Still tons of fun. Pears' knowledge of Italian regionalism flavors the novels nicely. I don't know why they are called the "Jonathan Argyll books" on Goodreads when Flavia and Bottando are more interesting and get more pages. The rest of the world calls them the Art History Mysteries The one quibble I have is that we are somehow supposed to believe that Jonathan and Flavia are just friends when they do things like kiss each others' noses and foreheads in public. I know we have to be somewhat gullible in order to enjoy the mystery, but that is pushing things too far.
The book spends more time contemplating the ethical dilemmas at the end of the story than the first novel did. This is an improvement.
Also, the relationship between the Marchesa and her nephew turned out to be funny.