" I usually love all of these Brunetti books pretty much equally, but this one just didn't click with me. (This might be what took me so long to finish it?) In most of the others, the focus is on the police, procedure, political problems, recalcitrant bureaucracy, local dilemmas, etc. Brunetti himself is a central character and plot device by which all these other issues are examined. In this book, however, we have to explore the feelings of Brunetti and Elettra, which is not exactly what I signed on for, based on my experience with the rest of the series. The mystery with the local fishermen, which I was interested in, was only superficially explored, and seemed like it was used as a vehicle to explore everyone's feelings, instead of the other way around. "
— Virginia, 2/16/2014