The Jewels of Paradise
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Donna Leon has won heaps of critical praise and legions of fans for her best-selling mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. With The Jewels of Paradise, Leon takes readers beyond the world of the Venetian Questura in her first standalone novel.
Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity.
The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply-connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina’s job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold. From a masterful writer, The Jewels of Paradise is a superb novel, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed.
From Publishers Weekly
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Defective e- book
The e-book has incomplete chapterS. Don't waste your money much less your time on this book. For something that does not involve printing and shipping, e-books are incredibly expensive. Certainly should not have glaring errors like this one.
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Donna Leon in Venice without Brunetti
Leon has written an enjoyable historical mystery. The heroine is appealing and the descriptions of a researcher at work in Venice are intriguing. However, the plot is rather limp and the ending oddly abrupt. The overall effect is workmanlike rather than brilliant.