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Himmlische Juwelen ❰Download❯ ➵ Himmlische Juwelen Author Donna Leon – Thomashillier.co.uk Kann ein Venedig Buch ohne Commissario Brunetti spannend sein Ja, wenn Donna Leon die Geschichte schreibtCaterina Pellegrini ist Musikwissenschaftlerin ohne feste Anstellung Da bietet sich ihr ein Job Kann ein Venedig Buch ohne Commissario Brunetti spannend sein Ja, wenn Donna Leon die Geschichte schreibtCaterina Pellegrini ist Musikwissenschaftlerin ohne feste Anstellung Da bietet sich ihr ein Job mitten in ihrer Heimatstadt Venedig Zwei geldgierige Cousins streiten sich um den Nachlass eines fernen Vorfahren Caterina bekommt Zugang zu zwei unerforschten Truhen, die wom glich Sch tze bergen Der Besitzer der Truhen, ein ehedem hochber hmter Komponist, entpuppt sich als schillernde Gestalt Je tiefer Caterina in die Truhen vordringt, desto brisantere Fragen stellen sich Hatte jener Vorfahr etwas mit dem ber hmtesten Mordfall der damaligen Zeit zu tun Und welche Rolle spielt der elegante Rechtsanwalt Moretti, den die beiden Cousins eingeschaltet haben Donna Leon ist die beliebteste Krimi Autorin der deutschsprachigen Leser.


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  1. Madeline Madeline says:

    I don t know why I keep doing this, I really don t.The sad truth is that I just don t like Donna Leon s books It sucks to have to admit this, because I ve read so many of her Guido Brunetti mystery series, plus one nonfiction book, and it feels like I wasted all of that time In a way, I went into The Jewels of Paradise thinking that this would be the final, deciding factor that either convinced me to stick with Leon s books, or give them up as a lost cause I thought that, because this is a st I don t know why I keep doing this, I really don t.The sad truth is that I just don t like Donna Leon s books It sucks to have to admit this, because I ve read so many of her Guido Brunetti mystery series, plus one nonfiction book, and it feels like I wasted all of that time In a way, I went into The Jewels of Paradise thinking that this would be the final, deciding factor that either convinced me to stick with Leon s books, or give them up as a lost cause I thought that, because this is a standalone novel and not part of her detective series, maybe the things that bothered me about those books wouldn t be present here, and Leon would be able to branch out into something new Sadly, this was not the case As with all Leon mysteries, it s a good setup Caterina Pellegrini is musicologist specializing in Baroque opera, and is called back to her native Venice for a research job It s an unusual assignment, to say the least two men have discovered a pair of trunks, left behind by a shared ancestor, that have not been opened for centuries The ancestor died without children, and the trunks are full of his personal papers, written in multiple languages Caterina has two jobs go through the documents and figure out if any of them are valuable the ancestor, we learn, was the Baroque composer Antonio Stefani , and read his personal papers to see if Stefani ever expressed a preference for either of the men s ancestors they will use this information to decide who gets the items in the trunks The books is sort of set up as a historical mystery, because Caterina finds out that the composer was involved in some murder scandal when he was working at the royal court in Germany, but the mystery itself gets figured out pretty quickly and with very little fanfare, so it ends up being kind of a nonstarter Leon also tries to create some tension by having a mysterious man follow Caterina around for a bit, and it s such a pointless, stupid subplot because we eventually find out that view spoiler the guy is the son of one of the men Caterina is working for, and he told his son to follow her around becauseapparently that would motivate her to translate the documents faster Somehow Anyway, the entire thing ends when Caterina sends her brother in law to confront the guy, at which point he cracks like an egg and confesses everything Womp womp hide spoiler Basically, this is an entire book of teased intrigue that Leon either can t be bothered to develop fully, or just drops entirely The men who hired Caterina have a lawyer representing him, and Leon teases us with the possibility of a romance, and then apparently got bored of that We find out that the lawyer view spoiler is actually super shady, and has been reading Caterina s emails Why Because he went to the university that was run by the founder of Opus Dei stick with me, it s about to get dumber so he s some kind of Catholic fanatic, and he thinks the trunks contain religious relics This is terrible, because a his motivations were never fully fleshed out, and b thanks to The da Vinci Code, any character who belongs to Opus Dei is no longer allowed to be anything less than a mass murdering albino who wears hair shirts and whips himself The lawyer is not nearly so interesting hide spoiler There s also an extended subplot about Caterina s sister Christina, who is a nun and helps Caterina out with her research She s also considering leaving the church, so valuable story space is wasted exploring that non angle She and Caterina communicate through email, and they also have a supremely irritating habit of calling each other cutesy nicknames Tina Lina and Kitty Cati The audiobook reader s simpering delivery of this robbed the nicknames of any chance of being charming, and it just made me grate my teeth every time I heard it But mostly, I was irritated with this book because I thought of a great joke about it early on, and it distracted me for the rest of the book Okay, so the composer was also heavily involved with the Church, and Caterina realizes early on that he was actually a castrato There s a reference in one of his papers to his having received the jewels of paradise, which is why everyone is convinced that the trunks contain treasure.So we have a story about a woman whose hired by two men to research their ancestor, who was castrated, and left behind trunks that may contain the jewels of paradise So I guess you could say they re searching for.the family jewels


  2. Dale Dale says:

    I was disappointed by this novel Having read and enjoyed all of Leon s Brunetti novels, I had hoped that this would be a nice change Sadly, it fails in several ways and offers little in compensation for its failures.A musicologist originally from Venice is working as a researcher in Manchester when she hears about a temporary research job in Venice She applies for the job and is accepted, and gladly abandons her job in England to return to her birthplace Her task is to analyze the contents o I was disappointed by this novel Having read and enjoyed all of Leon s Brunetti novels, I had hoped that this would be a nice change Sadly, it fails in several ways and offers little in compensation for its failures.A musicologist originally from Venice is working as a researcher in Manchester when she hears about a temporary research job in Venice She applies for the job and is accepted, and gladly abandons her job in England to return to her birthplace Her task is to analyze the contents of 2 trunks containing papers and perhaps personal belongings of an 18th century priest and composer named Steffani Two descendants of Steffani, two unsavory cousins living in Venice, are convinced that Steffani had treasure, and the cousins want it, and hope that the trunks contain a will that will entitle them to recover the treasure.From this premise Leon attempts to write a novel with historical depth, suspense, and intrigue, with modern Venice as the setting, and to create a new character, the researcher, that will engage and interest us But the only success she achieves in this novel is to convey her love of the beauty of Venice The historical aspects of the novel seem shallow or truncated The suspense and intrigue are not fully developed The character seems rough edged rather than complex and fully defined, as though Leon were unable to find the right ways to have the character act.If you are a fan of the Brunetti series, nothing I say here will dissuade you from reading Jewels of Paradise and, by all means, read it But if you have never read any Donna Leon, please, please , read the Brunetti novels before you read this


  3. Vonette Vonette says:

    Though I had not read a book by this author before, I can tell she knows how to write So why has she presented us with this mishmash of meaningless and sometimes downright boring narrative There were some glimpses of what the author is capable of in the letters between the main character and her sister But most of the book leads you on to expect things you never get such as an understanding of the lawyer, why he is involved and what motivates him Further, there were times when the mai Though I had not read a book by this author before, I can tell she knows how to write So why has she presented us with this mishmash of meaningless and sometimes downright boring narrative There were some glimpses of what the author is capable of in the letters between the main character and her sister But most of the book leads you on to expect things you never get such as an understanding of the lawyer, why he is involved and what motivates him Further, there were times when the main character behaves in ways that seemed either at odds with her personality or utterly nonsensical For example, what careful researcher would be found eating chocolates in a library and not just once And when she realizes she is being followed, she goes down a narrow alley She is so terrified by being followed that she throws up but then feels no concern about her safety while alone in her apartment I just didn t get this woman The ending of the book and by that I mean the final paragraph or two struck me as completely unbelievable Was the author as sick of this story as I was, so she tacked this on hurriedly because she really didn t care enough to write a real ending I could say a lotabout the problems I had with this book, but why should I invest any time in something even the author seems to care so little about


  4. Alex Cantone Alex Cantone says:

    Thirty something musicologist Caterina Pellegrini is head hunted from the University of Manchester and returns to Venice to research the papers sealed in two trunks belonging to eighteenth century Baroque composer, Bishop Agostino Steffani, by two of his descendants Neither man is interested in music or religion, are suspicious of each other and of her, both chasing the reputed treasure in the will Interceding is a lawyer Dottor Andrea Moretti, who Caterina finds herself attracted to Footste Thirty something musicologist Caterina Pellegrini is head hunted from the University of Manchester and returns to Venice to research the papers sealed in two trunks belonging to eighteenth century Baroque composer, Bishop Agostino Steffani, by two of his descendants Neither man is interested in music or religion, are suspicious of each other and of her, both chasing the reputed treasure in the will Interceding is a lawyer Dottor Andrea Moretti, who Caterina finds herself attracted to Footsteps approached, and then Dottor Moretti was in the doorway Just as she remembered him dark grey suit with a faint stripe of of lighter grey, dark blue tie with a stripe so discreet as to reveal itself only under tortureWorking from a small office of a Foundation she delves into the papers a dry affair , finding only one piece of music, and Caterina realises she needs to research the man himself, and contacts an old friend who works at the library It took her nothan ten minutes to get there to pass in front of the two caryatids and into the lobby of the Marciana was to move from the constant crowding of the Piazza into the calm tranquility that thoughts and books that contained them were meant to give She stood for a moment, as if she were a diver waiting to decompress Between the library and the foundation, Caterina catches up with her own family, feels she is being stalked, and has dinner with Moretti, who is not all that he seems Much of the book is taken up by her research, hinting at scandal and a possible murder, with little pointing in the direction of any amassed wealth, and the Bishop was said to die in poverty.Steffani had passed most of his life in Germany, going back to Italy only occasionally and usually for fairly short periods How much had he seen of his relatives and their children Had he seen them, known them, tossed them in the air and played with them and sung his songs to them And the cousins, these men who descended from the children s children of his cousins, with what right did they stake a claim to his papers and estate, and where did the idea of a treasure come from Caterina notes Steffani s lack of success as a diplomat he failed to prevent his former patron from getting mixed up in a war against England and Germany he had no chance of winning and he failed to arrange a marriage between Maximilian Emanuel and Sophie Charlotte, who turned him down, got an upgrade, and ended as Queen of PrussiaThis standalone novel is a slow burner, and might not appeal to fans of the Commissario Brunetti series, but overall I enjoyed it A complete departure from my usual reading fare What I liked most, aside from her use of language and her love of Venice, is that I was drawn in by Caterina s discoveries and had to remind myself that this was fiction, or a fictionalised account of people who lived three centuries ago At one point Caterina wonders at the journeys undertaken back them, the writing with quill pens Not quite a love story, and the ending was classic in the true sense of what people consider as of value


  5. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence Caterina Pelligrini closed the door behind her and leaned her back and then her head against it Caterina Pelligrini has a degree in baroque opera and is Venetian by birth but working in Manchester, England The offer of a job allows her to return home Two locked trunks, centuries old and thought to belong to a mostly forgotten composer, have been discovered Although there are no direct descendants, two cousins claim an inheritance and are anxious to discover the rud treasu First Sentence Caterina Pelligrini closed the door behind her and leaned her back and then her head against it Caterina Pelligrini has a degree in baroque opera and is Venetian by birth but working in Manchester, England The offer of a job allows her to return home Two locked trunks, centuries old and thought to belong to a mostly forgotten composer, have been discovered Although there are no direct descendants, two cousins claim an inheritance and are anxious to discover the rud treasure thought to be contained within the trunks With the support of Rosanna Salvi, acting director of the La Fondazione Musicale Italo Tedesca, and Dottor Moretti, the intermediary between Caterina and the cousins, she searches for this treasure and finds a history she never expected This a book only a true opera lover can even begin to enjoy, and only for the opera aspect which is thin in itself There is very little mystery Italian phrases that are not translated and whose meaning is not always clear from their use, so you re either left in the dark for feeling like an idiot There are numerous characters who float in and out of the story but few have a real presence There were times I enjoyed Caterina, and times she annoyed me beyond belief There is little, to no suspense, and only a thin attraction to another character The historical character, who is a real character, is, again, only really interesting to opera fans The book is completely lacking Ms Leon s previously characteristic humor except in the email communications with her sister strong sense of place and wonderful descriptions of food The Jewels of Paradise really is an indulgence book the author s indulgence, not the readers If you live, breathe and are somewhat of an expert on baroque opera you might enjoy it Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to wait, and desperately hope, for another book in Ms Leon s wonderful Brunetti series.THE JEWELS OF PARADISE Mystery Caterina Pelligrini Venice, Italy Contemp OkayLeon, Donna Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012


  6. Losososdiane Losososdiane says:

    Disappointment This novel lacks everything that her Brunetti series has warm, intelligent, interesting characters that the reader can care about, a good plot to follow, plenty of comments on Venice, Italy, and fabulous descriptionsof good food These characters remained mostly a mystery to me and I did not care about them Darn I just love Brunetti, his family, the secretary, his coworkers even his ridiculous, pompous superiors and sometimes even the evildoers The plot in Jewels of Paradis Disappointment This novel lacks everything that her Brunetti series has warm, intelligent, interesting characters that the reader can care about, a good plot to follow, plenty of comments on Venice, Italy, and fabulous descriptionsof good food These characters remained mostly a mystery to me and I did not care about them Darn I just love Brunetti, his family, the secretary, his coworkers even his ridiculous, pompous superiors and sometimes even the evildoers The plot in Jewels of Paradise was slow, which is not something I usually complain about, and the depiction of the life of a researcher so lacked appeal, life, color, excitement that it struck me as repellent Better to be a sales person in a Venetian tourist trinket shop The climax and wrap up of the story did not infuse this reader with the slightest interest To me, it seemed the author simply got bored with the subject and quickly brought the tale to an end I have great respect for Leon s gentle humor and despair at what is happening to Venice, and her ability to give me a sense of what is being lost when the rest of the world loves a place so much that it is in danger of becoming a mere Disneylike shell of what was loved To me, the plots in the Brunetti series are very much secondary to the characters and to what I learn about Venice I am sure she must feel a need to develop new characters and new stories but I think her greatest contribution to readers will always be that picture of Venice Thank goodness I still have not read some of her other novels I have some left to look forward to reading I m still glad I read this, just for the occasional glimpse of Leon humor and cleverness


  7. Larraine Larraine says:

    Donna Leon is best known for her Inspector Brunetti series However, she has apparently always been a serious student of music In this novel we are treated to an interesting mystery about the inheritance left by an obscure Baroque musician His papers are contained in two trunks which are being fought over by two cousins, both of whom are trying to lay claim to whatever treasure is in the trunks They have employed an attorney who hires Caterina, a young Italian woman who is a professor of mu Donna Leon is best known for her Inspector Brunetti series However, she has apparently always been a serious student of music In this novel we are treated to an interesting mystery about the inheritance left by an obscure Baroque musician His papers are contained in two trunks which are being fought over by two cousins, both of whom are trying to lay claim to whatever treasure is in the trunks They have employed an attorney who hires Caterina, a young Italian woman who is a professor of musicology at Manchester University She misses being in her beloved Venice, and when she learns that a little known foundation is looking for a researcher, she jumps at the chance to return home This is not a standard mystery with murder and some romance It is a little on the dry side with lots of historical detail The nerd in me really enjoyed this one even though it was challenging in spots According to a book review by the UK Independent, the composer in the book referred to as Steffani, is based on a little known Italian composer Agostino Steffano whom Leon apparently has researched extensively This is not light reading, but I enjoyed it a lot The ending is especially delicious and ironic


  8. Laura (Kyahgirl) Laura (Kyahgirl) says:

    1.5 5 2 starsI bumped this from 1 to 2 stars because I really enjoyed the narrator but the story was just Ok I liked the setting and the world of the historian researcher but that is it I recently listened to one of the Great Courses on the subject of listening to and understanding great music Professor Greenberg did a fantastic job of making these artists come to life and helping the listener to have some insight into their lives That was the only aspect of this book that appealed to me T 1.5 5 2 starsI bumped this from 1 to 2 stars because I really enjoyed the narrator but the story was just Ok I liked the setting and the world of the historian researcher but that is it I recently listened to one of the Great Courses on the subject of listening to and understanding great music Professor Greenberg did a fantastic job of making these artists come to life and helping the listener to have some insight into their lives That was the only aspect of this book that appealed to me The main character was trying to unravel the story of an obscure composer in order to figure out what to do with the remnants of his estate The characters were interesting but not completely formed and there were plot lines left dangling and incomplete then the book was over I was left scratching my head and feeling disappointed Like I said at the beginning, the narrator, Cassandra Campbell had a lovely voice and narrated really well, In English and Italian


  9. Judie Judie says:

    I ve read and enjoyed all of Dona Leon s previous books featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti and have been eagerly anticipating her latest book, THE JEWELS OF PARADISE Had it been written by an author I didn t know, I would have given up on in after the first few chapters The story is set in Venice where Caterina Pellegrini has just come home from England to decipher two trunks of documents which have been untouched since the early 1700s The trunks belonged to an Italian Baroque composer and I ve read and enjoyed all of Dona Leon s previous books featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti and have been eagerly anticipating her latest book, THE JEWELS OF PARADISE Had it been written by an author I didn t know, I would have given up on in after the first few chapters The story is set in Venice where Caterina Pellegrini has just come home from England to decipher two trunks of documents which have been untouched since the early 1700s The trunks belonged to an Italian Baroque composer and have recently been discovered Two descendants of two of his cousins want to find out what treasures are in the trunk The two of them don t get along and a lawyer arranges to hire someone to go through them to determine the contents to find out which one has the greater claim so they won t have to share the bounty The composer was a real person who also was active in the Catholic church The book tells about his works musical, religious, and political as well as offering some information about the convoluted lives of some of the prominent people of his time The central part of that story is the disappearance of a Count with ties to the rulers in 1694 I would have liked to get a final report on his disappearance interweaving fact with fiction and didn t like having the issue unresolved The book focuses on the research Caterina conducts to learn about the composer Subplots include the attorney involved with the cousins, Caterina s relationship with her sister who is a nun researching the Catholic Church one of the best parts of the book , and the hunt for the jewels which are believed to be hidden in the trunk I also didn t like the use of untranslated Italian words and phrases I don t think they were necessary to set the tone I hope Donna Leon s next book is back to her high standards


  10. Claire Claire says:

    I usually enjoy the books of Donna Leon, but this one was not interesting The story was not interest8ng unless for specialists in componists maybe, the characters were very superficial and flat The only good thing is the setting Venice and the comments on the Italian way of life.


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