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The jewels of paradise / Donna Leon.

By: Leon, Donna.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Leon, Donna. Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery: ; Commissario Brunetti: Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2012Description: 276 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780434022274 (hbk.); 0434022276 (hbk.); 9780434022281 (pbk.).Subject(s): Krimi | Composers -- Italy -- Fiction | Claims against decedents' estates -- Italy -- Venice -- Fiction | Inheritance and succession -- Fiction | Composers Italy Fiction | Claims against decedents' estates Italy Venice Fiction | Venice (Italy) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Detective and mystery stories.DDC classification: 813.54
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Caterina Pellegrini is a young venetian woman, a music researcher, who has been hired to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure devised by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Caterina can only solve the mystery by reading through the papers contained in two antique chests, left behind by the composer himself, and detailing every thread of information on the musician's life. His life draws Caterina into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque time, and when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these two antique chests hold.
Summary: Caterina Pellegrini is a young venetian woman, a music researcher, who has been hired to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure devised by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Caterina can only solve the mystery by reading through the papers contained in two antique chests, left behind by the composer himself, and detailing every thread of information on the musician's life. His life draws Caterina into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque time, and when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these two antique chests hold.
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" From the bestselling author of the Brunetti crime series comes The Jewels of Paradise , a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed and Donna Leon's first stand-alone novel. Caterina Pellegrini is a young Venetian musicologist hired by two competing cousins to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure concealed by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Sworn to secrecy, Caterina can solve the mystery only by searching through the papers contained in the composer s two chests that have not been opened for centuries. As she delves into all quarters of his life, from professional to personal, she is drawn into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque era. When her research takes her in unexpected directions, she begins to wonder what dark secrets these chests hold and just whom can she trust?"

Caterina Pellegrini is a young venetian woman, a music researcher, who has been hired to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure devised by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Caterina can only solve the mystery by reading through the papers contained in two antique chests, left behind by the composer himself, and detailing every thread of information on the musician's life. His life draws Caterina into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque time, and when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these two antique chests hold.

Caterina Pellegrini is a young venetian woman, a music researcher, who has been hired to find the truthful heir to an alleged treasure devised by a once-famous, but now almost forgotten, baroque composer. Caterina can only solve the mystery by reading through the papers contained in two antique chests, left behind by the composer himself, and detailing every thread of information on the musician's life. His life draws Caterina into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque time, and when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these two antique chests hold.

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Library Journal Review

Leon's first stand-alone novel, like her bestselling Commissario Brunetti mystery series (Beastly Things; Drawing Conclusions), is set in present-day Venice. Caterina Pellegrini, a researcher and music scholar, is finally offered a job in her native Venice after years of pursuing her career abroad. Hired by two "cousins" to settle their rival claims of ownership, Caterina is presented with two trunks that hold the papers of a 17th-century composer. She discovers not only unpublished scores but references to a hidden treasure. Aided by her large and well-connected family, Caterina investigates the composer and the cousins to discover the truth of the mysterious jewels. VERDICT Steeped in the language and music of the past, this novel lingers between the baroque era and the modern world, leading the reader on an informed ramble though Venice. Leon's fans will appreciate this change of pace, and new readers will be drawn to her uniquely Venetian characters. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/12.]-Catherine Lantz, Morton Coll. Lib., Cicero, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Taking something of a gondolier's holiday from her popular Commissario Guido Brunetti procedurals (Beastly Things, etc.), bestseller Leon debuts a stand-alone. Opera expert Caterina Pellegrini, who's been teaching in Manchester, England, returns home to Venice to accept an unorthodox assignment: researching the contents of recently discovered trunks believed to have belonged to a once renowned baroque composer, Agostino Steffani, who was also a bishop and a diplomat, so that his avaricious descendants can divide the estate. A more compelling mystery for the musicologist, however, concerns what lessons Steffani's life might offer as she wrestles with her own future. Despite the intriguing setup, Leon uncharacteristically fails to mine the premise for maximal emotion. There's too much obscure historical detail relative to the development of Steffani's character, lesser figures change arbitrarily to suit the plot's convenience, and finally, out of the blue, there's a slapdash deus ex machina ending. Consider this one a paradise lost. Agent: Diogenes Verlag AG. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Despite some suspense and a little sleuthing, Leon's first stand-alone novel is much more a character study than a conventional mystery. Taking a relatively obscure musical subject, baroque opera, as her foundation, Leon builds a remarkably subtle and involving story of greed, music, and human relationships. Opera scholar Caterina Pellegrini is happy to leave chilly England and return to her native Venice, even if her new position is a bit peculiar: she is to examine the papers contained in two recently discovered trunks belonging to a baroque composer. Rival cousins of the forgotten composer are hoping that the trunks' contents will help determine which one of them is entitled to the fattest share of whatever treasures are uncovered. As Caterina embarks on research into the composer's life, she finds herself caught up in a seventeenth-century drama: Did the composer commit murder to curtail a scandal? This slow-moving but wonderfully detailed book requires a willingness to dive into the world of baroque music and clerical in-fighting, but once the leap has been made, the tale proves surprisingly fascinating, much in the manner of David Hewson's fiction or Ross King's nonfiction. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Leon's many fans may initally find her first stand-alone slow going, but they will quickly discover that it boasts the same sensitivity to human behavior that distinguishes her Guido Brunetti series.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A veteran mystery maven weaves present-day Venice into a 300-year-old puzzle in this engaging stand-alone. Caterina Pellegrini has much in common with author Leon (Beastly Things, 2012, etc.). Like Leon, Caterina is a scholar as well as a fan of Baroque opera. Unlike her creator, Caterina is a native-born Venetian who returns to her beloved city for an unusual temp job. Eager to get back to La Serenissima, she has accepted a commission from two venal cousins and their suave lawyer to examine the contents of two locked trunks. The trunks are believed to contain the papers of a long-dead composer. And while the cousins are hoping for rumored riches, "Jewels of Paradise," Caterina suspects that she will find the answers to a bigger mystery: whether the composer was involved in the 1694 disappearance of a German count. Along the way, she discovers the hidden story of the composer's tragic life and, perhaps, puts her own back on track. As in Leon's immensely popular Guido Brunetti series, mysteries featuring a Venetian police detective, the appeal of this book is as much in the setting as in the plot. When Caterina stops for a snack at the "ridiculously small bar that used to serve tiny pizzas topped with a single anchovy," we stop with her, and enjoy a Venetian "spritz" as well. And while this new amateur sleuth lacks Brunetti's warm family, she has her share of witty friends, such as the drunken Romanian who wonders how Fra Angelico's angels managed to don their robes over their wings. ("Velcro," she tells him.) While the plot can get a bit academic at times--mixing Catholic Church politics with music and legal terms--Leon knows when to draw back and enjoy a glass of wine. While lacking some of the warmth of the Brunetti series, Leon's stand-alone still packs the charms of Venice into a smart whodunit.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.