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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Two short reviews. Donna Leon's Earthly Remains and Bette McNicholas's Farragut Square

For me its both Brunetti and Venice that draw me in. I know the setting will be Venice - drawbacks and all and told from the point of view of an actual resident, not the romantic version of tourists and then there is the Police matters told in minute detail with an Italian flair! Irresistible.

This time the setting is out on the islands and adds another dimension to this author's work. A sudden drowning of a seasoned seaman - is it enough to be suspicious or is it just one of those freak accidents. Brunetti decides to investigate with surprising results and sequences which goes back decades to uncover a tale of corruption, hidden stories and very present day problems.

As usual a fabulous story.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Random House UK, Cornerstone.

Lindsay McCallister is almost you could say undercover in the Washington investigative division. She has earned her stripes the hard way but no one knows exactly who she is and she intends it to stay that way.

Her entire focus is on finding out about the abduction of Tricia Avery who went missing from the streets of Washington years ago. Determined to find out more, Lindsay sets out on this mission not knowing how dangerous it could be to herself as well. Till almost midway no one in the department knows that Tricia is Lindsay's sister.  The element of romance brought into the story by the handsome Dragani for me, took away from the depth of the story which was a good one.

Highlighting a common feature of missing people, this was a good well told story.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of The Wild Rose Press Inc.


  1. Too bad about the romantic aspect taking away from the story of the second book - I wonder if the book is billed as romantic suspense. Loved your thoughts on the first book!

  2. Mystica, I'd like to read Donna Leon's novels. I have read much about her crime fiction and besides Venice sounds like a wonderful setting.