I'm not going to hold back on this one, I love Guido Brunetti and Donna Leon but this book just didn't do it for me. I felt it sputtered along, without much suspense, a lot of repeating or rehammering of the same exposition without much action or interaction with some of the characters we love (i.e,. very little with his family, his in-laws). It felt ... taped together to me. Come one, we know Brunetti has the "map in his head" of Venice, to tell us once at the beginning is fine but to repeat it every time he goes for a walk, not necessary. Not to mention how he feels about certain suspects, art dealers, over and over. Okay - I guess I made my point.
I'll read the next Brunetti in hopes it will be better but I fear this may be the end of the line for me and this much loved character.