I'm not an opera fan, but I've enjoyed meeting Flavia, the diva, who has some problems of her own offstage. In this third time she shows up in a Brunetti mystery, we learn more about her as a person. I disagree with those who say there's no mystery here. Flavia's being stalked, and there's a lot of threat involved even if at the beginning what's thrown at her is massive amounts of yellow roses at performances all over Europe. In Venice, the ante is upped when an excessively valuable gift is left in her dressing room. Then two people who matter to her are hurt, but clearly Flavia is the real target. Brunetti and several of his staff work hard to hunt down the anonymous perp. In the end, Flavia's acting skill, and Brunetti's care for her, keep her alive in a stunning finale. Not Leon's very best, but I really liked seeing an old friend show up again, and would like to see Leon do this again with another character from another book.
Not the deepest mystery in the world but a pleasant story. The description of life as a diva is pretty credible.
A stalker is interested in an opera singer in Vienna. I think I would have enjoyed this more on a DVD as then I could hear the various strains of the music from the opera, Tosca. Usually there is some twist to Leon's stories as she solves the murder mystery, but not this one.
I have to agree with the other commenters that, while Donna Leon is a very good writer, this one just doesn't quite live up to her best. I found it hard to care about the victim, and the perpetrator's story was barely believable. But Leon will bounce back.
I also didn't like this one as much as the previous ones, not sure why. Possibly because it was more about Flavia than Brunetti.... Still a good read though.
Usually these books address one of the more burning issues of society, which this one seemed to lack. This is probably what I missed. No surprises there!
Written somewhat differently from the usual Brunetti story, an opera singer is stalked while in Venice to sing the role of Tosca, and it took me longer than usual to become engaged in the story.
Leon returns to characters in her first book in this series, Death at La Fenice, to create a mystery based on opera and obsession. Flavia Petrelli has returned to sing a role in Tosca and finds herself showered with yellow roses following the performance, with more roses in her dressing room and at her apartment. But, there's no acknowledgment of who is sending them. The expectations of some of her fans weighs heavy on Petrelli. Then, acquaintances start being attacked. Brunetti expects an obsessive fan, but who is it?
Were there parallels with the opera and the stalking fan? I'm not sure. This certainly had more on opera than I cared about so I'd have to say I enjoyed this less than most of her Brunetti mysteries. The funniest bit was when Brunetti and his partner chose an evening of surveillance at La Fenice over spending the evening watching 'Downton Abbey' with their families!
I always enjoy reading the Brunetti stories.The story line for this one is as good as ever but..there is something about the writing style this time that isn't quite right. I think it is to do with the family relationships and the descriptions of the food.
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