Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As I've said about other Lady Emily stories in this series, I really like the premise and the ideas behind these mysteries better than the execution of them. I wish I could identify what it is that leaves me feeling a bit flat whenever I read one.
This time around, we are treated to a visit to Venice, unarguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the star of the show and the descriptions are excellently done. Of course, there is a murder to solve and Lady Emily and her husband Colin get right to work. Along the way, they eat delicious food and drink a fair amount of prosecco. Lady Emily samples limoncello while her husband sticks to whisky and scotch, out of national pride or just to needle his wife, it's never clear. The mystery is slowly unravelled and it hinges on a love story from the late 1400s Venice involving two influential families. Their names are not Capulet and Montague, but you get the picture.
Maybe I am just out of sorts with mysteries these days. I find all the other aspects of the story engaging, but the actual mystery seems inconsequential to me. That could explain why I keep coming back to this series but never find myself wowed by it. Since that's a little like reading Dostoyevsky and complaining it's depressing, I'll give "Death in the Floating City" a 3.5 because it can't help being a mystery. That's what it is. And as a vehicle for a luscious travelogue, it's really quite good.
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