Transient Desires Book Review

Transient Desires Book Review

Title: Transient Desires
Author: Donna Leon
Published: March 9, 2021, Atlantic Monthly Press
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $27.00 Hardcover, $9.45 Kindle

Guido Brunetti, beloved protagonist of the series bearing his name, is back in the 30th installment, Transient Desires by bestselling author, Donna Leon. Brunetti and his partner Claudia Griffoni, are investigating the case of two American girls who were injured (one seriously) and dropped off at a hospital by two young Italian men. The investigation leads to something much bigger, and Brunetti and Griffoni are up against almost impossible odds. The investigation becomes dangerous, and Brunetti must bring in other branches of law enforcement.

Leon is famous for setting her scenes in Italy and doing such a good job that readers actually feel they are there. Anyone who has been to Italy will agree that her stories are spot on as far as the country and culture. She is also a master storyteller, and her stories tend to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This novel is no exception and the scenarios are plausible and fascinating.

Everyone who reads Leon’s novels loves Brunetti, and always welcomes a new installment of this excellent series. Her novels always include building suspense, believable scenarios, plenty of Italian cultural nuances including references to Italian food, and a surprise ending. Most readers won’t have any idea what the dénouement will include, but will read as quickly as possible - maybe stay up too late – to find out what happens next. While everything in the story led up to a great ending, getting to the end was exciting, and while readers had their suspicions as to what was going on, it wasn’t certain until the book was finished.

One again, Donna Leon has not disappointed, and Transient Desires is definitely worth reading and savoring.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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