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?


  1. For a fun and quick read I would definitely recommend The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips!

  2. I absolutely loved John Berendt's The City of Falling Angels.

    Thomas Mann's Death in Venice is a classic--I've read it 2-3 times. The writing is really powerful.

    Henry James' story, The Asperen Papers, is okay--I read it after reading about a similar real case in The City of Falling Angels.

    Daphne du Maurier's short story, Don't Look Now, is set in Venice, though you may not want to visit after reading this one!


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