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Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) by Donna Leon

Falling in Love

Reviewed by A R PIckett
aka Woodstock

All the characters Leon’s many readers have learned to love are back in her latest novel featuring Comissario Brunetti. Guido Brunetti himself, of course; his wife and children; Inspector Vianello; and Signorina Elettra. And the city of Venice itself, increasingly beset by the stress and strain of hordes of tourists, yet retaining all its allure and sense of home for those who live and work there.

Flavia Petrelli has returned to Venice – readers of the earlier books in this series will remember her – a soprano often in demand for performances at La Fenice, Venice’s little gem of an opera house. Guido was instrumental in helping her in those early books, first when she was accused of murder and in a later volume when her lover was brutally attacked.

She is now being stalked by an unknown fan, besieged with gifts of flowers and obscenely expensive jewelry. More worrisome are vicious attacks on two other people who are close to Flavia. These attacks bring Brunetti into the action. He must first convince his superior office, Patta, that an investigation would be appropriate, and as expected Guido’s remarkable diplomatic skill succeeds and Patta give the go ahead.

Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger

athensReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Last year Siger introduced readers to Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis in Murder in Mykonos. Kaldis, now with the Greek Police’s Special Crimes Division in Athens returns in Assassins of Athens. In the first book, Siger used the tradition of burying family members’ bones beneath the small family churches scattered around Mykonos as the basis for the crime in the book offering readers an glimpse into a side of Greek culture not often seen. This time, the backdrop is a much more sinister aspect of Greek traditions. Assassins of Athens focuses on banishment, not only from society, but from Greece.

The son of a very wealthy and prominent family is found murdered in the parking lot behind a gay club. The assumption when child was found, was that he had been involved in behaviors which had turned rough and his body left. But when the identity of the boy was made, and his movements on the night of the murder uncovered, it seemed much more likely that he had been dumped there in an effort to embarrass his family for a similar humiliation of a business rival’s granddaughter. By very soon the investigation takes on a different angle. Kaldis begins to fear that the boy’s murder was no mere effort to even a score, but a definite message to the family for ignoring earlier warnings to leave Greece.