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By Its Cover: (Brunetti 23) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Leon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra.

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By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra.



When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn't quite add up.



Taking on the case, the Commissario begins to seek information about some of the library's regulars, such as the ex-priest Franchini, a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature, and Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library's chief donor, and comes to the conclusion that the thief could not have acted alone.



However, when Franchini is found murdered in his home, the case takes a more sinister turn and soon Brunetti finds himself submerged in the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books. Alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra, he delves into the pages of Franchini's past and into the mind of a book thief in order to uncover the terrible truth.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1994 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802122647
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4EM558
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Donna Leon has lived in Venice for many years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. 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, Through A Glass, Darkly, Suffer the Little Children, The Girl of His Dreams, and most recently, About Face.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By joc66 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've read all the Donna Leon novels and each spring, look forward with eager anticipation to the publication of the annual instalment. This, the 23rd book in the series has absolutely lived up to my expectations and if you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed. If you are new to this excellent series, set in Venice, then you are in for a treat, and you could certainly enjoy this without having read the preceding novels. Brunetti's investigation this time begins with an investigation of the theft of some pages from some rare old books from one of the city's libraries, although things soon become darker when there is an unexplained death. All the usual characters are here, and Brunetti's frustrations with the corruption and inefficiency of the Italian state are ever-present. He is a superb character; thoughtful and principled a perfect foil to his more impetuous wife, Paola. If you like detective stories set in an interesting location, with a strong sense of place and a subtle plot, then this is definitely for you. The only thing that saddens me about reaching the end of a Donna Leon novel, is that I now have to wait another year to read the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leon's newest is not shelf conscious! 7 April 2014
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Donna Leon never seems to surprise me. She is so predictable. And in “By its Cover,” her latest in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, there certainly were no surprises: she continues to maintain her form in this genre, and long may she wave. It’s the 23rd episode featuring Brunetti and the two loves of his life: his family and Venice. And this episode doesn’t fall short.

One of the (many) exciting aspects of her best-selling police procedurala is that, in addition to providing a first-rate plot development, Ms Leon does not shy away from socially significant issues (murder being primarily, but not exclusively, one of them). Most of this series address one or more of these issues, as her fans know. Corruption of Italian officials and the inept way that society seems to be run is another favorite theme.

But social significance aside, Leon’s got to have a murder to solve—it’s the nature of this series.

“By its Cover” opens with the Commissario is informed of some missing valuable antique books from one of the city’s prestigious libraries. It appears that an American visiting professor has pilfered the tomes. The library staff itself is puzzled about how this was possible. How could it have happened? The game is afoot, of course, from this opening incident. And what reader could not help but be concerned. As the librarian tells Brunetti, there “are readers and there are book lovers.” And book lovers would never indulge in this desecration. He shares the devastation of some of the books with the librarian. “The missing frontispiece was present only as a stiff vertical stubb. Though this small slip of paper looked anything but a wound, Brunetti could not stop himself from thinking of the book as having suffered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner once again 3 April 2014
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After a couple of disappointing outings, we are back with vintage Brunetti, still ably supported by Inspector Vianello and Signorina Elettra. We don't meet the in-laws very much, and the children practically not at all, but we do get an interesting array of variously confused, disappointed, and frankly criminal people. The crime wave this time is the theft and desecration of valuable books. The problems are why would someone do this? who would do it? and, as Brunetti is fond of asking, cui bono - who profits?.
I read it in a single sitting and was really taken aback when I reached the somewhat abrupt end. However - welcome back, Dottore Brunetti and even more so Dottoressa Leon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read- highly recommended. 19 April 2014
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An entertaining read- better than some of the more recent Brunetti novels. The plot revolves around the theft of some important books from a specialist library in Venice. As always with Leon, things aren't always what they seem.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well up to standrad 19 April 2014
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Although this is a long-running series, Donna Leon certainly hasn't 'run out of steam'. The story and characters remain fresh & absorbing. The background detail on Venice is a delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brunetti read! 18 April 2014
By cheryl
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I enjoyed this. Haven't read a "Brunetti" for a while & this lived up to expectations! Especially as I've just spent five days in Venice & so could relate to the locations/venues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Leon does it again 18 April 2014
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Having read all the Brunetti books, I feel like he and Paola are old friends. Once again we have a mystery to solve with a back story that leaves you actually understanding and feeling sorry for the perpetrator.
We see less of the, now grown up, children in this book so we don't have as much of the family interaction that have given earlier books a more family orientated feel but this is balanced with a little more of Paola's family.
As always, I am a little sad to finish the book, it is like friends leaving after an enjoyable visit. I look forward to our next meeting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 18 April 2014
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I've read all the Brunetti books and used to love them, but feel as though Donna Leon has lately (maybe the last three or four books) been "rushed" and that therefore the content and endings are weak. This is sad as she was such an exciting writer and one was quite in love with Brunetti, but both now leave me cold. Sorry Donna!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic
I usually enjoy the "gentleness" of these stories. The background information about Venice, the family details, the relationships at the police station all give these... Read more
Published 2 days ago by PSD
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and enjoyable...
When the Chief Librarian of the Biblioteca Merula in Venice discovers that someone has been vandalising their collection of rare antiquarian books, Commissario Guido Brunetti is... Read more
Published 5 days ago by FictionFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another absorbing Brunetti mystery
Donna Leon's creation, Commissario Guido Brunetti, is one of the most sympathetic and engaging detectives in crime fiction. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Lucy Stylianou
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from DONNA LEON
From the first paragraph to the last it was a gripping read. Far easier on my kindle than a book! I have read all the Brunetti books and I reckon this is one of the best. Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and abrupt
The premise seems to be vintage Brunetti and I started to really get into the story....only for it to come to an abrupt end!
Published 12 days ago by Seri
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine addition to the series
n this latest episode of Commissario Guido Brunneti series, the plot and characters are well-honed--sharper and more concise than in the previous books--and the conclusion is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Blue in Washington
3.0 out of 5 stars Short
This one opens with Brunetti investigating the theft of pages and books from a library on the Zattere, a library whose major donor is a friend of Brunetti's (wife's) family and who... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jeff Cotton
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