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So Shall You Reap

So Shall You Reap

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They’re sure the answers must lie in Bert’s dark past and in the glamorous, occasionally deadly, days of Music Hall. I really liked the glimpses of Max and Seth Bellington, Bert’s son, filming a remake of Dracula in Whitby. It is a luminous spring day in Venice, as Brunetti and Vianello come to the rescue of Vianello’s friend Marco Ribetti, who has been arrested while protesting against chemical pollution of the Venetian lagoon, only to be faced by the fury of Marco’s father-in-law, owner of a glass factory on the island of Murano.

It had survived this long because, until now, he’d lacked the courage to believe a ‘classic’ could be such a bore, but into the bag it went. The cases, while always intriguing, are almost secondary to the wonderful characterizations and musings and observations of life, especially Venetian life, by Brunetti. In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. Brunetti is investigating a cold case by request of the grand Contessa Lando-Continui, a friend of Brunetti’s mother-in-law. He turned from the shoes in the window and resumed walking, having calculated the time Vianello’s boat would arrive.

A uniformed policeman entered and made a semi-salute towards Danieli, then stood aside to allow the man behind him to enter. Years ago, some months before the birth of their daughter, he had renounced claim to what had been his study so that their second child could have her own bedroom. The Contessa, unconvinced that this was an accident, implores Brunetti to find the culprit she believes was responsible for ruining Manuela’s life. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna.

The eighth of July was a Sunday and on the following Monday I left West Hatch, the village where we lived near Salisbury, for Brandham Hall. As Paola’s actions provoke a crisis in the Brunetti household, Brunetti himself is under increasing pressure at work: a daring robbery with Mafia connections is linked to a suspicious death and his superiors need quick results.He turned his attention to Brunetti, somehow scenting that he was of superior rank, and said, ‘Danieli. Not the Venice that the hoards of day trippers experience, but the real city of the Venetians who reside there. Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man’s flat – something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal – and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime. The Commissario's investigation makes important connections between the past and present, and eventually reveals a shocking motive for Kavinda's murder. Things soon take a more serious turn when a hand is seen in a canal and the body of an undocumented worker is soon found.

As part of a wider investigation into Mafia takeovers of businesses in the region, Guarino wants information about the owner of a trucking company who was found murdered in his office. It appears his aunt has become obsessed with horoscopes and has been withdrawing large amounts of money from the family business. Making him seem even less like himself was the dark red bruise that was gathering on his left cheek and the large bloodied bandage on his forehead that covered most, but not all, of what looked like a graze wound, as though his face had been dragged along a rough surface.

As a long-time fan of Leon and Brunetti, this series has been tailing off, but there are still pleasures to be had in the company of characters who feel like old friends: Guido and his adorable family, the divine Signorina Elettra and the others. He looked up and got to his feet: his eyes were a very pale blue and tilted faintly upwards at the outer corners. There is much delving into the past and while Leon ties it up with some neatness, this is not classic Leon. On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill, the 17th Dalziel and Pascoe novel, a complex book, that begins with a transcript written by Betsy Allgood, then aged seven, telling what had happened in the little village of Dendale in Yorkshire before the valley was flooded to provide a reservoir. Slipping his hands into the space before the first book and after the last, he said aloud, ‘Now,’ and extracted them in one block.



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