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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (12 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099591286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099591283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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"The multiple award-winning Leon has lost none of her talent for weaving intrigue, and the atmosphere of Venice is as beguiling as ever." (Living North)

"Leon's command of the baroque Italian thriller is second to none." (Good Book Guide)

"An excellent entry in the Brunetti series … There are few detectives with whom I enjoy spending time more and I must now endure the long wait for Leon’s next book." (2606 Books)

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The 23rd installment in the brilliant Brunetti series from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Donna Leon.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2014
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A library in Venice loses some valuable rare books and others in its collection are vandalised. Brunetti is assigned to the case even though he believes it would be better dealt with by a specialist unit. It soon becomes clear that one of the scholars who has been using the library on a regular basis is not who he seems to be and when one of the other readers is found murdered the stakes become higher than even Brunetti suspected.

I enjoyed this subtle and understated story which is far more in the vein of earlier Brunetti stories. While there are asides about environmental issues these do not dominate the story as recent episodes in this series have to done to their detriment, in my opinion.

Here are all the favourite series characters including Paola, Guido Brunetti’s forthright wife, his aristocratic in-laws and his police colleagues – Patta, Vianello and the inimitable Elettra with her mastery of all things computerised. Venice is, as ever, almost a character in the story providing an atmospheric background to theft and murder.
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Have read many of these books set in Venice and it was nice to revisit, however it seemed incomplete just getting into the story and the feel of being back in Venice and it just ended sharply rather than tying up all the loose ends.
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A well-written book - recommend it to fans of the series!
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A book week written and with much intrigue woven into the story.It was not easy to eliminate suspects and even the conclusion leaves one speculating on the fate of some characters
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well written and clever plotting.as usual. An enjoyable read
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Great read
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Delivered when they said and as described. Thankyou
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Have all of the Brunetti series by Donna Leon- like an old friend
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