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Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
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Oct 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mysteries
Read in August, 2011

The first, and frankly the best, of her Commissario Brunetti series. Venice is a starring player in all of the works in this series. Seen through the eyes of Commissario Brunetti, a life-long resident, Venice is a living, vibrant city, rather than a stop on a tour of Italy.

Although all of her works are character-driven to a greater or lesser extent, this work is centered on the passions and relationships of individuals, which is what I look for in mysteries. Nearly all of her later works take their plot from the newspapers, focusing on political corruption, international crime, etc. I did not find them nearly as satisfying.

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