Commissario Guido Brunetti is back solving crime. The Venetian inspector has been called on to investigate an attempted murder. The case is over a decade old and has been filed as an accident. If this isn’t enough of an obstacle, let’s throw in office politics, inept superiors, and the beautiful but overly touristic and corrupt city of Venice as the setting. Leon delivers a tight, elegant mystery devoid of car chases, most weapons, and limited cell phone use.
The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
“Miracle on Water”… it could be said that this story is a precursor to the 1980 Winter Olympic U.S. Hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice”. Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is a fascinating story of eight University of Washington students coming together in the ultimate team sport, rowing. With the Great Depression as the backdrop, the story of this true amateur team is an excellent and inspirational story. Many of these young college men faced and overcame many obstacles including family strife, abandonment, financial difficulties, and even global politics in their quest to win locally and nationally. Read how this team overcame long odds to compete on the world’s biggest stage, the 1936 Olympics, and find out how they did against the hometown favorites, Germany.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Private detective Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, his assistant, return in Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) third book in the Cormoran Strike series. Wasting no time with pleasantries, readers are thrown into the action with a package containing a woman’s severed leg delivered to Robin at work. In between arranging her upcoming nuptials and having an on-again off-again relationship with her fiancé, she inadvertently places herself in danger while trying to determine which of the four men from Cormoran’s past is responsible. Meanwhile, believing he is the target of the madman, not Robin, Cormoran follows his own hunches. Action and plot twists abound, making this the best book yet in the series. This well-conceived and -written mystery with likable main characters will keep you coming back for more.