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Give Unto Others (A Commissario Brunetti Mystery)

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Brunetti is approached for a favor by Elisabetta Foscarini, a woman he knows casually, but her mother was good to Brunetti’s mother, so he feels obliged to at least look into the matter privately, and not as official police business. Fraud, and the lax Italian laws that accommodate it, may be at the center of this narrative, but the issues at its heart are human rather than legal: loss, aging, and the ways in which time plays on our character, for good or ill. The crime itself and plot didn't always seem very likely but always a pleasure to follow Brunetti around Venice.

I had started listening to the audiobook on Thursday, then on Friday I had a free evening, so I decided to go on listening through my activities, enjoying a quiet night in.

It seems to take Brunetti an age to spot some pretty obvious pointers, there is almost no Brunetti family life and even Venice itself didn’t seem the essential character it usually is and I found the descriptions of it a bit laboured and familiar. I feel I've been on vacation to Venice with an insider's guide to its people every time I read a Brunetti novel. I cannot take seriously any idea that fortune of birth alone somehow conveys a greater complement of life’ s positive qualities than those found in less wealthy/socially prominent individuals. I’ve always thought that the people who want to help save the world are probably the worst people to be in charge of a charity,” Claudia Griffoni tells Brunetti (p. When speaking to the junior officer Pucetti about Signorina Elettra’s methods, Brunetti realizes that he wants to avoid “[getting] himself involved .

Whilst he's thinking about this, Brunetti encounters someone he's seen only occasionally since they were neighbours when he was a child. Her characters are extremely relatable, and each entry seems to deal with a different ethical or moral issue. What they provide is an attractive escape amongst a well fleshed out cast of characters, while providing a great sense of place and of Italian attitudes to many social issues. However, when his friend's daughter's place of work is vandalized, Brunetti asks his own favors--that his colleagues Claudia Griffoni, Lorenzo Vianello, and Signorina Elettra Zorzi assist his private investigation, which soon enough turns official as they uncover the dark and Janus-faced nature of a venerable Italian institution.How this kindness than colours how we think of those associated with us and how we have to rethink what we've built our past on when we are much older and have more pieces to the puzzle. Sadly, Paola hardly appears and says very little and we don't even see Brunetti's family, usually a source of much warmth and light-heartedness. As Venice’s winter chill comes, so do revelations that keep Brunetti chasing the answer to the Foscarini puzzle. Brunetti] is a superb police detective—calm, deliberate, and insightful as he investigates with a reflective thoroughness.

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