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Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
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Jan 12, 12

Read from January 06 to 12, 2012

this is a cracker. I can hardly put it down. Leon returns two characters from the first novel in the series allowing her to deepen the portraits of all three characters. The backdrop of the annual flooding of Venice was both an apt metaphor and a genuinely interesting frame. This is the fifth book in the series and I do notice a familiar structure to the novels; they all start with a often violent plunge into the crime and Guido is brought in immediately. Then the violence simmers in the background (mercifully) having cast just enough of an atmosphere to give urgency to the resolution. She does such a good job of creating interesting characters and the life of Venice that I don't mind the lack of narrative variety. There are 17 books in the series. She writes one per year. I have enjoyed reading them but I think I will stick to the one per month rule so I don't od and lose the fun.
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