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Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon
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Dec 31, 12

Read in December, 2012

This 20th Guido Brunetti mystery is another solid offering from Donna Leon. It features, as usual, a wonderful look at the culture of Venice. It's difficult to read any of these books and not crave the food being eaten or prepared or the beverages being imbibed. The story and the storytelling are very well done. Brunetti remains true to himself, upholding justice, if not always strictly, the law. It's always great to visit the world of Commissario Brunetti, to see him deal with the red tape of bureaucracy, the politics of the time, the regional differences of Italy, the crises of conscience. And this story is no different in that we get to see him interact with those who support him in his efforts: his wife, Vianello, and Signorina Elettra. It's also refreshing to watch how he works through his cases, using his intellect and going on instinct and intuition. He rarely uses a gun, only occasionally uses a cell phone, and rather reluctantly embraces the so-called "advances" of technology, such as the internet. Defintely an enjoyable read.
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