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So Shall You Reap

Monday, December 4, 2023

So Shall You Reap (2023) Donna Leon (Commissario Brunetti)

So Shall You ReapThis is the 32nd book in the Commissario Brunetti series.

Like so many other characters in mysteries, Brunetti and his family have stopped aging, Chiara forever trapped as a young teen.

Like the previous couple books, the mysteries are ok. The draw of this story remains Brunetti and Venice.

Brunetti followed him and, as he had the first time he was there, stood and gawked at the multistorey building and again tried to count the floors. As ever, he failed, defeated by the architect, who had granted more than one horizontal window to each floor.

Living in a city where everyone walks must be lovely, and strange.

Brunetti could not remember ever having passed him on the street.

My favorite character in this story is the nun Brunetti meets in the course of his investigations.

‘She misses him,’ Suor Benedetta said. ‘Now that he’s gone, she’s always going over the wall, trying to find him.’ She put out her hand, and Sara came back and took a lick at it. ‘We miss him too,’ she added.

‘Because he helped you?’

The nun’s face tightened with confusion. ‘No. Because he was good.’

It’s passages like that that keep me reading the series, those human interactions that make you feel like you’re watching a friend rather than investigating a murder.

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Rating: 7/10


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