Book Review; The Girl of His Dreams

Donna Leon writes of Venice.

Along with the police who attempt to keep civilisation alive despite the best efforts of criminals and politicians.

Commissario Guido Brunetti works to solve crime yet also manages to be a family man. Sometimes world-weary, he is kept grounded by his wife Paolo and family.

The Girl of His Dreams was published in 2008 and is the 17th in the series. This is a good thing! I can go back to book 1 and follow a new literary friend.

What is the plot? A young girl is found drowned in the Grand Canal and there are many ramifications which flow from this event, criminal and political. Secondly, an old friend asks Brunetti to look into the activities of a religious leader. Completely separate from the first storyline yet while the two stories never intersect, they each provide a reason for Brunetti’s family life to be shown.

So, it is a well written book, with interesting characters and including glimpses of the outside world. What is there not to like?

Nothing. This novel has restored my faith in literature. After two failed tales and the subsequent poor reviews, I am enthused by this tale of a City I have often dreamed of visiting.

If you haven’t already found Donna Leon’s work, look out for it. You will not be disappointed.

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