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So Shall You Reap

So Shall You Reap

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Sime is suffering from insomnia, a situation made worse by the fact that his ex-wife is also on the investigating team. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the sublime David Colacci on a Playaway borrowed from my local library. In his earlier years Geoffrey Owens had been an owl, preferring to pursue whatever tasks lay before him into the late hours of the night, often through into the still, small hours.

Neither Brunetti nor his wife Paola have ever had much sympathy for the Italian armed forces, so when a young cadet is found hanged, at Venice’s elite military academy, Brunetti’s emotions are complex: pity and sorrow at the death of a boy close in age to his own son, and contempt and irritation for the arrogance and high-handedness of the boy’s teachers and fellow students. This time around there is little of the domestic as the concentration is the focus on the death of a Sri Lankan man.If you’re looking for a fast-paced, heart-pounding adventure mystery, the Commissario Brunetti books are not for you. Or perhaps, as many criminals had told him, it made no difference where you tried to go: so long as you looked like you knew where you were going, no one would interfere with you. In addition, after Professor Molin had a stroke, Kavinda served as a personal aide, helping the Professor get around Venice. The Commissario's investigation makes important connections between the past and present, and eventually reveals a shocking motive for Kavinda's murder.

Donna Leon’s books unfold like an onion, layer by layer, thoughtfully, compassionately, humorously, but with little wiggle room for the perpetrator. Brunetti interviews Kavinda's employer Gloria and several of the caretaker's acquaintances, and is told that Kavinda was a gentle man who worked hard and sent money to his wife and children back in Sri Lanka. Three separate events occur in the opening section of this book: an officer who has played a minor part in the series is arrested at a pride parade; there’s news that a prolific burglar, well known to Brunetti, is back in business; Guido’s well connected and wealthy father-in-law has been asked whether a particular palazzo in the city is for sale.Our understanding of Guido as a character is deepened here as we learn of his past, and how Italian political history is central to solving the murder of Kavinda. He’s charmed – perhaps too charmed, suggests his wife Paola – by her love of Virgil and Cicero, but shocked by her appearance. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his holiday and discover what happened to the man who had recently become his friend. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife’s, who is fearful that her son is using drugs.

However, when Franchini is found murdered in his home, the case takes a more sinister turn and soon Brunetti finds himself submerged in the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books. Along with the great help of his team at the Questura, an eye-opening answer to the murder of Inesh presents itself and will force Brunetti to face his own past in an unexpected way. Now, with The Midnight Hour, fifteen years have gone by and DI Stephens’ wife, Emma formerly a policewoman is now a private detective working with Sam (Samantha) Collins, formerly an investigative reporter. I’m in awe of their parenting skills, and I would happily sit down to any meal at their dining table. This is their first real case, but as luck would have it they have a friend on the inside: Max Mephisto is filming a remake of Dracula, starring Seth Billington, Bert’s son.

And Paola begins to question why he is so interested in Elettra, having noticed that he had thought about little else than her for over a week.



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