Beastly Things

Beastly Things

eBook - 2012
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A New York Times bestseller: The police investigate the death of a veterinarian in Venice, Italy in this "swiftly paced" mystery ( The Seattle Times ).

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Guido Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared.

The autopsy shows he had suffered from a rare, disfiguring disease. A shopkeeper tells Brunetti that the man had a kindly way with animals. Finally, the victim is identified as a much-loved veterinarian--and Brunetti's quest to find the killer will take him on a harrowing journey . . .

"All her trademark strengths shine in this swiftly paced, sophisticated tale of greed versus ethics." -- The Seattle Times

"Written with such delicacy and emotional force that we can't help but be reminded of Greek tragedy." -- Booklist , starred review
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2012.
ISBN: 9780802194503
0802194508
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (296 p.) :,map
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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Grandma007
May 16, 2020

Commissario solves mystery of a man found dead in a canal. Plot is more gentle than some of her others. Last scene really touching.

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kmeckford
Sep 19, 2015

Love to read Leon. Her characters are great. Takes me right back to Venice

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read2day_0
Apr 15, 2015

I know returned this book.
Dale Blosser

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ilovewhippets
Dec 12, 2014

Excellent read!

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LeslieJLundgren
Oct 11, 2013

Good read, abatoire descripton emotionally disturbing.

AuntJane Mar 11, 2013

I am always happy to read a new installment about commissario brunetti and his interesting family and co-workers. To me, Venice is a city of mythic proportions - and it is fascinating to see it through the eyes of a local.

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dorothyalmas
Jan 15, 2013

In my opinion her best yet. Someone I would like to meet .

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

Brunetti investigates veterinarian killed because he was going to report butchers using diseased animals.

franceonisland Aug 04, 2012

Donna Leon writes about the not-for-tourists side of Venice, and draws us into the beauty and decay of a city that she obviously loves.
I like Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative style, and his frequent suggestions to stop for a coffee when he and his colleagues need a breather.
The way Leon describes the world of the slaughterhouse, which adds a bloody touch/splash of horror to this story, shows off her detailed writing.
A wonderful read!

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giverny
Jul 30, 2012

A man is found in a Venetian canal wearing one shoe in Donna Leon's latest mystery. Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the unknown man's identity and uncovers dark secrets concerning meat consumption and animal inspection.

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