I fell in love with Venice when I visited in 2007 and left part of my heart there. A dear friend suggested Donna Leon's series of detective novels set in Venice, and on starting to read about Guido Brunetti, the principled Venetian Inspector, I fell in love with him and his wonderful family. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read his most recent outing, and "Falling in Love" did not disappoint. I was transported into Brunetti's Venice and the problems he faced in working out what was going on, and how to protect the vulnerable. Venice is as strong a character as is Vianello, or Elletra. or indeed, Flavia. La Fenice, the Opera House, is at the heart of the story, but the roots spread far afield. Donna Leon's wonderful writing is in evidence: "Irritation packed its bags, opened the door and, pulling impatience along by its sleeve, began the long walk downstairs."
It's a thoroughly enjoyable, beautifully written, constructed and characterised book. It is a rare treat and I am very happy to recommend it.