Author’s skill saves flat ending from losing me

August 16, 2008
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The Girl of his Dreams, by  Donna Leon (Random House NZ, RRP $36.99):

Set in Venice, the descriptive writing in this book is so good it could probably appeal to travel fans every bit as much as murder-mystery fans.

It seems this one is part of a series written by Donna Leon that features Commissario Brunetti and his sidekick (for want of a better word) Ispettore Vianello and there were times where I certainly felt a bit out of the loop: like they were making inside jokes and I wasn’t part of the inside crowd. However, it was still a good read.

When the body of a young girl is found in the Grand Canal and then, inconceivably, no one reports her missing, Brunetti is drawn into a search for not only the cause of her death but also for her identity and her family.

The ending was almost a bit of an anti-climax but the skill of the author managed to make a storyline that very nearly fell short into something compelling.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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