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The Jewels of Paradise

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Hard to put down

Baroque music, some old chests, modern Venice, irresistable protagonist, mystery novel meets opera plot. The ending is satisfying except that the book is hard to put down.

posted by 456454 on October 4, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Agree: Disappointment! Fortunately I borrowed the book from the

Agree: Disappointment! Fortunately I borrowed the book from the library, so I'm not out $$... but compared to her Brunetti books, this one doesn't work.  Too long by half, too many unimportant details and historical names/relationships, and surprisingly the author doesn...
Agree: Disappointment! Fortunately I borrowed the book from the library, so I'm not out $$... but compared to her Brunetti books, this one doesn't work.  Too long by half, too many unimportant details and historical names/relationships, and surprisingly the author doesn't make good use of the single element of suspense which surfaces once early on (to good reader effect) but disappears for the remainder of the book (except for a minor and insignificant reappearance).

posted by 456630 on December 8, 2012

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    For the first time, Donna Leon has written a standalone novel af

    For the first time, Donna Leon has written a standalone novel after so many successful and popular Commissario Brunetti mysteries. Apparently opera is the author’s other passion, and so a once famous 17th century Italian Baroque composer, Steffani, serves as the focal point of this novel, set in the familiar Venice that serves so well in the Brunetti series, but to this reviewer hardly adds to this story.

    When two trunks containing the composer’s last worldly goods arrive in Venice, two cousins claim them as inheritance, tracing their ancestry back to Steffani. They retain an attorney who draws up a contract and persuades them to retain a researcher to determine which of the two sides of the family Steffani may have favored. They agree with his recommendation of “winner take all,” and Caterina Pellegrini is lured from her position at the University of Manchester to study the contents of the trunks.

    Thus the novel progresses as Caterina studies documents and researches the historical background in the library, uncovering little about any supposed treasure in the trunks, but a lot of information on the composer’s life and, of course, the music. The detail is overwhelming. And the question is: Was this trip necessary when the time and effort could have been applied to another Brunetti mystery? It’s not that the writing is not of the same high quality of past Donna Leon novels. Nor that the plot is wanting. It’s just that “The Jewels of Paradise” is not as amusing or intriguing as we’ve become accustomed to in a work by this author. It is, however, an interesting effort. (It should perhaps be added that the next Brunetti novel, “The Golden Egg,” will be published in April, 2013.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

    Boring!

    This book was very boring. The suspenseful parts went nowhere, too many obscure historical figures and obscure church politics, the ending was stupid and the main character wasn't very interesting. Just goes to show that you can't always rely on the ratings.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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