Saturday, March 19, 2022

Dressed for Death: a very short review

Book 3 in Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti detective series is Dressed for Death.

Having established Brunetti and his cohort as central characters with solid backgrounds, Leon now starts to spend less time on the familiar characters and more time on other topics.

Here, the topic material initially starts as a crime against sex workers in the mainland Mestre borough of Venice, then moves on to a financial crime hidden behind a non-profit organization's front.

Even more shockingly, Leon dispatches one of Brunetti's colleagues suddenly and unexpectedly, in a passage of real drama, making Book 3 considerably more "hard-boiled" than the first two, which could have been written by Agatha Christie 50 years earlier.

I sailed happily through Dressed for Death in a matter of days, hungry for more.

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