Format: Paperback 310 pages
Source: Public library
Subject: Religious fanaticism, nursing home fraud, Opus Dei,
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, SYLL, TIOLI
Category: Honeymoon - foreign settings/thrillers
Genre: Mystery Stars: ★★★
In this continuation of the Commissario Brunetti series, the reader is allowed to perceive the religious conflictions within Brunetti's family as well as Venetian society.
We are introduced at the beginning to Maria Testa who Brunetti recognizes as someone he knows but can't place. When he is told that she had previously been a nun that had work at the nursing home where his mother resides, he is immediately taken in as is the reader. Maria informs him of her suspicions of irregularities at the nursing home and that these were the reasons she has left the convent. Not particularly taken with the scant details that she has supplied, Brunetti does minor investigations but moves on in other areas until he is told that Maria was a victim of a hit and run accident. Not one to believe in coincidence, Brunetti proceeds to delve deeper into the former nun's suspicions.
The parallel thread of his daughter's difficulties with her religious education, bring to light Guido and Paolo's conflicts with organized religion.
This book was a bit slower then others in the series but the mystery builds beautifully, unraveling thread by thread to a satisfactory conclusion showing that Ms Leon has masterful control of her plot and characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.