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Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Death at La Fenice - Donna Leon Brunetti's bow introduces Patta, Brunetti's self important boss, Brunetti's family (Paola, Chiara and Raffaele, his father in law), his journalist friend, Michele and the coroner Rizzardi. Leon sets up the universe, softly, almost domestically, in little scenes in between the whodunnit plot line. The plot line is tight and solid. A maestro is found dead by cyanure in between acts of the opera he is conducting. Leon succeeded in writing a clever procedural mystery without getting caught in the details. She chooses instead to show the different suspects and ultimately of course nothing is what is always seems. Leon also has a underlining trend of putting LGBT characters in her novels where she confronts head on the prejudices, the lifestyles of her characters. Yes, Brunetti is just this side of being almost too perfect but for once we don't get the cliché bad guys.