Christine's Book Reviews

TRANSIENT DESIRES by DONNA LEON

Having just finished a novel about Venice, I moved straight onto another novel about Venice. Such joy! “Transient Desires”, the 30th in the stunning Commissario Guido Brunetti series, is every bit as gripping as the previous books, but it is but definitely a little darker. Although Guido’s delightful family is …

THE VENETIAN MASQUERADE by PHILIP GWYNNE JONES

What a pleasure to plunge back into the Venetian world of Nathan Sutherland, the Honorary British Consul in Venice, and otherwise a translator of documents – often boring, and increasingly Brexit related. “The Venetian Masquerade” is the 3rd in this charming series, and we are re-united with Nathan, his long-suffering …

THE LOST EXPLORER by CONRAD ANKER & DAVID ROBERTS

What a great read this book is, and reading it in cold, wintery conditions, whilst on holiday in the Himalayan hills of Uttarkhand in northern India, made it a perfect fit. Conrad Anker and David Roberts delve into one of the long-standing mysteries of high-altitude mountaineering, namely whether George Mallory …