This has been a bumper month for reading!
Another library book came home with me this month. Transient Desires by Donna Leon.
Two badly injured American girls are found left on the paving outside of a hospital. CCTV cameras only show that a boat pulled up by the entrance and two men drag the girls to the entrance then quickly abandon them to make their get away via the canal.
This book is another of the Commissario Brunetti mysteries and in this book he finds himself dealing with a type of crime that he has never encountered before. Why didn't the men stay with the girls until hospital staff arrive? This can only mean that it was not an innocent accident and after identifying one of the men, it is obvious that there is more to this than meets the eye. The uncle of the identified man is rumoured to be involved in more sinister crimes which are outside the normal jurisdiction of Brunetti.
If I hadn't read others from this series, I don't think I would have considered reading more of the Brunetti books. It was a cleverly thought out plot and I still enjoyed the aspects of Venetian living that the author includes but not, in my opinion, as good as the other two that I have read from this series. The ending was somewhat abrupt and I didn't feel that there was a proper conclusion, unless this was the intention of the author to show that things aren't always cut and dried.
Our book club choice this month was The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E Reichert
Al is a works as a restaurant critic for a Milwaukee newspaper. Well known for his somewhat scathing and honest reviews, he books a table at Luella's restaurant under his pen name A W Wodyski. The owner of Luella's, Lou Johnson is having one of the worst days of her life. Hoping to surprise her fiancee with a delicious breakfast of Coconut Cake, she unwittingly walks in on him in what seems to be a compromising position with an intern. She returns to the restaurant where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Unfortunately this is the evening that A W Wodyski is dining there. He writes a brutal review which sends Lou's restaurant into a tailspin and very soon it seems that she will have no alternative but to close.