The Golden Egg, by Donna Leon

It is autumn in Venice in the 22nd mystery in this series. Commissario Brunetti’s happy family life is contrasted with the life and death of a mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaner. Brunetti’s wife Paola asks him to investigate this death. With a quiet and slow paced plot, Brunetti stops for a coffee or glass of wine, uncovers a clue, interviews a witness and by the end, the quiet horror of a man’s life and death is revealed. If you enjoy a mystery where each book seems like a visit with old friends, try this series.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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