By Its Cover

(Commissario Guido Brunetti, Bk. 23). 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8¼ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. ISBN 9781490623155. $92.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
The latest entry in Leon's Venice-set series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti begins with the theft of several book pages from a prestigious library and soon escalates to the discovery of further mutilation and thefts of rare books, ultimately ending in murder. Once again, Brunetti, in his deliberate, articulate manner, solves all while integrating philosophical commentary on corruption in government and the many daunting social issues pervading such a beautiful city. Bibliophiles will particularly enjoy the discussions of rare books, preservation, and archives. Brunetti devotees will savor listening in on the family's delightful conversations as members reveal their personalities and lives in everyday Venice. Once again narrated by the gifted David Colacci.
VERDICT This entry seemed to end a bit abruptly—are listeners meant to anxiously await the next in the series? Recommended for fans of the series and those who love Venice. ["In addition to series fans, it will appeal to readers looking for a well-plotted story matched with just enough details of life in one of the world's most beautiful locations," read the review of the Atlantic Monthly hc, LJ 3/1/14.]
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