A Sea of Troubles (Commissario Brunetti, Book 10) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

The homicide of 2 clam fishermen off the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido at the Venetian lagoon, attracts Commissario Brunetti into the close-knit neighborhood of the island, certain jointly by means of a code of loyalty and a suspicion of outsiders precious of the Mafia. whilst the boss's secretary Signorina Elettra volunteers to go to the island, the place she has kin, Brunetti reveals himself torn among his accountability to unravel the murders, matters for Elettra's protection, and his now not fullyyt basic emotions for her ...

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Been wholly unpleasant for her. True, she ached in a great many areas of her body which she had forgotten were still potentially operative, especially the spaces below her ribs and the muscles just behind her knees. But such physical activity served to enhance the delightful prospect of her imminent holiday; and to show the world that she could live it up with the rest and the best of them, she had wallowed in a long 'Fab-Foam bath before ringing her only genuine friend, Jenny, to say that she had changed her mind, was feeling fine and raring to go, and would after all be delighted to come to the party that same evening at Jenny's North Oxford flat (only a stone's throw, as it happened, from Morse's own small bachelor property).

Grace. This year the enthusiasm of the guests was such - all but six had presented themselves in various guises - that even Sarah, not by nature one of the world's obvious have-a-go extroverts, found herself wishing that she were one of the happy band drinking red or blue cocktails in the restaurant-cum-ballroom on the ground floor at the back of the hotel, where everything was now almost ready. The whole of the area was surprisingly warm, the radiators round the walls turned up to their maximum readings, and a log fire burning brightly in a large old grate that was simultaneously the delight of guests and the despair of management.

Interview with one interrogator had been followed by interview with another, and the truth was that her recollection of some periods of December 31st had grown as unreliable as a false and faithless lover. m. she spent some time in the games room: brushing down the green baize on the snooker table; putting up the ping-pong net; repolishing the push-penny board; checking up on the Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo sets; and putting into their appropriate niches such items as cues, dice, bats, balls, chalk, darts, cards, and scoring pads.

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