adopt a much younger gay man It opens with Brunetti being asked to visit his father in law to discuss his oldest friend s plan to adopt He asks Brunetti to visit the man and convince him that the younger man has a shady reputation Brunetti doesn t want to get involved but he is sucked into the drama when the old man comes to visit him and asks Brunetti to leave him alone Finally, after much back and forth among the friends of the old man, there is a murder I expected it and was not surprised when it occurred BUT what is revealed was a surprise Donna Leon writes a fabulous drama and it wraps you in from the beginning because all of the characters have been in the other books and you have been a watcher in the Brunetti family from Book 1 It s just that it is about a detective who solves murders not about a man who doesn t want to be caught up in the gossip of Venice But, still it is a good book Guido is a wonderful character I listened to audible and the narrator makes the book come alive David Colacci is a terrific narrator flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2019 Shoshana rated it it was amazing A new Commissario Brunetti by Donna Leon is always a looked forward to treat, and Guido Brunetti s twenty eighth outing is no exception Set in Venice, La Serenissima, is as big a star in these books as is their hero Venice has had a hold on the imagination for centuries, and it is easy to understand when reading this series.I don t like spoilers, so I am not going to give any I will say that this book is unusual if you are expecting a murder and the ensuing police investigation, you have t A new Commissario Brunetti by Donna Leon is always a looked forward to treat, and Guido Brunetti s twenty eighth outing is no exception Set in Venice, La Serenissima, is as big a star in these books as is their hero Venice has had a hold on the imagination for centuries, and it is easy to understand when reading this series.I don t like spoilers, so I am not going to give any I will say that this book is unusual if you are expecting a murder and the ensuing police investigation, you have the wrong idea This is a meditation on family what makes a family, and what do the members of that family owe each other You can never go wrong with a Donna Leon book, and I heartily recommend this one flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 03, 2019 Karina rated it really liked it An elderly family friend of his father in law and therefore of Commissario Guido Brunetti, contemplates adopting an adult man His father in law asks Brunetti to intervene or at least talk some sense into the very wealthy,eighty five year old Gonzalo This adopted son would be the sole beneficiary of a than substantial inheritance But he is not the only one who looks upon this scheme with disguised,or not,horror When Gozalo,while visiting his estranged family in Spain, unexpectedly dies f An elderly family friend of his father in law and therefore of Commissario Guido Brunetti, contemplates adopting an adult man His father in law asks Brunetti to intervene or at least talk some sense into the very wealthy,eighty five year old Gonzalo This adopted son would be the sole beneficiary of a than substantial inheritance But he is not the only one who looks upon this scheme with disguised,or not,horror When Gozalo,while visiting his estranged family in Spain, unexpectedly dies from a brain haemorrhage waters start to stir in Venice And old friend comes to Venice so she can organise a memorial service but just hours after her arrival she is found strangled in her hotel room It is Brunetti s task to unravel any connection between Gonzalo and this victim and to find a murderer.A Donna Leon novel hardly starts with murder and mayhem on page one,and it is not different here And sometimes this slowly building up of both the story and the tension works and sometimes it doesn t and it is not to everyone s liking this is by the way the 28th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series,quite a feat ,but here it all comes together perfectly It captures and keeps the attention and the curiosity of the reader well The characters are well developed and it feels very Venetian Italian food,way of life And then there is Venice,not exactly heaven on earth and not exactly inhabited by angels ,but still fascinating and intriguing enough to play a discreet leading role in this series Yes,both Brunetti and Venice are back on track flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 05, 2019 Heli rated it liked it Shelves contemporary, dekkari, e kirja, mystery, netgalley, popsugar19 How strange, Brunetti reflected we choose to love people despite their flaws and weaknesses We train ourselves to overlook or ignore them sometimes these failures of character even fill us with a special kind of tenderness that has nothing whatsoever in it of a sense of superiority This is the 28th book in the Commissario Brunetti series So we are quite familiar with Guido Brunetti already We know his family and colleagues And it is comforting to be back in Venice with him In this book How strange, Brunetti reflected we choose to love people despite their flaws and weaknesses We train ourselves to overlook or ignore them sometimes these failures of character even fill us with a special kind of tenderness that has nothing whatsoever in it of a sense of superiority This is the 28th book in the Commissario Brunetti series So we are quite familiar with Guido Brunetti already We know his family and colleagues And it is comforting to be back in Venice with him In this book Brunetti s father in law Conte Falier is concerned to learn his oldest friend Gonzalo wishes to adopt a son I like Guido Brunetti He is reflective and attentive and loves his family very much I love how he can go home and finish a book he s reading right in the middle of the day The mystery itself is not very sensational There was no crime until well into the second half of the book The crime was very efficiently solved The writing style is wonderfully flowing You can tell the author knows her characters inside and out and treats them with love.Thank you NetGalley and Atlantic Monthly Press for a copy of this book flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 22, 2019 Scilla rated it it was amazing This is the best book I ve read in the series Brunetti is his wonderful self thoughtful, insightful, sympathetic, loving husband and father, and very good detective At the beginning, Brunetti is asked to visit his Father in law, Conte Falier Falier wants to talk about his best friend, Gonzali Gonzali is gay, and has decided he wants to adopt his much younger lover, Attilio Torrebardo The law is that if he adopts him, Atilio could inherit all his riches, which are quite large His friends This is the best book I ve read in the series Brunetti is his wonderful self thoughtful, insightful, sympathetic, loving husband and father, and very good detective At the beginning, Brunetti is asked to visit his Father in law, Conte Falier Falier wants to talk about his best friend, Gonzali Gonzali is gay, and has decided he wants to adopt his much younger lover, Attilio Torrebardo The law is that if he adopts him, Atilio could inherit all his riches, which are quite large His friends have tried to discourage him, but Gonzali has turned from them Torrebardo appears to be conceited, and probably interested in Gonzali for his money than for love of him Gonzali s lawyer has refused to do the adoption or change his will, so Gonzali has changed lawyers Brunetti has gone to a dinner party he didn t want to go to in order to view Gonzali and Torrebardo He agrees that Torrbardo should not be adopted and wasn t worth Gonzali losing all his longterm friends Later, Gonzali goes to Brunetti s office to complain about Paola s father asking questions about him and to try to explain his position Attilio would not agree to work for him, so he needed to adopt Attilio to help him out financially.Then, Gonzali dies of a hemorrhage in Spain, and the adoption had gone through Later Brunetti gets a call from Gonali s close friend Rudi, who said he was coming from London the next day with Berta to arrange a memorial service Berta was another best friend of Gonzali Brunetti meets the plane and takes them to a very nice hotel where they have adjoining rooms Berta tells Brunetti that Gonzali saved her life, and also there was someone she wanted to meet and talk to in the afternoon Late that night, Brunetti gets a call from Rudi that Berta is dead From here, Brunetti is investigating a murder using his brain and his friends and colleagues He reads the emails from her phone and in an email to Gonzali, Berta has said We are the only ones who know you cannot do this Fortunately, the great secretary, Elettra, has found out a very important clue from Spain about Gonzali about how he had saved Berta s life This gives a motive for Berta s murder flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 27, 2019 Melissa Dee rated it it was amazing One of my favorite things about Italians is the high standards they hold, and their willingness to lower those standards in the inevitable face of reality But there are limits There are always limits.Brunetti is back and he is investigating several deaths revolving around an old friend of his father in law The investigation is complicated by his relationship to the first dead man, and to his father in law himself It has been a real delight to follow this series from the beginning, and to w One of my favorite things about Italians is the high standards they hold, and their willingness to lower those standards in the inevitable face of reality But there are limits There are always limits.Brunetti is back and he is investigating several deaths revolving around an old friend of his father in law The investigation is complicated by his relationship to the first dead man, and to his father in law himself It has been a real delight to follow this series from the beginning, and to watch Brunetti and his family age and mature The sensual pleasures of Guido and Paola s relationship and their love of their children, the food the wine I live for the pleasure of hearing Paola announce what is for dinner I visited Venice two years ago and wandered around in a Donna Leon induced daze where I felt like a complete tourist, but also like it was my spiritual home, and that at any moment, Guido Brunetti would step around a corner, see me and smile and nod Unto us is another tour de force, and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Martha rated it it was amazing Through the Net Galley site and the kindness of her publisher, Grove Atlantic, recently, I was allowed the pleasure of reading Donna Leon s latest Commissario Brunetti novel, Unto Us a Son is Given, the 28th but who s counting As a long term fan of this series I was expecting to enjoy it Those expectations were completely met Like many leading characters in long running crime series Brunetti has grown older and reflective over the years, so too have the novels.With Unto Us a Son is Giv Through the Net Galley site and the kindness of her publisher, Grove Atlantic, recently, I was allowed the pleasure of reading Donna Leon s latest Commissario Brunetti novel, Unto Us a Son is Given, the 28th but who s counting As a long term fan of this series I was expecting to enjoy it Those expectations were completely met Like many leading characters in long running crime series Brunetti has grown older and reflective over the years, so too have the novels.With Unto Us a Son is Given , a series that began so many years ago as delightful commentary on Venetian life with some murders mixed in, has here evolved into a novel, of ideas than of criminality Ms Leon, through Brunetti is asking us to consider the nature of friendship, the hunger for love and the damage done when these human needs are corrupted As the book opens Brunetti has been invited for a drink with his father in law, il Conte Falier, one of the richest men in Venice Over the years, this unlikely pair, a policeman from a working class family, and the head of one of Venice s oldest families have developed a genuine respect and liking for each other It doesn t hurt that Brunetti and the Count s daughter Paola have a happy marriage that has produced two healthy children, thus assuring the continuance of the Falier name and inheritance Both men detest gossip, but that is exactly the necessary topic of this conversation about Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejeda, an old and dear friend to both of these men This gossip has or less verified that Gonzalo, a wealthy Art Dealer is determined to legally adopt a young Venetian man, which would make him the legal heir on Gonzalo s death When Brunetti accepts the Count s request that he look into this situation with the eyes of a policeman, a story encompassing love won and lost, loyalty, friendship, desire in old age, deception, greed and betrayal, and a murder is set in motion, with painful consequences Beautifully plotted, with several unexpected twists, the real pleasure for me was in Brunetti s musings on his life and the manner of its unfolding Many of the themes at play in Gonzalo s actions have also found their places in Brunetti s life but with different results Without giving anything away, I found the denouement sad, but somehow inevitable This is vintage Donna Leon but with new added relevance and thoughtfulness 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2019 Neena rated it really liked it Compulsively readable with an unassuming, graceful proseThe exotic Venetian settings and Commissario Guido Brunetti s old school investigative methods are very charming, but it is the character driven narrative that makes Donna Leon s Brunetti series highly addictive In this 28th Brunetti novel, Brunetti is urged by his father in law Count Falier to investigate the seemingly innocent plan of his best friend Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada s adoption of an adult male as his son Despite his reluc Compulsively readable with an unassuming, graceful proseThe exotic Venetian settings and Commissario Guido Brunetti s old school investigative methods are very charming, but it is the character driven narrative that makes Donna Leon s Brunetti series highly addictive In this 28th Brunetti novel, Brunetti is urged by his father in law Count Falier to investigate the seemingly innocent plan of his best friend Gonzalo Rodr guez de Tejada s adoption of an adult male as his son Despite his reluctance to intervene in personal affairs of the elderly Gonzalo, Brunetti agrees to look into the matter, but Gonzalo dies soon after The investigation becomes a homicide affair after one of Gonzalo s close lady friends is found strangled in her hotel room The victim has arrived in the city for Gonzalo s memorial service It s up to Commissario Brunetti to solve the mystery now Tagging along Brunetti, readers marvel at the antiquity and majesty of the city and experience Brunetti s musings they get to read another classic and see the city like a native Venetian while the former solves the murder in his usual style by concentrating on the people behind the crime rather than on the crime The case changes with every new book, but Leon s sleuth is the same guy as ever he still reads, appreciates good food and wine, deals sensitively with victims of crimes, is happily married and have great kids, thousands of things still bother him as always, and he is very much a humane cop There are a few misleading diversions, but that wouldn t stop readers from enjoying Leon s latest slow burning mystery flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Please correct page count 2 14 Mar 13, 2019 07 17AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed Series Commissario Brunetti Other books in the series Commissario Brunetti 1 10 of 28 books Books by Donna Leon More Trivia About Unto Us a Son Is No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Unto Us a Son Is Intellectuals Brunetti repeated I think it s true to say they re the cartographers of the Flat Earth Society 0 likes he involved in the bankruptcy of that plastics factory Ten years ago Fifteen Of course, that was where Brunetti had read the name the factory up near 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 1400, 1312, 521, 83, 18 if rating_details rating_detailssert 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