I'm surprised by how miserable a lot of the comments and reviews about this book are. I suspect a lot of that stems from the fact that it's not a Brunetti book - I think it's the only non-series book that Donna Leon has written but I may be wrong about that. I enjoyed it - Leon has stuck with Venice but moved to an entirely different kind of mystery with a female musicologist researching some chests of paperwork belonging to a seventeenth century composer. It's a quiet sort of a plot for the most part but I found it all interesting and was surprised to search and find that the composer at the centre of the story wasn't a fictional creation. The book certainly has a few shortcomings, the end of the story was tied up very quickly without explaining all the details. I think that may have worked better than a long drawn out conclusion though, I could imagine the holes in the plot being closed up rather than having them tediously explained to me and my perhaps not being happy with the explanations. I liked the characters and am kind of disappointed that there's probably not another series starting here. I would quite have liked a family saga about Caterina and her sisters!
This was a library book.
My kindle chose to die and take with it the long list of downloaded samples of every book I've fancied reading but haven't got round to yet in the last few years. Of course it did that just when I was having a bad week and really needed the direction that a recommended reading list from my past self would give me. Fortunately I could fall back on my local library for random book inspiration and this one came up trumps. It was just what I needed to read. Not too heavy, but not too light. Not a great deal happens, but life changes irrevocably for the characters all the same, odd synergies appear out of everyday life where you least expect them. A quick and uplifting read that left me happier than it found me.
This was a library book.
Mostly good but not as captivating as the first of Margaret Drabble's books that I read, though I will certainly read more. Sometimes it was an interesting and pretty universal story of relationships and money and at other times it seemed like a tired period piece of the early 1970s. Often in books like this I find the everyday details as compelling as the story but somehow here the era just seemed to get in the way. It left me feeling like I'd missed the point really.
This was a kindle eBook.