6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hard work, this one.,
This review is from: The Jewels of Paradise (Hardcover)
I wanted to read this book because it was NOT a Brunetti novel (all of which I love in varying degrees) and felt I needed a change. I also love Venice, mysteries, Baroque music and historical research, and thought that all four combined in one book would make a fascinating story. I was so wrong.
I didn't try and compare it to Ms Leon's previous books, but I did find it incredibly hard to read more than a few pages without setting it aside and going off to do something less laborious. Generally I read a novel quickly, especially one that grabs my attention, and wouldn't normally bother with one that I found such hard going but, respecting Ms Leon's talent for springing surprises, I persisted nibbling away. The trouble is that, three weeks on, I am still gnawing on what is truly a dreary meal of more bones than meat, waiting for something to happen and, oddly, not caring if it does....