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The Clothes of the Dead Wear As Well As Any Other

Advantages: Enagaging, cautious, careful storytelling
Disadvantages: It won't excite you

...Stella is dying of cancer. Her last days are to be spent at Middleton Hall, a care home for the elderly. Intelligent, articulate and lady-like she adores the butterflies that flitter past her bedroom window, listens to classical music and enjoys regular v ...

LostWitness 21.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Brimstone Wedding - Barbara Vine

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Fire and brimstone

Advantages: Really compelling story
Disadvantages: A bit slow in the middle

...When Stella comes to stay at the old people's home where Jenny works, she immediately becomes a favourite of Jenny's. Jenny senses in her a kindred spirit, and as time progresses, it soon becomes clear that they do have something in common - they have bot ...

sunmeilan 13.11.2008 · Read full review
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Burning desire

Advantages: Stupendous climax - grips from the first page
Disadvantages: None

..."The Brimstone Wedding" is a horrifying novel. By this, I do not mean blood and gore, but an entirely believable story about how anyone's life can change in a split second - and not for the better. Stella is in an old people's home. She is smart and el ...

FionaR 20.02.2001 · Read full review
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Through a glass darkly

Advantages: Good Conclusion
Disadvantages: Slow pace

Background: This is the fourth book by Donna Leon that I have reviewed. Originally my boss told me to give her a try as she is one of her favourite authors. And after getting used to the first one, I have found her books to be very good and quite addic ...

CPTDANIELS 31.05.2008 · Read full review
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Vile Venetians

Advantages: Good characters, good descriptions of Venice
Disadvantages: not too thrilling

Commissario Brunetti and his colleague Vianello "play hooky" on a fine spring day in Venice and leave the Questura to help Vianello's friend Marco, an engineer and ardent ecologist, who's protested in front of a factory on the mainland that poisons the la ...

MALU 15.07.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Through a Glass, Darkly - Donna Leon

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