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Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
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Jan 26, 11

Read in January, 2011

I have not only another long and complex detective series to devour, but a new destination!

The city of Venice is a lead character in these books. Not the tourist city of gondoliers and campaniles, but the little nooks and bars that the residents frequent. The Undercity, as it were, that the guidebooks don't mention. Oh, sure, the Grand Canal is here, as is St Marks and all the rest, but the city is shown as a place where people live, where people love, where people commit murder and all manner of crimes.

Brunetti makes his appearance in this book, as does his wife and children and the even more childish colleagues of the Venice Police. A very family-oriented book, and family is close to the heart of the death Brunetti must solve, as it is to Brunetti himself.

There are some poignant and pungent scenes here, beautifully described by Donna Leon, who clearly knows and loves Venice. Warts and all. And out of a tangle of motives, and days where progress is measured in bottles of wine, Brunetti finds the truth, and with it a new dilemma.
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