Donna Leon was born in New Jersey but has lived in Venice for thirty years. She loves the city and has set her mystery series with Commissario Guido Brunetti there.
Readers have come to love the intrigue she conjures up, not only in the cases Brunetti tackles, but in the police office life, and also his family life, with a clever wife and two endearing children. In this book Brunetti himself brings Venice to life. Standing on the deck of a ferry Leon writes: “entranced, as he so often was, by the casual, unending beauty of it. Stone, sky, gold, marble, space, proportion, chaos, disorder, glory.”
The story in The Golden Egg goes far beyond Brunetti’s initial assignment and into a world of aristocratic family abuse. A mentally handicapped man in his forties has died of an overdose. When Brunetti investigates the death, he can find no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. It makes for an intriguing story of discovery, what The New Yorker calls “an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event.”
Review by Anne McDougall
Ray Rivers will be in the store on Saturday, April 13 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. He will be here signing his new book The End of September.
About the book:
“Enjoy this historical novel, an alternate future, where Canadian history gets turned on its head. Romance, intrigue and action are all in this story of a couple caught in the middle of a conflict that nearly tears the nation apart.”
“How Canada might look had the Quebec Separatists won that First referendum on sovereignty.”
Be sure to come by and meet Ray, buy a book, and get it signed! We hope to see you all here!
Come by Books on Beechwood to meet Judith Davidson. She will be at the store from 11:00am to 1:00pm signing copies of her new book Sink Into Sleep.
From the jacket:
“Discover insomnia clinic secrets that enable you to conquer insomnia forever”
“Much, much more than a workbook, Sink Into Sleep features:
*A chapter focused on men (often ignored by insomnia books)
*A chapter focused on women and their special sleep needs
*A chapter focused on sleep and medical conditions
*A chapter focused on sleep and anxiety or depression
*A chapter on the pros and cons of sleep medication
*An effective step-by-step guide to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)”
We hope to see you all here!