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Through a Glass, Darkly

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon

Through a Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon

Review: Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries are like finely cut gemstones. The storylines are multi-faceted, each side amplifying another, to produce a brilliance that is rare in detective fiction today. Through a Glass Darkly is the 15th mystery to feature Venice Commissioner of Police Guido Brunetti, and is a fine example of her body of work.

In Through a Glass Darkly, Brunetti must navigate more than just the canals of Venice to solve a series of puzzling mysteries: Was the night watchman's death accidental or murder? Was the dead man really concerned about the environment or simply trying to assuage his guilt over his daughter's illness? Are the Murano glass factory owners rivals looking for a competitive edge, or allies for some greater cause? Within this mystery, Leon also carefully and thoughtfully presents both sides to an environmental situation facing most metropolitan areas: What compromises are required to retain a local industry while safeguarding the health of the community?

The ending of the book also deserves mention. Whereas most authors would have felt compelled to continue writing, Leon wisely ends the book, letting the reader's imagination complete the story.

A new Commissario Brunetti mystery is always something to look forward to, and Through a Glass Darkly doesn't disappoint.

Acknowledgment: Atlantic Monthly Press provided an ARC of Through a Glass, Darkly for this review.

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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author

Mystery Book Review: Doctored Evidence by Donna LeonDoctored Evidence
Atlantic Monthly Press (Hardcover), April 2004
ISBN-13: 9780871139184; ISBN-10: 0871139189

Mystery Book Review: Drawing Conclusions by Donna LeonDrawing Conclusions
Atlantic Monthly Press (Hardcover), April 2011
ISBN-13: 9780802119797; ISBN-10: 0802119794

Location(s) referenced in Through a Glass, Darkly: Venice, Italy

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Through a Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon

Through a Glass, Darkly by A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-87113-937-5
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