Brunetti is asked to investigate the attack on the teenage grand daughter of Contessa Lando-Continui, a friend of his parents-in-law, which left Manuela with a mental age of 6-7 …. 15 years ago.
With the by now familiar an not strictly by the book assistance from Signora Elettra, and with Commissario Claudia Griffoni as his co-investigator rather than trusty Vianello, we see Brunetti comfortable working in a predominantly female context, and see Venice through female eyes.
Swedish Detective Inspector Irene Huss investigates the murder of a nurse and death of a patient at a private hospital in Goteborg. A complicated case from the start, things take a turn for the worse as more deaths follow.
The original novel was published (in Swedish) in 1999 and it shows its age, particularly in mobile phone usage. The English translation I read, by Laura A Wideburg, is for an American audience – with occasional jarring consequences. Irene Huss’s jujitsu skillset also irritated.