One of Leon's best Commissario Brunetti mysteries. This one is more character-driven than some of the others, focusing on the relationships between Brunetti and several of his colleagues.
Excellent as always! Leon had more humor than usual in this one. Excellent story and resolution.
This novel allows Signorina Elletra Zorzi to step away from her desk and go underground in a murder case of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina (a city southwest of Venice). A fire breaks out on a fishing boat and two men are found. The village clams up when the police come; thus Elletra decides to visit relatives and search for clues.
The various local police administrations are not interested in taking on this case; thus it falls to Brunetti. The citizens of the island are unwilling to talk with outsiders; Brunetti has his hands full of unhelpful inhabitants.
In this story, Brunetti has to think about his emotional attachment to Elletra. As Brunetti worries about Elletra, he comes to realize he has feelings for her. Paolo, his wife, and members of Brunettis staff note that he seems overly-concerned about Elletras safety.
In many of these Brunetti stories, our hero out-thinks his adversaries. In this book, however, there is plenty of action.
Donna Leon writes beautifully and her characters are human and believable. Her descriptions of Venice are wonderful and the mysteries themselves are complex and intelligent. A Sea of Troubles is is the middle of the series; each book can stand alone but I found that looking for the earlier books & reading them in series was more fulfilling to me. There are subtleties & facts that are appreciated more by knowing what came before. Highly recommended.
It was like re-visiting our times in and around Venice.