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Book of the Month  |  Death at La Fenice

Mar 2, 2024 5:09:25 PM / by Tim McCarthy

03-2024 Book - Death at La Fenice


Book of the Month: Death at La Fenice -- by Donna Leon

Editor’s note:  Editor’s note: If you are a fan of well-written detective mysteries, this one (Leon’s first of many) will thrill you.  I’ll now be looking into following her fascinating and flawed protagonist, Guido Brenetti.

Favorite excerpt (What an opening!):

“The third gong, announcing that the opera was about to continue, sounded discreetly through the lobbies and bars of Teatro La Fenice. In response, the audience stabbed, out cigarettes, finished drinks and conversations, and started to filter back into the theater. The hall, brightly lit between acts, hummed with the talk of those returning to their seats. Here a jewel flashed, there a mink cape was adjusted over a naked shoulder or an infinitesimal speck of dust was flicked from a satin lapel. The upper galleries filled up first, followed by the orchestra seats and then the three rows of boxes.

The lights dimmed, the hall grew dark, and the tension created by an ongoing performance mounted as the audience waited for the conductor to reappear on the podium. Slowly the hum of voices faded, the members of the orchestra stopped fidgeting in their seats, and the universal silence announced everyone’s readiness for the third and final act.

The silence lengthened, grew heavy.”


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