I like the Commissionaire of Police here - Brunetti is everything you would expect not of a police inspector but he is very much like Inspector Lynley of P D James and he has got an added plus of loving his food and someone who is knowledgeable about food as well. The descriptions of some of the meals is mouthwatering.
The story centres around an elderly lady - a person who is very unpopular, someone who is a nasty piece of work. She is found brutally murdered in her apartment and the Romanian maid has absconded. The maid is the obvious suspect and the case is closed satisfactorily and speedily.
Two weeks later we have a neighbour returning from a trip to London who is adamant that the maid is not responsible. She also comes up with alibi as well as supporting evidence believed only by Brunetti and no one else. Why does this neighbour help this maid whom she does not know at all and why go to all this trouble.
With the help of the highly efficient and discreet Signorina Elettra and her hacking into web sites and computers of everything and everyone we unravel the mystery so far removed from what we imagine.
Venice mouthwateringly described adds to the books attraction for me!