Drawing Conclusions

Donna Leon’s twentieth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery has all the qualities that have made the series one of the most enduring pleasures in contemporary detective fiction: a noble and credible hero, an endlessly fascinating setting (Venice), a bracing concern for social justice, and, best of all for this reader, secondary characters—I’m thinking of Brunetti’s wife Paola and his resourceful colleague Signorina Elettra—who always seem to steal the show.