Falling in Love
by Donna Leon
2015 / 256 pages
read by David Colacci 8h 23m
Commissario Guido Brunetti series #24
rating: C+ / crime –
I think this is my first Guido Brunetti books and I enjoyed the first part but … – I got it because I love the voice of David Colacci (see the John Lescroart books) and the book was on sale! … Well. What’s a good girl to do? lol
Flavia Petrelli, a world-renowned opera singer, is apparently being stalked by a flower-thrower – a fan? – Who is bombarding the opera star with bouquets and bouquets of yellow flowers? They come to her in the dozens in London and St. Petersburg and in Paris – now she’s in Venice. There are even flowers inside her apartment. she calls Brunetti.
Then one night Francesca, a rising young opera singer whom Flavia has only spoken to once, praised, is thrown off a bridge and breaks her arm in the fall. It was not an accident or an act of random violence – it was the deliberate and the perpetrator is very mysterious.
Leon writes nicely but nothing special. Brunetti is a book lover so there are lots (and lots) of literary references which are fun for awhile – but imo literary references do not a literary novel make.
Leon creates a nice ambiance for Venice but again, nothing special (keeping in mind that this is my first Leon). And Brunetti is an interesting detective although fairly typical – except he seems more normal and somewhat nicer than most.
The premise for the plot, the development of the tension were great at first but even they petered out –
Overall? – Meh – unless you enjoy Tosca and opera in general. I may or may not read other books by the author – ? –