Thursday, April 9, 2009

50BC09 #8: The Thief of Venice

The Thief of Venice: A Homer Kelly Mystery (Homer Kelly Mysteries) The Thief of Venice: A Homer Kelly Mystery by Jane Langton

rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a fan of the Homer Kelly mysteries, but this one bothered me due to the completely atypical behavior of one of the characters. If this development had been explained or had been more central to the story line, it would have made for a better book. But Langton detonates this bizarre plot point without worrying about the shrapnel. Those unfamiliar with the series/characters will probably not find it as problematic.
That said, the other elements of the mystery and the visualization of Venice are well-executed and carefully researched. The line drawings bring the Piazza San Marco and other Venetian landmarks to life, as in a private travel journal.

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