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Donna Leon, “Drawing Conclusions”

Wait, did that just happen? Did I just read a Donna Leon novel in which Guido Brunetti fails to find the criminal? Have we come to this? A point when a reliable procedural-mystery writer actually declines to solve the mystery? For … Continue reading

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Donna Leon, “Willful Behavior”

I thought I had read my way through Donna Leon’s books but here is one from 2002 that I missed. Willful Behavior involves the murder of an appealing young woman, Claudia Leonardo, one of Paola Brunetti’s students. As always, Commissario … Continue reading

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Donna Leon, “About Face”

I’m beginning to feel a little bit sorry for Donna Leon. For years it seemed as if she had a great gig, living in Italy, writing popular murder mysteries set in Venice — what a fantasy! The problem is that … Continue reading

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Donna Leon, “The Girl of His Dreams”

They have a tightrope to walk, these writers of murder mysteries.  On the one hand, they are constrained by their genre to offer readers the conventional experience: a puzzle in the course of which damage is done and order, ultimately, … Continue reading

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Magdalen Nabb, “Vita Nuova”

I had almost forgotten about Magdalen Nabb; I’d certainly given up on her.  She was one of those mystery writers who surfaced in the 1980s – Edmund Crispin, Sarah Caudwell, Julian Barnes writing as Dan Kavanagh – who brought a … Continue reading

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