Not the deepest mystery in the world but a pleasant story. The description of life as a diva is pretty credible.
A stalker is interested in an opera singer in Vienna. I think I would have enjoyed this more on a DVD as then I could hear the various strains of the music from the opera, Tosca. Usually there is some twist to Leon's stories as she solves the murder mystery, but not this one.
I have to agree with the other commenters that, while Donna Leon is a very good writer, this one just doesn't quite live up to her best. I found it hard to care about the victim, and the perpetrator's story was barely believable. But Leon will bounce back.
I also didn't like this one as much as the previous ones, not sure why. Possibly because it was more about Flavia than Brunetti.... Still a good read though.
Usually these books address one of the more burning issues of society, which this one seemed to lack. This is probably what I missed. No surprises there!
Written somewhat differently from the usual Brunetti story, an opera singer is stalked while in Venice to sing the role of Tosca, and it took me longer than usual to become engaged in the story.
Leon returns to characters in her first book in this series, Death at La Fenice, to create a mystery based on opera and obsession. Flavia Petrelli has returned to sing a role in Tosca and finds herself showered with yellow roses following the performance, with more roses in her dressing room and at her apartment. But, there's no acknowledgment of who is sending them. The expectations of some of her fans weighs heavy on Petrelli. Then, acquaintances start being attacked. Brunetti expects an obsessive fan, but who is it?
Were there parallels with the opera and the stalking fan? I'm not sure. This certainly had more on opera than I cared about so I'd have to say I enjoyed this less than most of her Brunetti mysteries. The funniest bit was when Brunetti and his partner chose an evening of surveillance at La Fenice over spending the evening watching 'Downton Abbey' with their families!
I always enjoy reading the Brunetti stories.The story line for this one is as good as ever but..there is something about the writing style this time that isn't quite right. I think it is to do with the family relationships and the descriptions of the food.
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