The Waters of Eternal Youth – Donna Leon

The Waters of Eternal Youth - Donna Leon
The Waters of Eternal Youth – Donna Leon

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.

Publisher’s page: The Waters of Eternal Youth – Donna Leon

Night Rounds – Helene Tursten

Night Rounds - Helene Tursten (trans Laura A Wideburg)
Night Rounds – Helene Tursten

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.

Publisher’s page: Night Rounds – Helene Tursten (trans Laura A Wideburg)

The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

The Baklava Club - Jason Goodwin
The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

Back to nineteenth century Istanbul, in the company of Yashim the eunuch who is also a bit of a sleuth – although not much of a eunuch it appears as you head towards the end of the book.

In The Baklava Club our Ottoman Detective grapples with Italian revolutionaries, a Polish Prince and a Catholic priest, as well as the valide and a visiting daughter of a Decembrist exile.

Publisher page: The Baklava Club – Jason Goodwin

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet
His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

This hit my reading radar a while back, but proved elusive at Barbican Library until this month when I bagged a brand new copy that had surfaced on the shelves.

Told in three parts, from three perspectives, His Bloody Project is a crime novel set in a 19th Century crofting community on the West Coast of Scotland.

A beautiful place, but a hard, harsh life.

Author’s webpage: His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

Acqua Alta – Donna Leon

Acqua Alta - Donna LeonAn early outing by Commissario Brunetti, Sergeant (still) Vianello and Signorina Elettra who has obviously only just started her career as Patta’s PA.

Their investigation features international antiquities theft/forgery, the 1994 Xian Terracotta Army exhibition in Venice, the long reach of the Sicilian Mafia, and Venice’s infamous Acqua Alta.

Publisher’s webpage: Acqua Alta – Donna Leon