By Donna Leon
Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is stunned to listen to that Brett Lynch, a pal considering the fact that a homicide case at l. a. Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. The assault, within the appealing palazzo domestic of Flavia Petrelli, reigning diva of los angeles Scala, had include a message: 'Don't retain that appointment with Dottor Semenzato.' Then, with the hurricane clouds amassing speedy over the town, a man's physique is located ...
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By the time her mother died, Maria could not afford to reconvert the villa, so the family remained in what was for all intents and purposes, an upstairs ﬂat. Maria was optimistic that they would one day use the ground ﬂoor again. ” (As soon as things look up? Why would they, and on what basis did she make this assumption? ) She wanted to show me the courtyard by daylight, so we descended the marble stairs to the ground ﬂoor. In the spring sun, the towering walls presented a variegated palette of hues from butter yellow to dusky rose, that is where they were visible beneath the foliage.
Then she would be coming back to the villa to wash up after lunch. Leaving Antonietta to get on with the baked pasta, Maria was keen to show me the rest of the house. She explained that the family had lived upstairs ever since her mother had become an invalid and could no longer manage the stairs. The upstairs sitting room became the main reception room, and the rooms downstairs were abandoned. So instead of relegating Granny to her sickroom, the whole family had moved upstairs in order to keep her company.
All that was left of the misconceived business enterprise were rows of huge concrete vats erected in place of the original barriques. These were hideous, now quite useless, and almost indestructible. They would have to be blasted out with explosives, according to Silvio and Goffredo, who had now joined us. Goffredo, like Silvio, was dressed in tweeds, a Sicilian version of the country gentleman. Dofﬁng his ﬂat cap, he addressed me with the elaborate courtesy of a Jane Austen hero, enquiring politely after my night’s sleep and my physical well-being.
Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, Book 5) by Donna Leon