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About Face (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) Audio CD – April 7, 2009
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Leon also just writes very well, that's a big part of the appeal, and if anything this one is even better written.
So if you're a fan of Brunetti, I can highly recommend this one; if you haven't met him, lucky you, but I'd suggest starting with the first novel, Death at La Fenice. If you start with this one, it's probably fine, but by now the characters are so highly developed that it probably works better if you're familiar with them. Vianello, for instance, doesn't play a big role in this story; Elettra's there, but you might wonder where either one of them is coming from if you haven't met them before. You might not appreciate Elettra's outfit of black jeans and white shirt if you don't know how she usually dresses. You won't be confused, necessarily; you'll just be missing a lot of texture.
This one is about crime and corruption as usual, and about cosmetic surgery and standards of female beauty (or is it?) There's a female character with a very distinctive appearance, in whom Brunetti is very interested, maybe too interested for Paola's taste. She's very interesting to the reader too, this one at least, but I don't want to say anything about her (spoilers).Read more ›
Ms. Leon writes with an eye for the familiar in our lives that is dressed up by the lovely locale. Don't some of us have insecurities with the families of our in-laws? And don't some of us have relationships in the workplace where we must tread carefully or avoid them altogether? And doesn't everyone worry about his or her growing children?
In "About Face", the story is as much about the lovely, disfigured woman Brunetti meets at the home of his in-laws as it is about the potential misadventures of her husband in the criminal world. And, central to the story, is the question of what Europe does with its garbage when there is no more room to store it in landfills. This part of the story is fascinating and a little research afterward yielded much the same information as Ms. Leon has woven into her book. This is an interesting read and, in my opinion, worth the time.
As I read, I either stop to look up words or phrases that are unfamiliar to me or I make a note to clarify them later. Here, perhaps, I've saved you the time (hardback page numbers):
4 - periwigs - basically, it is the long form of the word "wig" but it has come to mean the fancy, ceremonial wigs like those worn in regency France, colonial US, and British courts, etc.Read more ›
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I love Donna Leon's books! Her 'commissario' is so engaging, so real. All the main characters are fully developed and fun to read about. Outstanding!Published 3 months ago by painter
I really enjoy all of Donna Leon's books. Love Guido Brunetti and Paolo. Signora Elettra is a character. Love all the food they are always eating, so Italian. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacqueline
This story seems to have been snatched from recent headlines; it is about women who have plastic surgery; Italian political corruption and what to do with trash when all of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JJares
Though I have always loved this series, I felt this one lacked some of the usual energy - more focused on introspection and meandering than actual action to move the story forward.Published 7 months ago by Susan Morrison
Another Guido Brusetti in a long line of Donna Leon books featuring the always entertaining and smart Commisario of the Venice police, the city of Venice also very much a star.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Morris