by Sukey HowardAugust, 2004
In her classy, literate, atmospheric Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series, Donna Leon takes readers and now listeners to a Venice that tourists rarely see. That's the plus in crime fiction with an international setting; here you get canals, but you also get real life Italian style, life that's not exactly la dolce vita. Another plus in this series is Commissario Brunetti himself, a charming, compelling, believable character who works tirelessly, often at odds with his less scrupulous colleagues, to solve the crime and find the perp (or the Italian equivalent thereof). You'll find him and Venice in unabridged presentations of Doctored Evidence and Uniform Justice ($34.95, 8 hours, CD, ISBN 1572704187) recently released by Audio Partners. Both are read by David Colacci, who gives them the right Italian accent without ever overdoing it.