Reviews by SarahRose
This is the first book in a series starring Detective Nic Costa. Vatican culture and history plays a big part in the story. Fans of The Davinci Code will appreciate the style of this mystery. Nic begins a struggle for justice in a city where the influence of the Mafia and power struggles among various Roman authorities make doing the right thing complicated.
This is the story of the 1996 fire that destroyed Venice’s Fenice Theatre. The draw for this book is the glimpse into the history and culture of Venice. Italy is so rich in art, from the Opera to the architecture. I’m fascinated by the mystery of Carnival and masquerade balls and the romance of a city traversed by canals. There’s something so haunting about the loss of the theatre and the risk that faces so many other historical buildings and artifacts in Venice because they are not properly preserved.
There was nothing about this movie that was surprising or new. It was just the same weak gags from every recent comedy movie performed by women instead of men with a little bit of chick-flick drama thrown in. Mostly I just felt uncomfortable watching Wiig's character make life hard for herself in completely unbelievable ways. I will say that Wiig has never looked better, but that really isn't enough to save the movie.
I found the British female accent assumed by Kevin Free when impersonating Sadie to be implausible and irritating, so I'd stick to the book and skip the audio version.
The name of the 3rd book in this series is Mockingjay