20/series. While this book could stand alone, why deny yourself the pleasure of reading the whole Venice-based series starring the marvelous Guido Brunetti and his scholar wife Paola, and two delightful kids (and their delightful meals)? For a series of this length, it's amazing there's been not very many sags. And now that there's such a marvelous body of work, you can spend a month or two immersing yourself in La Serenissima as tourists rarely see it. In this grisly issue, a man's body is found in a canal; he has no identification. Click below for more no-spoiler review...
Days later, he is identified as a local veterinarian with his own practice and a part-time job at a local slaughterhouse as a quality inspector. Commissario Brunetti and his sidekick Vianelli slowly tease out the strands of this, at time horrific, murder. With her usual multi-layered approach, Brunetti's home life as well as his professional one are illuminated. And the denizens of the questura  produces a whole other life of its own. A 4.5.
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