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Beastly Things by Donna Leon
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May 02, 2012

really liked it

Commissario Brunetti has few clues as he tries to discover the identity of a man found in a canal with several knife wounds in his back. As always, the dialogue between Brunetti, Signorina Eletra and Vianello as they solve the crime is clever and well written. Venice provides a beautiful setting with an insightful glimpse into modern Italian society. As Brunetti investigates he discovers the dead man is a a lover of animals and the reader along with Brunetti discovers that he is a vet. Why this mystery shines is the care Leon places on pacing, the humanity of the characters and an obvious love of animals. The ending scene is a tearjerker.

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