The Jewels of Paradise – Donna Leon

In a word: dull.

In another word: disappointing.

In a paragraph: one of my favorite authors cast asides her top crime character – Commisario Brunetti – to show off her impressive knowledge of Venice and baroque music with different players. The plot’s a stinker, the characters are fit for cereal packets only, and the pace is so slow, it was a real struggle at times to keep going. Fine language and a great backdrop do not rescue this.  Awful.

Score: 4/10.