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So Shall You Reap

So Shall You Reap

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What is so clever with Leon's writing is that this history is set against the safety and comfort that runs through every Brunetti novel. As Venice experiences a debilitating heatwave, Brunetti escapes the city to spend time with his family. Yet Bocchese, by some system he nursed in his bosom and revealed to no one, could find in that clutter, with the accuracy of a heron spearing a fish, any paper requested of him. He turned to Brunetti and, keeping his voice low, said, ‘The parade was the usual thing: about two hundred people, holding signs and chanting slogans.

While there is an interesting plot, don’t read this book for fast action, but rather savor the words and thoughts, the pace of daily life in La Serenissima. When he saw Brunetti, the Ispettore leaned forward and opened the back door of the cab, then went round and got in on the other side. The good news is that she ages him – so there is a sense of realness about her characters, which makes him and others believable. Donna Leon provides another delectable slice of the thoughtful policeman’s life at work and at home… So Shall You Reap is as witty and wise as anything Leon has written. Making him seem even less like himself was the dark red bruise that was gathering on his left cheek and the large bloodied bandage on his forehead that covered most, but not all, of what looked like a graze wound, as though his face had been dragged along a rough surface.That a soul could have lived such a joyless life is too much for Paola to bear, and she asks Guido if he can find out what happened. Brunetti is shocked to hear that Brett Lynch, a friend since a murder case at La Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. It may be her age (I believe she is 80 this year) but also the fact that the pandemic has reduced the number of tourists and at least for now has given Venice back to its citizens.

By purchasing the item from Charlies Chapters Ltd you agree that you are happy to receive a revised edition. To help his father in law, Guido visits the Palazzo Zaffo dei Leoni in an effort to discover whether the rumours it is for sale are true, where he meets a Sri Lankan man living in the garden house in the grounds. Brunetti stopped involuntarily at the realization that he might not recognize Alvise if he saw him out of uniform.It is a luminous spring day in Venice, as Brunetti and Vianello come to the rescue of Vianello’s friend Marco Ribetti, who has been arrested while protesting against chemical pollution of the Venetian lagoon, only to be faced by the fury of Marco’s father-in-law, owner of a glass factory on the island of Murano. As well as the mystery the issues Leon highlights in this book are concerning pollution and the overfishing of clams that is destroying the clam beds.

Not the Venice that the hoards of day trippers experience, but the real city of the Venetians who reside there. The Commissario's investigation makes important connections between the past and present, and eventually reveals a shocking motive for Kavinda's murder. And before the night is out Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling and apparently senseless death. But as Brunetti – and the indispensable Signorina Elettra – investigate further, no one seems willing to talk, as the military protects its own and civilians keep their own counsel.

Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man’s flat – something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal – and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. In a minor ancillary plot, Brunetti learns about the recent parole of a 'gentleman art thief', for whom Brunetti has an odd soft spot. He doesn’t smoke or drink to excess and often goes home for lunch to his beautiful wife Paolo, who is a wonderful cook – in this book she treats him to a delicious apple cake made with lemon and apple juice and ‘ enough Grand Marnier to permeate the whole thing and linger on the tongue for ever.

For the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene of the crime is none other than Paola Brunetti, his wife. As a favour to his wealthy father-in-law, the Count Falier, Commissario Guido Brunetti agrees to investigate the seemingly innocent wish of the Count’s best friend, the elderly and childless Gonzalo, to adopt a younger man as his son. Guido's wife Paola, an English professor, prepares delicious meals and the family discusses all manner of interesting things, like the statue of the wild boar in Venice, and the ethics of eating meat. Danieli closed the file – which Brunetti noticed contained no more than a single page – and said, ‘I’ve heard conflicting stories about what happened.It leads Brunetti right to the heart of aristocratic Venice, to a family still grieving for its abducted son. Early one morning Brunetti confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. Bert’s son Aaron thinks his mother, Verity, killed Bert, who has a very shady past, with plenty of affairs with other women. But when the girl is found stabbed to death, Claudia Leonardo is no longer Paola’s student, but instead becomes Brunetti’s case.



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