Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Donna Leon Ar­row Jacq Ellem

WHEN it comes to crime nov­els, I think I pre­fer the Bri­tish va­ri­ety over the Amer­i­can ones. But when Donna Leon’s Death in a Strange Coun­try crossed my desk I was in­trigued.

I’ve read Bi­lal Parker with the crimes set in Egypt, the love­able Vish Puri in In­dia, In­spec­tor Singh in Malaysia and David Hew­son’s nov­els set in Rome, but Venice has al­ways cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion.

I de­voured it. It is an easy read and it flows so well.

Brunetti is a Com­mis­sario of the Vene­tian Po­lice ( the equiv­a­lent of a com­mis­sioner or po­lice in­spec­tor, as I dust off my rusty Ital­ian) who is dig­ni­fied in deal­ing with the overt cor­rup­tion of his su­pe­ri­ors and ac­cept­ing of the way bu­reau­cracy spins within it­self.

You have a young man found in the canal, an Amer­i­can sol­dier off the base, and so the in­ves­ti­ga­tion hits a wall – sev­eral, in fact.

But Brunetti qui­etly and doggedly, keeps search­ing for an­swers.

I am a sucker for the po­etry of the land­scape and Leon paints a mas­ter­piece with this se­ries.

One stroke at a time, one layer at a time, so the more you read, the deeper you go in dis­cov­er­ing the characters and cor­rup­tion within tales of crime and in­trigue. + Get your dis­counted copy of Death in a Strange Coun­try us­ing the coupon be­low

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