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“aka "Beestachtige zaken" in Dutch”Jacques Z wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fast moving and interesting, as always”Ann F wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ah - suitable reading for Midsummer when it's so hot that you can stay late outdoors and read by the midnight sun”Pirjo S wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Got a sample on Kindle.”Clasyl wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A little slow at first, but overall very enchanting and nicely done.”Jack P wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I always enjoy Donna Leon's books”Doris S wrote this review Tuesday, October 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 21 in the Commissario Brunetti series
The appeal in this series has been the leisurely approach Commissiario Brunnetti has in solving crimes, it was refreshing to see him pick up the pace and exert himself with a lot more hands on action this time. The structure has not change a whole lot, we still experience Venice through the eyes of Brunetti and of course his wonderful family and their customs always play an important part in the staging of the mystery. This novel explores the dark side of Italy’s meat industry and covers the widespread corruption that drives it.
The mystery opens when a body of a man is discovered in a canal without any usual source of identification on him. It is his distinct medical condition that enables Brunetti and his team to eventually identify him. He is a veterinarian, separated from his wife and known to moonlight at times at a slaughterhouse. With the help of the devious Signorina Elettra, a hardened hacker, the team finds themselves slowly infiltrating the world of veterinarians and abattoirs. They soon realize there is an organised criminal side driven by human greed that may have something to do with the murder.
After reading this novel you may think twice about the food you eat and may even turn you into a vegetarian. As a counterbalance, the author adds her usual colour to the story by describing Brunetti’s leisurely lunches prepared for him by his lovely wife, pastries and pasta seems to be an Italian favourite. Ms. Leon’s characters are well developed and very believable and her plot doesn't shy away from dealing with social issues. The story is atmospheric and develops into a complex intertwining of relationships, betrayal and corrupt practices. I enjoyed the guesswork including the gruesome descriptions that came across in some of the chapters.
This is another captivating tale with Italy as a backdrop, the author’s speciality.”
“Typical Donna Leon; a bit preachy at parts.”Kim wrote this review Saturday, September 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“9.3 hrs - borrowed from Dunlap Library - When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti’s home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead. As subtle and engrossing as ever, Leon’s Beastly Things is immensely enjoyable, intriguing, and ultimately moving.”Catherine E wrote this review Thursday, August 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No