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Another welcomed Leon: Brunetti to the rescue,
This review is from: The Golden Egg (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) (Hardcover)
"But why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead?" we are asked. But, after some persuasion on behalf of his dear wife Paola, Commissario Guido Brunetti sets his sights on solving one of Donna Leon's best mysteries! In "The Golden Egg," Leon's latest in her outstanding series, we find nothing to disappoint us.
I received my copy earlier today and in one sitting--and one fell swoop--I read all 276 pages. I couldn't contain myself (my only complaint is that now I'll have to wait another year for the next Leon installment!).
At any rate Leon's conundrum (which makes it Brunetti's) is that a "nobody" is found dead--well, nobody of high Venetian stature: he's only a mentally handicapped man who works at the dry cleaners--the usually bureaucracy of the Venice police is content simply to shelve the case and either hope for a miracle to solve it, or simply to forget about it anyway.
Alas, not so with Brunetti. Leon keeps his family, his on-going struggle with Vice Questore Patta, his working relationship with the brilliant Signorina Elletra, the pervasive corruption of the Italian constabularly--nothing new here, but she's able to sustain our interest with no trouble all all. Leon's prose style moves rapidly but with great depth, of character and of social significance. And these are only some of the reasons that Leon's series is so worthwhile, so readable, so exciting to follow. In her Brunetti (and his family and co-workers) Leon has created characters we care about. Coupled with the immense skill of "crime solving" that the Commissario has and Leon's penchant for delivering an excellent story, readers get, well, ANOTHER Leon. It continues to amaze me how she is able to sustain this series. In this, the 22nd Brunetti, we are not disappointed. That said, though, I am an avid Leon reader (I've read all 22 books and like them all!)and perhaps bear a bit (a lot?) of literary bias here. Still,my comments stand!
"The Golden Egg"is classic Leon, who, once more, serves notice that she's not putting all her eggs in one basket--we'll just have to wait for the next adventure.