Unto Us a Son Is Given

Unto Us a Son Is Given

by Donna Leon

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ISBN-13: 9780802146823
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Guido Brunetti Series , #28
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,355
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.


Venice, Italy

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1942

Place of Birth:

Montclair, New Jersey


B.A., 1964; M.A. 1969; postgraduate work in English literature

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Unto Us a Son Is Given (Guido Brunetti Series #28) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Donna Leon never disappoints, and "Unto us a Son is Given" is no exception. In this novel, Commissario Brunetti investigates the best friend of the his father-in-law, who is contemplating adopting his adult, male lover to circumvent estate and inheritance laws. As always, the descriptions of Venice are beautiful, the discussions of relationships are thought provoking and ring true, and the meals are hunger inducing. Recommended for fans of Leon and Brunetti, obviously, as well as for those who like well written police procedurals, foreign mysteries, and beautiful language.
Carolefort 28 days ago
Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon is the 28th in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series but it easily reads as a standalone. Beautiful Venice is as much a part of this novel as Brunetti himself. Guido is approached by his father-in-law in the hope that he will discourage their mutual friend Gonzalo in his endeavour to adopt a much younger man as his son. The inheritance laws in Italy permit that this adoptee can then become heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune in the event of the old man's death. Guido sees nothing wrong with Gonzalo's plan but soon after, the old man collapses in the street and dies. It is at this point that the story becomes a mystery. I found that this book read more as a cozy than a police procedural. However, this takes nothing away from the enjoyment of this title. Although the action ramps up slowly, this novel packs quite a wallop. I look forward to reading other books by Donna Leon. Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I’ve followed this series for many years..the characters get more interesting with each of Donna Leon’s books
gardener0126 3 months ago
I have read quite a few of Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series and have found them very enjoyable. In fact, enjoyable enough to keep reading when I ought to be doing other things. This one was no exception. I read it from beginning to end in one sitting, and I felt a sense of loss when the book ended. Donna Leon can really write. She assumes that her readers are intelligent and insightful. She doesn’t just deliver a story, she includes bits of history, philosophy, and general musings on life. Along with all this, she also gives you a great mystery. The continuing characters in the series are multi-faceted and you find out a bit more about them on nearly every page. They grow and change, and you begin to think you really know them. Brunetti and his family feel like friends. This book even made me feel a little compassion for the Vice-Questore Patta. Generally he arouses exasperation, dislike or anger in me. These books are set in Venice and the setting is described in such a way that you really feel like you are getting a glimpse of this wonderful place. I whole heartedly recommend this novel for those who enjoy police procedurals, mysteries, and also for anyone who just likes to read beautifully written fiction. I’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with a free review copy. This did not influence my review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Leon’s Brunetti is always the sensitive, elegant, and erudite police officer. Each case takes us into his heart and family. This story delves into love and friendship and does so with grace and sensitivity. With death and lust and greed around him, Brunetti maintains his hold on decency and truth.
Anonymous 4 months ago
As always Donna Leon mixes history, civilizations and mystery superbly. Great plot with twists and turns to keep us in the edge of our seats. Can’t wait til the next one comes out.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A new novel from this author is always most welcome! What I love about this series is not so much the mysteries, although those are well constructed, but the relationships among the characters and the ways in which the city of Venice is brought to life. Guido and Paola seem so real and affectionate with one another; they have a marriage that many would envy. Watching Guido and Paola with their children is a treat as is reading about their latest family dinner. Guido's relationships with his extended family and work colleagues are also brought vividly to life. In this book, a friend of the family who is elderly wants to adopt an adult male to be his heir. Will you as the reader feel empathy for this lonely man? All around wonder if this adoption is a good plan but he is determined and undeterred. Is this what leads to his and one other's death? What are the reasons for what is happening? How are families constructed? They are not all like Guido's. For fans of Donna Leon, the chance to spend time with her will be a delight. New readers will also enjoy the book and will probably then look to read others in the series. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this good read. The opinions are mine alone.