Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Opening Sentence of the Day: Death in a Strange Country
"The body floated face down in the murky water of the canal."
-- Death in a Strange Country (1993) by Donna Leon.
This is the second in Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series set in Venice. I read the first, Death at La Fenice (1992), several years ago, but the series has only recently caught my attention again.
Venice is such a magical city. I go through periods of enthrallment with Venice, which don't necessarily correspond to actual visits and usually only lead to extensive periods of armchair travel.
I think I will make a list of Venice books. At the top will go The World of Venice by Jan Morris, still my favorite "travel" book ever, more of a biography of a city.
Any other suggestions?