“Dressed for Death” By Donna Leon Review

Commissario Guido Brunetti’s hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera – a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death.

Yet again another decent book from the Commissario Brunetti series. Even thou it isn’t the best mystery series I’ve come across, it still managed to drag me in to the universe and I will continue to return to this series.

The mystery here was pretty good and the twist was pretty clear once to came to the middle of this book which really killed the big twist at the end which really annoyed me and it really makes me give a mystery book a low rating when this happens. 

The plot was decent for the most part but there were many moments in this book where the plot focused on other things rather than on the main plot of who killed the victim. Which really annoyed me and it made the book longer than it needed to be. And the plot also felt pretty awkward just because the main character made it super awkward when he was talking to or about transvestites and the entire sex selling industry. Which really annoyed me because we are in 2022 and we should be more comfortable to talk about it now.

The writing style here was petty basic but it in a way fitted in with the rest of the story in a way. But of course it didn’t fit for a mystery novel which this book was in the end. 

This book is in the end a good and light read for bedtime reading right before you go to sleep. This book is good when you don’t use your brainpower on it. 

When you read this book it feels like it was written in like 1950s or something around it and not in 1994. Because this book keep telling us that people who are working in the sex selling industry or just like the rest of us and that everyone need to do something to survive. Which is a very old perspective on it I guess.

I give this book 2 / 5

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