Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dear Great Book Guru, Is it true- you have strayed from sacred Sea Cliff soil? Why would you leave Sea Cliff when there are so many exciting things going on here- the Newcomers' Party, the Cider Social, the Halloween Parade ? Well, at least, suggest a book I will enjoy reading at this beautiful time of year. Shocked in Sea Cliff

Dear Shocked, Never fear- I was in Venice for a long weekend and I am now back where we all belong- Sea Cliff! We had a great time and I have just the book for you: DRAWING CONCLUSIONS by Donna Leon. This is the twentieth mystery in a remarkable series set in Venice featuring Police Inspector Guido Brunetti, lover of Latin and Greek poetry, fine wines, and gourmet meals. His wife Paola is a Henry James specialist, so their dinner conversations always have a strong literary bent. He is a compassionate, just man in an often corrupt society. This book focuses on violence against women and abuse of the elderly- heavy topics indeed but Leon treats them with great sensitivity while giving us a spectacular tour of Venice with all its beauty and intrigue! Even if you are not a fan of mysteries, you will enjoy this book and if you are a fan, it will totally delight you. Leon, American born, has spent the last thirty years living in Venice. While I have enjoyed all twenty of her books, this is probably her best. Highly recommended!

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