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By Its Cover by Donna Leon
  

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Commissario Brunetti is getting older and slowing down so it seems inevitable that his cases are too. This one concerns the theft of ancient books from the Venice library and then the inevitable murder. The Venetian colour is as good as ever and all the usual characters are there and you don’t need their background to enjoy this.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Leon’s command of the baroque Italian thriller is second to none, and readers are now very at ease in the company of her hard-working, copper Commissario Brunetti, here given one of his most intriguing cases. It involves antiquarian books. The pace in this latest entry is steadier than usual, but all the detail that we expect from Leon more than makes up for that slightly meditative quality. All the familiar ingredients that we expect from the author – notably that extremely detailed sense of place – are to be found; and Brunetti fans need not hesitate.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

By Its Cover by Donna Leon

By Its Cover is the much anticipated twenty-third instalment in Donna Leon's bestselling crime series, where Commissario Brunetti is better than ever as he addresses questions of worth and value alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra. When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn't quite add up. Taking on the case, the Commissario begins to seek information about some of the library's regulars, such as the ex-priest Franchini, a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature, and Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library's chief donor, and comes to the conclusion that the thief could not have acted alone. However, when Franchini is found murdered in his home, the case takes a more sinister turn and soon Brunetti finds himself submerged in the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books. Alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra, he delves into the pages of Franchini's past and into the mind of a book thief in order to uncover the terrible truth.


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The multiple award-winning Leon has lost none of her talent for weaving intrigue, and the atmosphere of Venice is as beguiling as ever. * Living North * Leon's command of the baroque Italian thriller is second to none. * Good Book Guide * An excellent entry in the Brunetti series ... There are few detectives with whom I enjoy spending time more and I must now endure the long wait for Leon's next book. * 2606 Books *


About the Author

Donna Leon

Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

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Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Donna Leon

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Publisher

William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780434023028

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