The Golden Egg

(Commissario Guido Brunetti, Bk. 22). 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8 hrs. AudioGO. 2013. ISBN 9781624604997. $69.95; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Those who follow Leon should listen as Venetian policeman Commissario Guido Brunetti, in his inimitable, articulate manner, solves a murder and comments on the social ills of his beloved city in this 22nd entry (after Beastly Things) in the series. Brunetti's wife, Paola, tells him that an employee at their drycleaner's, a mentally handicapped man, has just died of a sleeping pill overdose. Brunetti investigates and is surprised when he can't find a birth certificate, passport, driver's license, or anything else to prove that the man had ever existed. Before long, powerful people are implicated, but why would they want the man dead? As usual, beautifully narrated by David Rintoul and not to be missed.
VERDICT Recommended to those who enjoy mysteries set in unusual settings with great characters, such as Louise Penny's "Armand Gamache" series. [The Atlantic hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]

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