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A Deadly Paradise (A Commissario Cenni Investigation Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle版
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B004HYH9ZO
- 出版社 : Soho Crime (2008/5/1)
- 発売日 : 2008/5/1
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 702 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 321ページ
How it is as good:
The characters of this book, like the ones in the first book are all very-well brought to life. They're complex, multi-dementional people (even the not-so-nice characters). In short, they're interesting people that are enjoyable to learn about. The writing is as good as the first, and the sly humor is still there.
How it isn't as good:
The pacing in this book is not as tightly paced as her first novel. There's a bit more time spent with some of the characters (which is good), but throws the pacing of the book off just a bit. There are a few moments that seem to drag, and the final wrap up of the mystery seems to miss the mark slightly.
There's a subplot that arises in the latter part of the book, which, I think, would carry over into the next book (if it is ever published -- the author's website states a 3rd book was going to be printed in 2012, but, as far as I can tell, it was never published.)
I always feel that part of the sign of a good book is that it makes you want to read another of the author's books. Even though this book wasn't quite as good as the first, it was far from being disappointing, and I'd certainly read the third book, if it is ever published.
Brophy's police comissario protagonist, Alessandro Cenni, is an interesting personality, very much in keeping with the cynical but idealistic cops that star in Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Andrea Camillieri's Italian crime novels. Cenni has an alter ego--a twin brother, who is a Catholic Bishop seemingly destined for big things in the Vatican.
But what is most creative about "A Deadly Paradise" is the unfolding story of the principal murder victim of the piece, Jarvinia Baudler, a German woman with such a bizarre history of evil doing that the wonder is that she lived to the age of 77 before she was beaten to death by someone who had finally had enough.
A rich cast of other offbeat characters--a dotty and nasty Venetian Contessa, a larger than life village gossip, a cat-loving diehard Italian Communist, to name but a few--also populate this story to its benefit. Author Brophy attempts to dazzle the reader with this array of wild players and uncountable numbers of red herrings as well to hold our interest with an unusually credible plot. She succeeds across the board, in my opinion.
My only qualm with this well-done book is the slightly irrelevant and therefore less credible pursuit of a lost love by protagonist Cenni. It all may well be explained in the next book in the series, but in "A Deadly Paradise," it seemed a bit tacked on, without a purpose to the book's main story line.