Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli-then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses-too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws' palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.
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by Donna Leon
"David Colacci has been the voice of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series for the past 10 years. He narrates Donna Leon's twenty-fourth Brunetti mystery with the expertise of one who knows his characters well. World-famous diva Flavia Petrelli is in Venice, performing TOSCA at La Fenice. It seems the diva has a stalker. Outrageous numbers of yellow roses have been appearing wherever she performs. When a bouquet appears at the door of the private apartment she's using while in town, Flavia mentions her concern to Brunetti and his wife, Paola. Colacci disappears into the storytelling. He shifts swiftly and believably among the many familiar characters, allowing their quirks and mannerisms to shine through. Colacci's performance makes opera, mystery, and FALLING IN LOVE much fun. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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