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  1. says:

    This is the first book in a series by Edward Sklepowich featuring a writersleuth by the name of Urbino Macintyre I did like this book but not sure to what depth This was one of those books where I was always stopping to Google something on the computer that was mentioned in the book Unlike the mystery books I’ve been reading that are set in Florence I have no visual map in my mind of Venice And so I felt compelled to l

  2. says:

    Mr Sklepowich is a solid writer who leaves no loose ends and who writes in the style of the classic mystery writers His books are not police procedurals but are the classic three act mysteries with the murder happening at the end of Act I after we've met all the potential suspects Lengthy ruminations on facts uncovered

  3. says:

    Mystery in VeniceThis is an intelligent and entertaining mystery The author's descriptions of Venice the engaging

  4. says:

    Set in Venice in the late 1990s expat Urbino Macintyre delves into the deaths of a washerwoman and her son the the theft of the bones of a beloved saint Eccentric characters loving descriptions of Venice and its culture a leisurely plot complete with layers of complexity I recommend it to mystery readers and lovers of Venice

  5. says:

    It was a little slow and the characters underdeveloped If I am going to read a mystery set in Venice I’ll choose Donna Leon

  6. says:

    Death in a Serene City is the f

  7. says:

    A fairly middle of the road kind of mystery What makes it interesting is the settings the characters and what th

  8. says:

    Nice setting in Venice but in the last 30 pages the mystery suddenly resolves but without really building the foundation for the resolution There were a lot of sudden jumps to the conclusionThe murder of an elderly washerwoman occurs in the small church of San Gabriele where at the same time someone has stolen

  9. says:

    The book was slow and there wasn't much in the way of mystery None of the clues were pointing to the eventual murderer but the writing was just ramblings of the hero's impressions of Venice I like reading about Venice so I would recommend the book on that score but if you're a mystery fan read something else

  10. says:

    A good sense of place but for me I found the author a rather dispassionate story teller I did not get a sense of

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Asherwoman thrust Urbino into the heart of a strange and sinister mystery leading the inuisitive author down a twisting perilous trail that winds toward almost certain doom among the disinterred dead on the Isle of Bon. The book was slow and there wasn t much in the way of mystery None of the clues were pointing to the eventual murderer but the writing was just ramblings of the hero s impressions of Venice I like reading about Venice so I would recommend the book on that score but if you re a mystery fan read something else The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family perilous trail that winds toward almost certain doom among the disinterred dead on the Isle of Bon. The book was slow and there wasn t much in the way of mystery None of the clues were Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream pointing to the eventual murderer but the writing was just ramblings of the hero s impressions of Venice I like reading about Venice so I would recommend the book on that score but if you re a mystery fan read something else

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Death in a Serene City

Venice called to Urbino Macintyre intoxicating him with a blend of majesty history and decay Strolling past her magnificent palazzos and picturesue canals the expatriate American writer knew he could love none other an. Mystery in VeniceThis is an intelligent and entertaining mystery The author s descriptions of Venice the engaging characters the history created an fine atmosphere for murder This is not a fast paced thriller but a slowly built mystery that s meant to be savored I m off to buy the next book in this series The Exploration of the Male Anatomy past her magnificent All Night Long (Nannies, picturesue canals the expatriate American writer knew he could love none other an. Mystery in VeniceThis is an intelligent and entertaining mystery The author s descriptions of Venice the engaging characters the history created an fine atmosphere for murder This is not a fast

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D vowed to remain alwaysBut now the elegant tranuility of his chosen city has been shattered by mayhem and murder The bizarre theft of the corpse of a thousand year old virgin saint and the brutal slaying of a devout w. Death in a Serene City is the first book of the Urbino Macintyre mystery series by Edward Sklepowich The story is set in Venice Italy during the weeks prior to carnevale in 1987 A wide variety of characters are introduced a washerwoman a hunchback a priest a countess writers and artists None are fleshed out in personality but each eventually contributes at least a little bit to the solutionAllow plenty of time to read this book it s certainly not light entertainment like a page turner or a beach read provides The author is a Fulbright scholar and it shows his narrative is at the college reading level with constant references to history art the classics literature Italian phrases Fascinating information can be learned by following up references on Wikipedia as you read Frankly the references are interesting than the mystery I first tried to read the book without stopping to look up references but found it far too dull Since I was reading the book for the Venice in February Reading Challenge I felt compelled to continue so I began following along with Wikipedia to enjoy it Many references are completely irrelevant to the story such as andron the classical Greek term for men s living uarters as opposed to women s living uarters in a houseMystery books typically start with a death and consist of the process of unraveling clues to identify the killer and hisher motivation Although a death occurs early in this book unlike most other mysteries it is not the subject of Urbino s investigation He does not decide to investigate anything until page 100 and then he is only interested in the second death He goes around talking to people and not finding out much for the next 100 pages Meanwhile deaths occur Finally Urbino looks for connections between the deaths He becomes rather smug around page 250 when he begins to figure it out Urbino stages a not very suspenseful confrontation to reveal the killer The intricate and far fetched plot is the least interesting part of the book Of interest is Venice itself the glassblowers on Murano burials on the cemetery island the masks worn for carnevale and dramatic Acua Alta high tides