By Donna Leon

aka Death in excessive Water

As Venice braces for a iciness tempest, Commissario Guido Brunetti, Donna Leon's intrepid Italian sleuth, unearths out that an outdated buddy has been savagely overwhelmed on the palazzo domestic of reigning diva Flavia Petrelli. Then, because the flood waters upward push, a corpse is discovered—and Brunetti needs to plow through the chaotic urban to resolve his deadliest case but. Sinister and unique, Acqua Alta is one other chilling addition to Donna Leon's best-selling sequence.

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He could never be sure whether a rosebud was intended to lie in that negligent fashion on the marble surface of a table or whether it had been inadvertently dislodged from its fellows in the majolica bowl by his own clumsy hand. The temperature of the house, as he put it to himself, exaggerating slightly, was that of a Greek beach at noon in August. If you had the figure for it you could have gone about quite happily in a bikini. He wondered why Denise, who had, didn't. And how did the flowers survive, the daffodils ill-at-ease among avocado-pear plants?

Beneath it was another picture, macabre, compelling the eye. Wexford, refusing to be drawn, turned his attention to the newspaper's account of the case, its lead story. He read it slowly. 'The body of a girl was this morning discovered in a vault at Kenbourne Vale Cemetery, West London. 15. 'The discovery was made by Mr Edwin Tripper, of Kenbourne Lane, a cemetery attendant, when he went to give the vault its monthly inspection. Detective Superintendent Fortune said "This is definitely a case of foul play.

She came to Kenbourne Vale in January, but where she came from nobody seems to know. When she applied for the room she gave Mrs Pope an address in Fulham. We've checked on that. The street she named and the house she named are there all right but she never lived there. The owners of the house are a young married couple who have never let rooms. ' Having built up the suspense in a way Wexford recogmsed, for it was the way he had himself used on countless occasions, Howard went away to fetch cheese and biscuits.

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