Monday, 13 November 2017

Venetian Blood by Christine Evelyn Volker

Venetian Blood: Murder In A Sensuous City by Christine Evelyn Volker
First published in America by She Writes Press in August 2017.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? 

A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

I've done well for Venice-set novels recently and I enjoyed Christine Evelyn Volker's addition to their ranks, Venetian Blood. The story plays itself out in the present day and I recognised several of its locations from my own brief visit to the city. Volker also takes us behind the scenes so to speak. We see into affluent homes and their courtyards as well as atmospherically exploring its narrow streets and alleys by night. I felt this author has a real affinity for Venice and appreciated her attention to detail in its presentation. Scenes such as a night-time chase came vividly to life as I read.

It did take me a few chapters to get into this story, but once this happened I was keen to keep reading. Anna is an interesting person to follow although I thought she was lucky that so much of her private investigation just happened to fall into her area of particular expertise! I felt the supporting characters needed stronger portrayals because I sometimes struggled to remember who was who. Similarities in name added to this confusion - Anna, Angela and Agatha all having important parts to play. However the intricacies of the whodunnit are nicely engrossing with the denouement being suitably unexpected and satisfying.

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  1. It's great that you're able to see Venice through the author's eye. Certainly justifies the title. :)