So Brunetti is drawn into a search not only for the cause of her death but also for her identity, her family, and for the secrets that people will keep in order to protect their children - be they innocent or guilty. The investigation takes Brunetti from the canals and palazzos of Venice to a Gypsy encampment on the mainland, through quicksands of connections and relationships both known and concealed, as he struggles with both institutional prejudice and entrenched criminality to try to unravel the fate of the dead child.
Death in Venice: investigate more of Guido Brunetti's cases.
©2008 Donna Leon and Diogenes Verlag AG Zurich; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
Though slow to start, if you give this novel a chance, you will be drawn in very deeply. The characterizations are strong, the characters fascinating in an intellectually satisfying sense. These are not cardboard people walking around a famous city. They are warm, wry and wonderful. If you like psychological mysteries and can live without action in every paragraph, you will love this. Haunting and memorable. My first Brunetti mystery, not my last.
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I was hoping for a mystery that would bring the romance and mystery of Venice to life. Instead the book was slow and could have been in any city. It was all right, but I wouldn't highly recommend it.
I've read a lot of Donna Leon but this is the first one I've listened to. For me, the narrator completely missed the characterization of Brunetti and missed on the Italian accent. I found it distracting. Great story, not so great a listen.
A Gentle Reader
Especially good story with the tragic death of a child, made more tragic by the lack of justice for an unsympathetic, yet not undeserving, surviving family group.
The story should have been simpler to follow. Just too much extra information in it.
Robin Cook's latest.
His narration is very good.
This book seemed a bit contrived, almost like 'well it's time for a new book but don't really have anything to write about'. There were two plots going on and the writing just wasn't as smooth. Just don't know what the problem was but this book didn't keep me engrossed at all. Maybe it's time to retire Inspector Brunetti.
The "mystery" here is not "the point". For Donna Leon fans its as wonderful as always.
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