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The Waters of Eternal Youth: Brunetti #25
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Donna Leon
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The Waters of Eternal Youth: Brunetti #25

Donna Leon



Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery


272 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The annual appearance of a new Commissario Brunetti novel is always welcome! In this one, Brunetti is asked by a friend of his mother-in-law to investigate the accident that befell her grand-daughter fifteen years previously. Manuela fell into a canal and was rescued, but not before sustaining permanent brain damage which has stalled her at a mental age of seven. The Contessa has been plagued at the thought it was not an accident, but has no proof of foul play. It takes some manipulation for Brunetti to get permission to look into the case, but the more he looks, the more he finds. This is the 25th book featuring the thoughtful Venetian policeman, and fans will need no incentive to read it except to be told it is as enjoyable and as steeped in contemporary Venice as all the other books! Lindy


In The Waters of Eternal Youth, the twenty-fifth instalment in the bestselling Brunetti series, our Commissario finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a crime at all.

Brunetti is investigating a cold case by request of the grand Contessa Lando-Continui, a friend of Brunetti's mother-in-law. Fifteen years ago the Contessa's teenage granddaughter, Manuela, was found drowning in a canal. She was rescued from the canal at the last moment, but in many ways it was too late; she suffered severe brain damage and her life was never the same again. Once a passionate horse rider, Manuela, now aged thirty, cannot remember the accident, or her beloved horse, and lives trapped in an eternal youth.

The Contessa, unconvinced that this was an accident, implores Brunetti to find the culprit she believes was responsible for ruining Manuela's life. Out of a mixture of curiosity, pity and a willingness to fulfil the wishes of a loving grandmother, Brunetti reopens the case. But once he starts to investigate, Brunetti finds a murky past and a dark story at its heart.

The Waters of Eternal Youth is awash in the rhythms and concerns of contemporary Venetian life, from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African migrants, all circling the haunting story of a woman trapped in a perpetual childhood.

By:   Donna Leon
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   323g
ISBN:   9781785150753
ISBN 10:   1785150758
Series:   Brunetti
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna's books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world. Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

There is no one better than Donna Leon at showing the ripple effects of a single traumatic event ... Throughout this astonishingly consistent series Leon has recast the city in her own venerable image: full of surprises and hidden beauty. Evening Standard All the things that are wrong with the city appear in these books: corruption, decay and overcrowding are part of the scenery and Leon pulls no punches describing them. But she still loves Venice and Brunetti and so do her readers. Literary Review Effortlessly entertaining. Crime Time A richly textured exploration of issues from corruption to art preservation to African migrants; add in the glorious eccentricities of Brunetti's police colleagues and the touching snapshots of family life, and you have a sparkling summer read. The Tablet, Summer Reading

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