"[Leon's] portrait of Venice and modern Italy is, as always, captivating
...The lively conversations between...characters, displaying Leon's sly humour, are a delight." (Evening Standard
"With characteristic skill, Leon draws together multiple threads and a well-rounded cast
... With the steady, unsentimental style that has become her signature, Donna Leon keeps us hesitating until the last corner is turned.
" (Times Literary Supplement
"Leon's clear-eyed descriptions of Venice still make you long to return to the calles and campos of the floating city." (Sunday Telegraph
"More elegant, understated crime fighting
from the mistress of La Serinissima...A welcome return to the comfortable characters and locations that her fans have come to love.
"[Leon] is a master at weaselling her way into the venal byways of human selfishness and laying them bare. ... There's a quietness to the crimes here that is more powerful than outlandish violence, and which points to the philosophical bedrock from which Leon so effectively works." (Scottish Sunday Herald
Celebrated by The Times
as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers, Donna Leon brings us the twentieth Commissario Brunetti detective novel in this gripping Venice based crime series.