Review: By its Cover, by Donna Leon

Another fine effort by Leon, 23rd in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Set in Venice, Brunetti stops for coffee, mineral water or wine, despairs of the rampant Italian government corruption and the damage cruise ships are doing to the foundations of Venetian buildings. This time the crime is missing books and missing pages from books belonging to a rare book library. A very real problem in the library world, Brunetti and his staff follow the slim trail of evidence to a seeming dead end and then another more serious crime is committed. Understated, well written and not filled with violence as some of today’s mystery writers seem to think necessary.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

Reviewed by: kh

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