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Donna Leon, FALLING IN LOVE

Venice is always the main protagonist in the Commissionario Guido Brunetti mysteries. He may be the one who solves the crime, but the city is the constant presence influencing both the plot and the atmosphere.

In this story the opera, particularly Tosca, plays counterpoint to a love gone twisted and wrong. Floria Petrelli, who sings the lead, is receiving vaguely threatening gifts of flowers and jewelry.  She is acquainted with Brunetti through an earlier adventure they had together, so it is natural she should go to him when she feels in need of protection.

The story develops nicely, although some may feel that the solution is too easily arrived at and the final dramatic scene a bit rushed. Overall,however, this is a good read for those who love mysteries and Venice.

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