The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti, #27) by Donna Leon

The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti, #27)

In the twenty-seventh novel in Donna Leon's bestselling mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequencesThe memorable characters and Venetian drama that have long captivated Donna Leon’s many readers are on full display in The Temptation of Forgiveness. Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanat...


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TitleThe Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti, #27)
ISBN9780802127754
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Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cultural, Italy, Crime
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Reviews The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti, #27)

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-05-09
    This is the 27th book I’ve read in this delightful series, so by now I know what to expect. The usual cast will be present and there will be a crime – of course, it’s a crime fiction series – and there will be social comment too. The crime sometimes plays quite a small part in the overall piece and at other times it’s at the forefront of the tale. Here I was over half way through and I still wasn’t sure if a crime had actually been co...
  • Marilyn
    2018-03-26
    I have been very fond of this series, but this was not up to par in my estimation. The characters seemed flawed, the mystery was somewhat chaotic and confusing, and the ending was abrupt. Some parts of it were rather boring while others were less amusing or interesting than the Leon I know and love. It still kept my attention and Brunetti found his answers, but it seemed as though everyone involved was a bit cranky and/or argumentative. It was an...
  • EAK
    2018-03-25
    I’m a Brunetti addict, but sometimes the endless detail is just padding. I think Leon wants the reader to proceed at the same measured. thoughtful pace as Brunetti, hence the noting of every hand movement, sideways glance, sitting posture for every character. Furthermore, while I once found Elettra’s hacking clever and comical, we are now living In a world where it’s all too close to home. To me, she has become sinister, not a dea ex machin...
  • Kathy
    2018-05-03
    Challenging device in use while out of country, but must note this may be a favorite of the series. How beautiful it can be to enter the thinking of a loved character as well as the serenity and security of his personal life.Can not conquer itsy keyboard. Update after return home. Great read!
  • Helen
    2018-03-23
    Love the characters as always and the lovely descriptions of Venice. BUT, the series seems to be wearing out.Where would Brunetti be without Signorina Elettra and her computer skills?
  • Jeanette
    2018-04-17
    Guido Brunetti is following the most usual police work for any city. It's an assault with resultant severe to possibly fatal injury to a man who has fallen over a railing and down a bridged overpass. He (the victim) is a husband too to one of Paola's teaching co-workers, the Professor of Architect Design. Other than a domestic (and could this BE one)- it's the most common thieving grab or revenge or drunken brawl type of occurrence. How did he fa...
  • LJ
    2018-04-07
    First Sentence: Having left the apartment smack on time so as to arrive at the Questura on time for a meeting with his superior, Brunetti found himself seated toward the rear of a Number One vaporetto, glancing idly through a copy of that morning’s Gazzettino.Commissario Guido Brunetti is approached by a co-worker of his wife asking his help in stopping the people she thinks may be selling drugs to her son. Unfortunately, there is really nothin...
  • Jim Angstadt
    2018-04-21
    The Temptation of Forgiveness (Commissario Brunetti #27)Donna LeonThe subtitle: A Commissario Guido Brunetti MysteryThis is a very enjoyable series. Not so much as a mystery, but more about life, it's meaning, our ruminations about it. When good or bad things happen, how do/should we deal with it? The title speaks to this question. When something is "wrong" but it was done for a "right" reason, we can be uneasy about our path forward.
  • Diana
    2018-03-23
    Vídeo review aquí https://youtu.be/TloP1gGQXCY el 23 marzo 2018 :)
  • Inés
    2018-05-12
    3'5 ⭐
  • Dale
    2018-04-20
    Too many tourists in Venice. The Italian government is corrupt and ineffectual. Billions of euros wasted on flood control gates that will never work. Cruise ships in Venice. These are the things that Leon doesn't like this time. Not exactly the Donna Leon of twenty years ago, who aimed her guns at the mafia, at fascists, at polluters, at the military. At least we can be grateful that she doesn't suggest that Lega Nord maybe has a point, as she di...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    2018-03-31
    I would not recommend this one for someone who isn't already familiar with the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. For those who know the stately pace of Donna Leon's mysteries and the often inconclusive endings, this is still a novel that might get very different reactions. I enjoyed it, but I also wonder if there's some kind of reckoning in the near future, regarding the increasing dependence of Brunetti's team on the extra-legal computer hackin...
  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    2018-03-15
    As always, the incomparable Donna Leon provides another satisfying mystery and general commentary on life, Venetian and otherwise, featuring her longstanding protagonist Commissario Guido Brunetti. Leon writes with a philosophical, wry, dark tone that well suits the intricacies of Italian life, politics, and culture. Where else will you find a police commissioner reading the plays of Sophocles and musing about their meaning or commenting on Argum...
  • Holly Socolow
    2018-04-11
    At one point in this tale, Commissario Brunetti and his wife, Paola, are speaking about the folly of fiction. How it has pat endings that don't happen in real life. Brunetti quips that "fiction is fiction," which Paola thinks is hilarious. I'm wondering if that was the structure of this book, as I found the ending unsatisfactory. The story itself was meandering, with many loose ends, and it seemed like Leon was making it up as she went. One plot ...
  • Doreen
    2018-03-07
    3/7/18 Full review tk. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ultimately did.9/2/18 Ha, wow, I didn't realize I'd get this many likes from a one-line review, so here's the full thing I wrote for work, if you're interested: https://www.criminalelement.com/revie... My main criticism otherwise had to do with the undertones of xenophobia I felt in the text, which made me uncomfortable enough to not want to read more of the author. Perhaps if I need ...
  • Linda
    2018-01-24
    Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has another puzzling case, this one involving drugs. Is someone selling drugs in an exclusive local private school? Is there some irregularity involving the drugs sold at a certain pharmacy to elderly Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients? And what really happened to the man found with severe head injuries on a bridge at the dead of night? Donna Leon crafts another well-written mystery, a must-read for fans ...
  • BOOKLOVER10
    2018-03-20
    Guido Brunetti is a thoughtful, compassionate, and even-tempered man, who is well-read and curious about human behavior. Even he might admit that his job as Commissario di Polizia in Venice is not particularly taxing. Brunetti relies heavily on the expertise of the incomparable Signora Elletra Zorzi, who apparently can hack into any database at will. When Brunetti needs medical, employment, or financial records, many of which are confidential, th...
  • Sara
    2018-03-19
    Another good one from Donna Leon. No repulsive villains here...just "ordinary" people doing their best to live, one way or another, in the swamp of Italy. As long as there is football on television, no one pays much attention to the swamp. Brunetti "glanced at the headlines on a copy of the Gazzettino and was puzzled by how familiar it all sounded until he glanced at the date and saw that it was yesterday's edition. He closed it, wondering how it...
  • Robert
    2018-04-13
    I have bought every one of Donna Leon's Superintendent Brunetti books and have never regretted a purchase. In this book, once again, our hero solves a crime or several crimes while enjoying the beauties of his home city Venice along with food and his family. Once again too, we are confronted by the corruption of the Italian government as well as many of its citizens.I was struck by the following passage - I don't think quoting it gives anything a...
  • Vera 4theloveofwords
    2018-04-16
    I've read all 26 earlier Commissario Brunetti novels and I've loved them all. So when number 27 came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Imagine my dismay when I discovered I didn't get along with it at all. It bored me almost to death. It felt greyish and chaotic. Too many issues remained unresolved. Next to a likeable sympathetic and clever Brunetti Venice, the Brunetti family and delicious Italian food are what make this series great. H...
  • Kenneth Iltz
    2018-03-31
    I read EARTHLY REMAINS last year and was reminded how much I liked Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti books. My opinion changed after reading THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS. I thought that the book (#27 in the series) was a patchwork put together to meet a publishing deadline. The plot wound around issues and people unrelated to the plot. The pharmacy scam that is central to discovering the culprits was a little thin and bizarre. Let's hope that Do...
  • Andra
    2018-11-17
    The Temptation of Forgiveness in the 27th book in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series.The commissario is surprised at work by a visit from a colleague of his wife, Paola. Since her son has started his second year at the liceo, he has started acting in a manner that suggests he is doing drugs. She expects Brunetti to do something about it. To investigate who is selling the drugs and arrest them. Some time after, her husband is found badly con...
  • Rafa Sánchez
    2018-05-03
    Los seguidores del comisario Brunetti estamos encantados cada año de encontrarnos con nuestro viejo amigo, nos da un poco igual de qué se trate cada ocasión, sabemos que leyendo a Donna Leon vamos a pasar buenos momentos de satisfacción. La serie de novelas del comisario Brunetti te permite ser espectador del desarrollo de trabajo como investigador, de sus ideas sobre la sociedad o la familia y siempre te compensa, Brunetti es un tipo que cae...
  • Frederick (Ted) and Barbara K. Hecht
    2018-03-26
    A good read with an ambiguous denouementThe first half or so is excellent. A simple but strong story. Then with three suspects, the narrative hits first a dead-end, then backtracks to a solution that implicates the other two suspects.The denouement is ambiguous, as is often the case in the Donna Leon/Guido Brunetti canon.
  • Gretchen Minnhaar
    2018-03-26
    I HAVE READ ALL OF LEONES BOOKS. THEY INTERESTED ME BECAUSE OF THE SETTING ,VENEZIA, VERY FAMILIAR TO ME .HER DESCRIPTION OF THE LIFE STYLE OF BRUNETTI ,HIS FAMILY AND COWORKERS IS ALWAYS ENJOYABLE TO FOLLOW AS WELL AS ALL THE FOOD THEY SO MUCH ENJOY' THE LAST FEW BOOKS HAVE LOST A BIT AT ALL LEVELS,THE PLOTS ARE A BIT CONTRIVIDE AND I BELIEVE SHE USES TO MUCH OF THE NARRATIVE TO PRESENT HER POLITICAL VIEWS OF THE PRESENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT. POLITI...
  • Katy
    2018-05-02
    This is the 27th book in the long running series of police procedurals by Donna León. I have read them all and enjoyed them all. They are not brutal or pornographic or sensational. The subject is the city of Venice itself as it is experienced by Commissrio Brunetti as he tries to keep his bearings while he tries to solve typical urban crimes and deals with political corruption. What I like so much about Brunetti is his family and their often fun...
  • Jo Barton
    2018-04-06
    This is the twenty-seventh book in the Commissario Brunetti series of crime novels which follow the crime investigations lead by Brunetti and his team in and around the beautiful city of Venice. In this story Brunetti gets caught up in a complex mystery surrounding the alleged vicious attack on a man who is discovered unconscious near Ponte de Forner and whilst the man is not personally known to Brunetti, it appears that the man's wife, Professor...
  • Shari
    2018-04-20
    This tale is exactly about the temptation of forgiveness -- when all those subtle mistakes, misdemeanors, misunderstandings, misdirectives, that are a part of the ordinary or the "slightly bent," and all those suspicions that we think we can justify or that can originate from fears and then embellished and seem to be exactly what you imagined them to be -- but aren't-- and all those problems that arise from our cultural shortcomings that can hurt...
  • Tony
    2018-04-12
    THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS. (2018). Donna Leon. ***1/2.This latest novel from Ms. Leon offers little in the way of suspense or mystery. In addition, her usual discussions on the nature of Venice and its citizens was at a minimum. As the story opens, we are led to expect that the subject will be about ‘leaks’ from the police organization that were discussed by Commissario Brunetti’s superior. We very quickly learn that that isn’t to be ...