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The Girl of His Dreams: (Brunetti 17)

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    Donna Leon(Author) Andrew Sachs(Reader)

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As Commissario Guido Brunetti watches his mother buried, he takes some solace in the cloud dappled sky, and the tops of the Venretian cypress trees, moving gently in the spring breeze.

A few days later he is consoled by returned missionary priest and family acquaintance, Father Antonin Scallon. But it is not consolation alone that brings him. Antonin is concerned about a friends son's large donations to the leader of an 'alternative' religious organisation, Leonardo Mutti. Suspicious, Brunetti asks if the man done anything wrong in making donations. Not yet, the priest replies.

Then a ten-year-old gypsy girl is found dead in the canal, a man's wedding ring and watch in her possession, and Brunetti uncovers a thorny world of prejudice and malefaction surrounding the immigrant gypsy communities, and encounters the new task force set up to help investigate cases involving 'extracommunitari' . Could there be a connection between the maligned gypsy communities and Mutti's alternative 'religion'? Sinister forces are at work and when people or organisations have no respectability left to lose, Pandora's Box is ajar.

Donna Leon’s engaging books have been the cheapest way to travel to Italy for quite some time -- and her legion of admirers know that the Venice of her protagonist Commissario Brunetti is a wonderful destination for the crime fiction lover. Leon, an American expat who now lives in la Serenissima (with such luminaries as opera singer Cecilia Bartoli as one of her friends) has gone native – in no uncertain terms. Her knowledge of Brunetti’s water-logged beat is transmuted into vivid and evocative narratives: the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge are often the dark passageways to another, darker Italy, where hidden (and not-so-hidden) corruption – in politics and daily life – is very much an everyday thing (as headlines in the papers – not just in Donna Leon’s books –remind us on a daily basis).

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  • By Sue from the south on 22 May 2017

    Venice and the people come alive as do their cares, concerns, politics and food. These books are always an enjoyable read

  • By Don M on 16 May 2017

    Anyone who has spent time in Venice will probably enjoy these novels which, to my mind, capture the feel of the place in a gentle and interesting way. I really really like the series.

  • By Robert Wybrow on 3 May 2017

    The item arrived on time and in excellent condition, plus sometimes a useful bookmark - a nice touch.

  • By Terry Martin on 6 July 2015

    what can you say about the Brunetti books? Just so good.

  • By jean axford on 4 March 2017

    Politically astute but simpatico to today's problems albeit written some years ago. Less a crime novel more about interaction between people.

  • By Mr Pye on 24 May 2014

    Good atmosphere. Cleverly written and subtle in that the under dogs switch places with the big wheels who started out as victims. But we're they? It leaves you with much food for thought.

  • By John Mildren on 19 April 2017

    Very good condition loved the book thank you

  • By Jennie on 20 July 2017

    Very good.

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