Sunday, October 30, 2016

Brunetti's Venice

I've be re-reading some of Donna Leon's murder mysteries set in Venice. (Thanks, Laury for letting me borrow them!) Since I've been to Venice now, I thought it would be fun to follow Commissario Guido Brunetti around that beautiful city as he investigates crime. When he takes the vaporetto down the Grand Canal passing all the lovely palazzos that line it, I know what he's seeing. By checking out my Venice maps, I know when he gets off the vaporetto at the San Silvestro stop to walk home that he lives somewhere in the neighborhood between the fish market and the Rialto Bridge. And I've been there!

In the first paragraph of the first chapter of  'Death in a Strange Country' a body is found floating right here in this canal by the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo...
and a witness describes a suspicious person standing in the campo by this statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni.

It's been very enjoyable visiting Brunetti's Venice. An added bonus: it's been a great distraction from politics and all the other dire news of the day!

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