The Golden Egg: (Brunetti 22) Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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"The familiar characters and Venetian location are described with remarkable freshness and, as always, the edifying result is both amusing and thought-provoking" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Leon’s impeccably plotted, utterly involving Italian-set novels (featuring the food-loving Commissario Brunetti) have rarely been less than excellent. So it proves with the latest, The Golden Egg. Involved in routine enquiries into a possible bribery case, Brunetti hears from his wife Paola of the death of an educationally-challenged man who worked at the Brunetti’s dry cleaners ... The Golden Egg is Donna Leon on top form." (The Good Book Guide)
"If there’s a writer for whom the law of diminishing returns has been revoked, it’s Donna Leon. The doyenne of Italian crime fiction, whose stamina in returning time and again to her Venetian beat is matched only by her curiosity, she has proved herself, in the space of 22 titles, not only an able detective novelist, but the author of something more substantial ... It is one of the joys of Leon’s work that she can take readers into the sinister heart of Italy, and yet, in the person of Brunetti and his companions, convince us that not all is lost." (Herald)
"The introspective Brunetti, a man with a healthy sense of the absurd and a sharp eye for the fading grandeur of the city’s architecture, makes for good company as he negotiates the perilous labyrinth of Venetian police office politics. Deceptively languid in its pace and a masterclass in mood, The Golden Egg … is a meticulously crafted example of how even the most apparently innocuous of crimes can reveal a trove of history." (Irish Times)
"All beautifully spliced together" (Evening Standard)
The eagerly anticipated twenty-second instalment in the internationally acclaimed, bestselling Commissario Brunetti seriesSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The golden egg however is pretty tedious.
What's the matter with the characters in this book?
Brunetti has nothing to do whatsoever so he can apparently just poke around for no apparent reason all the while we have to endure his tedious reflections on really nothing much. Paola has apparently no issues with a 'retard' working in her local launderette until the man dies and she suddenly discoveres an obsessive interest in his background. Vianello and Pucetti have no relevance to the plot at all apart from introducing a younger police officer to the story line and having Vianello to blurt out half-arsed environmental statements. Signorina Elettra is getting pretty boring, and the new girl Claudio has barely a chance to develop anywhere. Apart from the pretty bizarre prayer scene that again doesn't take the plot anywhere. The Brunetti family life is so bloody repetitive and 'perfect' and pseudo-intellectual I found myself wanting to slap them and their daft word games all together round the face. It is completely obvious from the start who Davide's father was, however the formerly perfectly capable Brunetti takes his sweet time to even suspect that connection. Duh! The doctor who saw mother and son in action and was 'angry' about it saw at no point reason to get social services or the police involved in the face of the most severe neglect and child abuse. Davide himself turns out to be a massively talented artist (never mind how the heck the doctor got to have these pictures). The interval involving Pucetti and the mother is a completely useless story line. If the woman is so stupid that she can't tell DNU from DNA how come she fooled the master liar Pucetti? The whole plot is riddled with platitudes and inconsistencies. And the end is pretty unresolved, too. Bleurgh. Time for Brunetti to retire, me thinks (or at least get divorced).
This tale, The Golden Egg, however, disappoints: it is slack, with not an ounce (or gram) of tension. Even the splendid backdrop of Venice is having an dull day.
And am I the only one that is starting to find Brunetti's utopian home life irksome?; it is an opportunity missed by Donna Leon to introduce parallel plotting tensions rather than serving up the bland contrast of total harmony and bourgeois comforts.
Furthermore, description of dress is not enough to create character.
Even the furbo senora Elettra, my favourite of Leon's creations is, here, pedestrian.
I received my copy earlier today and in one sitting--and one fell swoop--I read all 276 pages. I couldn't contain myself (my only complaint is that now I'll have to wait another year for the next Leon installment!).
At any rate Leon's conundrum (which makes it Brunetti's) is that a "nobody" is found dead--well, nobody of high Venetian stature: he's only a mentally handicapped man who works at the dry cleaners--the usually bureaucracy of the Venice police is content simply to shelve the case and either hope for a miracle to solve it, or simply to forget about it anyway.
Alas, not so with Brunetti. Leon keeps his family, his on-going struggle with Vice Questore Patta, his working relationship with the brilliant Signorina Elletra, the pervasive corruption of the Italian constabularly--nothing new here, but she's able to sustain our interest with no trouble all all. Leon's prose style moves rapidly but with great depth, of character and of social significance. And these are only some of the reasons that Leon's series is so worthwhile, so readable, so exciting to follow. In her Brunetti (and his family and co-workers) Leon has created characters we care about. Coupled with the immense skill of "crime solving" that the Commissario has and Leon's penchant for delivering an excellent story, readers get, well, ANOTHER Leon. It continues to amaze me how she is able to sustain this series. In this, the 22nd Brunetti, we are not disappointed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent read, thought provoking, full of the flavour of Venice, which is where I read it! Brunetti triumphs again!Published 2 months ago by Ian Berrido
Haven't read it yet. It's my next book to read in the Donna Leon series. Love her books.Published 4 months ago by Poppets
Same again as for Scarecrow and Atom Bomb so I think you will all know ---- I am a happy bunny !! Thanks a bundle !Published 4 months ago by J W AKERS
As ever a most absorbing book. No worries reading late at night either which is quite a consideration. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs e
An excellent light read. Donna Leon's books vary in standard and this I think was a middling one with not much going on but worth the read.Published 9 months ago by LizR