In the book section of a major newspaper, a reviewer comments on four recently released crime or mystery novels. Each novel is set in a different country. One novel, set in Venice, continues the Commissario Guido Brunetti series. Another one, about a woman finding her murdered husband, is set in England. A third book is a police thriller set in Norway. The reviewer feels the plot is convoluted. The fourth is set in post WWII Germany. The reviewer is generally positive about all four books.
- Earthly Remains deals with environmental devastation of a lagoon seen through the eyes of a classics-oriented cop. Other characters such as a boatman illuminate further the beauty of nature.
- The Fifth Element blends multiple stories within a bleak Nordic terrain. An inspector discovers despairing life amid silence and loneliness.
- In Prussian Blue a post-WW II milieu finds a German detective caught up in a game of spies and agents. The effects of time and drugs factor in as well.
“It’s the bees that give the book both its plot and its heart.”