A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754024997
  • 9780754024996

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The Venice laguna and its eerie marshlands stretch for hundreds of acres around the city, embracing a raggle-taggle empire of inward-looking, stubborn islets far less anxious to please than the glowing main island. Out here, far from San Marco and the glass-bead stalls, even the most observant tourist is only half aware of the web-footed mixture of earthy peasant stubborness and cultural corruption, clam-beds and chemical factory pollution. But in this, the most watery of Leon's Venetian tales, Commissario Guido Brunetti is confronted with a casually brutal murder on the island of Pellestrina: a tough old fisherman and his promising son. Nobody, predictably, will talk to the police. He is also, much to the alarm of devoted fans like myself, confronted with a dangerous ambiguity in his feelings for the chic Signorina Elettra, the divinely smart and aloof secretary to his duffer of a boss. Elettra has relatives on Pellestrina, and goes out there to pick up clues; Brunetti has a more than professional concern for her mission, and even his wife's involtini with prociutto and artichoke hearts cannot entirely blur the implications of this. Some of us, having lived through his marital love-affair with the wonderful Paola for nine books now, shriek with alarm at the suggestion of cracks in the relationship. Paola, however, ends the book with a punch-line of such transcendent humanity that we slump back again in tearful relief. Oh yes, and Brunetti solves the crime too. But there's a death in his force, and I am very upset. If Leon thinks she can do a Conan Doyle and gradually wean us from these beloved Venetian police characters by bumping them off one by one, she has another thing coming. Any attempt to end this series and I will be on her doorstep with a placard, protesting. Review by LIBBY PURVES (Kirkus UK)show more

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