First Sentence: The woman walked quietly into the empty campo.
Comm. Guido Brunetti is in a difficult position. It is his job to uphold the law. However, his wife, Professor Paola Brunetti, wants to stop a local travel agency from running sex tours for men. She demonstrates her cause by vandalizing the agency. With added pressure from above to solve a robbery and murder with possible Mafia connections, Brunetti is concerned both about his relationship with his wife and his career.
A book that starts without a prologue but with an unexpected, intriguing opening will always capture my interest and Leon wrote a great first chapter with 'Fatal Remedies.' But there are so many things to which I look forward, and enjoy, from Leon.
Her characters are wonderful. Brunetti has a very normal family with normal conflicts, even when they are demonstrated in not-so-normal ways. I appreciate his seeming pragmatism and understanding that his job is to uphold the law, which is not always just. The wonderful, smart and enigmatic Signorina Elettra is endlessly fascinating, for Brunetti as well as for the reader.
Leon creates a rich sense of place through sensory descriptions of sight, sound and particularly, smell. She also uses humor and introspection well''There are days when I think everything's getting worse, then there are days when I know they are. But then the sun comes out and I change my mind.'
In spite of the light moments, Leon always reminds us that this is a true police procedural in which there is violence and tragedy. Well done, Ms. Leon.
FATAL REMEDIES (Pol Proc-Insp. Guido Brunetti-Italy-Cont) ' VG
Leon, Donna ' 8th in series
Arrow Books, orig. ©1999, UK Paperback ' ISBN: 9780099269304A very good, true police procedural