In Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series, the Venetian inspector may be called through to investigate several things, from shocking to petty crimes. But in The Waters of Eternal Youth, the 25th novel with this celebrated series, Brunetti finds himself drawn to a case which could not be an instance at all.
Fifteen a long time ago, a teenage girl fell right into a canal shortly before bedtime. Unable to swim, she went under and did start to drown, only surviving due to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, struggle to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into your canal by another man, though the following day he couldn’t remember anything.
Now, at the fundraising dinner for the Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness—the girl’s grandmother—asks Brunetti if he’ll almost certainly investigate. Brunetti’s uncertain what to do. If a crime was committed, it could surely have passed the statute of limitations. But from a mixture of curiosity, pity, and also a willingness to satisfy the wishes of your guilt-wracked older woman, who has become his mother-in-law’s best ally, he agrees.
Brunetti soon finds himself not able to let the case rest, if indeed there is an instance. Awash inside rhythms and concerns of the latest Venetian life, from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African migrants, and also the haunting story of an woman kept in a damaged perpetual childhood, The Waters of Eternal Youth is an additional wonderful addition to the present series.