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I am always happy to read a new installment about commissario brunetti and his interesting family and co-workers. To me, Venice is a city of mythic proportions - and it is fascinating to see it through the eyes of a local.
Brunetti investigates veterinarian killed because he was going to report butchers using diseased animals.
Donna Leon writes about the not-for-tourists side of Venice, and draws us into the beauty and decay of a city that she obviously loves.
I like Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative style, and his frequent suggestions to stop for a coffee when he and his colleagues need a breather.
The way Leon describes the world of the slaughterhouse, which adds a bloody touch/splash of horror to this story, shows off her detailed writing.
A wonderful read!
A man is found in a Venetian canal wearing one shoe in Donna Leon's latest mystery. Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the unknown man's identity and uncovers dark secrets concerning meat consumption and animal inspection.
I've been disappointed in some of her later novels but this is better. I find that the series is more engaging than any one novel - and it's best to be read in order.
This is my first Donna Leon book, and in the beginning I found it a bit confusing as it is the 20th book in a series. But gradually became familiar with her character and the city. It definitely will not be my last Donna Leon mystery. I'm going to read more. 4 1/2 stars.
Best one yet. As always, it seems our hero's world is a mix of corruption and compassion. Such good writing.
This, in my view, is not the best Brunetti mystery, but an average Brunetti is better than most stories.
Guido Brunetti and his team of fellow officers investigate a murdered man?a veterinarian who moonlighted inspecting animals and meat at a slaughterhouse. ?Beastly things? is a good title that has more to do with how some people live their lives than about animals.
One will either think of eating meat much more carefully or rush to the humane society to give an abandoned pet a home after reading Leon?s well-thought-out mystery. It?s another good book; beautiful rambles through Venice are always a bonus.
This is my favourite Brunetti novel thus far. While it exposes corrupt (and unpleasant) practises in industrial farming (other books have dealt with disposal of toxic waste, politics, refugees...), the last scene is uplifting and redemptive.