MYSTERY

Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Atlantic Monthly. Apr. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780802123534. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802191830. M
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OrangeReviewStarThe ever-incredible Leon's 24th stunning entry in her stellar mysteries featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti brings the series full circle, revisiting Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house and the famous soprano, Flavia Petrelli, featured in Death at La Fenice, the inaugural book. Once again, Flavia sings the title role in Puccini's Tosca, but at this point she is a seasoned, divorced diva with two children, enervated by the hard work of singing and cynical about the persistent drama surrounding the production. Moreover, she is being stalked by an unknown "admirer" whose disturbing attention is escalating toward violence. Once again, Brunetti intervenes, but Flavia's love for her children determines the outcome.
VERDICT This is a dark novel with an ironic title that resonates on multiple levels. In particular, it explores the nature of love—and hate—in a manner that will haunt readers well after they have finished the book. Another provocative addition to a fine series, certain to appeal to aficionados of profound literary mysteries such as Louise Penny's How the Light Gets In. [See Prepub Alert, 10/27/14.]

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