Sunday, February 1, 2015
"Falling in Love", by Donna Leon
The mystery brings back Italian Soprano Flavia Petrelli to Venice to sing the lead role in Tosca. Fans of this series will remember we first met her in “Death at La Fenice”, and later when she reappeared in “Acqua Alta”. In this latest our Diva gets overwhelmed by the worship of an obsessive fan that trails her everywhere and inundates her with yellow roses and expensive gifts. Flavia gets very concerns for her safety when people around her are found injured and asks Guido Brunetti, a long-time friend, to get to the bottom of this mystery.
I am a huge follower of this author so I knew “Falling in Love” would have a slow pace and be a crafty mystery without car chases or gruesome murders. It would also titillate us with a leisurely ride along the Venice canal with many descriptions of this seductive city great lagoons and luscious taste and smell. Ms. Leon has always made room in her books to make us savour all of the city’s charms and delicacies. A mystery would be boring without a good theme and some suspense, Ms. Leon has fictionalized events she read in the news or experienced in life and has sprung fascinating stories where the truth gets distorted for our enjoyment. Of course Guido with all his ingenuity and assisted by colleagues at their best track down the suspect and the culprit is found and all ends well.
Once again this latest is a great read and a wonderful addition to a terrific series.
My thanks to NetGalley and to Grove Atlantic for the opportunity to read this book