When a young woman returns from holiday to find her elderly neighbour dead, she immediately alerts the police. Commissario Brunetti is called to the scene but, though there are signs of a struggle, it seems the woman has simply suffered a fatal heart attack. Vice-Questore Patta is eager to dismiss the case as a death from natural causes, but Brunetti believes there is more to it than that. His suspicions are further aroused when the medical examiner finds faint bruising around the victim's neck and shoulders, indicating that someone might have grabbed and shaken her. Could this have caused her heart attack? Was someone threatening her? Conversations with the woman's son, her upstairs neighbour, and the nun in charge of the old-age home where she volunteered, do little to satisfy Brunetti's nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, Brunetti is determined to get to the truth and find some measure of justice. Insightful and emotionally powerful, "Drawing Conclusions" reaffirms Donna Leon's status as one of the masters of literary crime fiction.
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Donna Leon has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher . Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Through a Glass, Darkly, Suffer the Little Children, The Girl of His Dreams and, most recently, A Question of Belief.Review:
[Leon's] portrait of Venice and modern Italy is, as always, captivating...The lively conversations between...characters, displaying Leon's sly humour, are a delight. Her novels are really studies in human nature, both good and bad, and as a result are far more interesting than mere tales of shooty-shooty bang bang.' Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard Leon's clear-eyed descriptions of Venice still make you long to return to the calles and campos of the floating city. Sunday Telegraph [Leon] is a master at weaselling her way into the venal byways of human selfishness and laying them bare. This she does partly in the manner of a magician whipping the ace of spades from behind one's ear, and partly with the demeanour of a priest who is not surprised at what he has just heard in the confessional, but is deeply saddened nevertheless by his flock's inventive capacity for sin...A reflective sensibility suffuses Drawing Conclusions, a tone that fits Brunetti's advancing age, and offers an acute window on Venetian society and its ills...There's a quietness to the crimes here that is more powerful than outlandish violence, and which points to the philosophical bedrock from which Leon so effectively works. Scottish Sunday Herald
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