Pendant une représentation de La Traviata au théâtre vénitien La Fenice, on annonce brutalement que le célébrissime chef d'orchestre allemand Wellauer ne pourra diriger la suite du spectacle. Le maître gît dans sa loge, le visage horriblement déformé par la douleur.
Le commissaire Brunetti se rend sur les lieux, et constate immédiatement que cette mort est suspecte : la victime présente tous les symptômes d'un empoisonnement au cyanure.
Brunetti, policier pragmatique et intuitif qui mène son enquête comme une étude de moeurs, découvrira dans l'envers du décor vénitien et dans les coulisses de l'opéra la véritable personnalité d'un être cruel qui avait suscité autant de haine que d'admiration.
Avec Guido Brunetti, Donna Léon a créé un personnage de l'envergure du Wexford de Ruth Rendell ou du Dalgliesh de P.D. James. Ce vénitien de pure souche, lucide, drôle et plein de tendresse pour les lieux et les gens, sait naviguer habilement dans les arcanes d'une hiérarchie policière engourdie et ses méthodes peu orthodoxes n'en sont que plus efficaces.
La Sérénissime, avec ses brumes, ses canaux et le dédale de ses ruelles et de ses places secrètes, offre un décor de choix à ses investigations.
Au coeur de la nuit vénitienne, Manuela chute d'un pont et garde de graves séquelles cérébrales. Quinze ans plus tard, la grand-mère de Manuela demande au commissaire Brunetti d'enquêter sur le drame car elle est convaincue qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un simple accident. Même s'il y a prescription, la curiosité et la volonté de l'aider, finissent de le convaincre d'accepter l'affaire. Un cas qui s'avère rapidement des plus troublants...
Quand la grande cantatrice internationale Cecilia Bartoli a découvert la vie secrète d'un musicien baroque oublié, aussi remarquable compositeur que diplomate roué, chargé par le Saint Siège de missions secrètes auprès des cours européennes, elle s'est dit aussitôt : « Voici un sujet rêvé pour Donna Leon. » Conséquence de cette connivence musicale et littéraire inattendue, la sortie d'un nouvel album de Cecilia Bartoli Mission et du roman de Donna Leon Les joyaux du paradis, retraçant l'enquête d'une jeune musicologue qui va soulever une énigme historique : le musicien espion aurait-il trempé dans la plus grave affaire de meurtre de son temps ? Quant aux lointains héritiers du compositeur, ils n'apprécient guère ces investigations. Vont-ils laisser le passé envahir le présent ? Au coeur de la Venise éternelle, un dialogue implicite fascinant.Sabrina Marchese excelle dans ces jeux de voix, de timbres et de rythmes où se mêlent passé et présent, mémoire et suspense.
A woman''s cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Donna Leon''s haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel. When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura 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 appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice''s water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta''s obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta''s secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman''s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of 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 Eumenides . As she has done so often through her memorable characters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon once again engages our sensibilities as to the differences between guilt and responsibility.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD The latest bestselling Venice crime novel from celebrated author Donna Leon 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 they''re so intent on meddling in the old man''s business. 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.
A suspicious accident draws Brunetti into Venice''s underworld - with unintended, disturbing consequences... When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife''s, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman''s husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy''s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward. Following various contradictory leads, Brunetti navigates his way through a world of mysterious informants, underground deals and secret longstanding scam networks, all the while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow Commissario, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness of Signorina Elettra, Vice-Questore Patta''s secretary and gate-keeper. With Gasparini''s condition showing no signs of improvement, and his investigations leading nowhere, Brunetti is steadied by the embrace of his own family and by his passion for the classics. He turns to Sophocles''s Antigone in an attempt to understand the true purpose of justice, and, in its light, he is forced to consider the terrible consequences to which the actions of a tender heart can lead.
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 .
A young woman returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour dead on the floor. A heart attack seems the likely cause, but Commissario Brunetti is not so sure and decides to take a closer look. Soon he discovers that she was part of an organization that cares for abused women and that her apartment was a safe-house.
Convinced that this is the lead he has been looking for, Brunetti begins his search for answers. But as he sets out to discover the truth behind her death, he is drawn into a decades-old story of lies and deceit that has blighted love and ruined lives - and has claimed this innocent woman as its newest victim. Brunetti's investigation takes him deep into the dark heart of his beloved Venice.
In the 28th novel in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, Commissario Guido Brunetti is drawn reluctantly into an old friend's long-hidden mystery. Brunetti's father-in-law, the Count Falier, urges him to intervene in the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodr¡guez de Tejeda, to adopt a much younger man as his son.
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 thirty-five 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 .
Découvrez l'authentique cuisine familiale italienne avec le commissaire Brunetti, aussi fin limier que bonne fourchette. De nombreux plats dégustés par Brunetti sont issus des carnets de Roberta Pianaro, cuisinière vénitienne émérite. Elle nous propose ici près de 100 recettes, ponctuées d'extraits gourmands des romans de Donna Leon. Un voyage singulier au coeur des saveurs de la Sérénissime.