I am partial to the little guy book stores. They sponsor and promote newbies, whereas the big guys ...
Anyway, I do go into the big guys sometimes to look around. I always check out the DVDs and what did I discover on Monday, but a DVD of Donna Leon Commisario Brunetti movies, I thought. Turns out her books have been turned into a series of German TV shows. So, here's this crew of Germans, speaking German, portraying Venetians. But, the Venice scenery is glorious. The story lines (I only got episodes 1 & 2) are true to the narrative in her early books. The only thing not quite true to the book is that the Patta portrayer comes off as too human. Maybe there just isn't a German anywhere who can slip into the skin of Sicilian Patta as depicted in Leon's books. And the Commisario readily pulls a gun, which I don't recall from the books. But I liked those DVDs. Partly because I really like Donna Leon and I really like Venice. And the Germans make pretty decent Venetians. And spoken German, with an occasional, "Ciao," and subtitles is not enough to be off-putting. It was finding an Easter Egg after the field had been picked clean by the hordes.
I checked Amazon, and apparently a lot of her books have been scripted into TV shows. I'm not sure I will get more episodes or not, but I did enjoy episodes 1 & 2.
John Zerr is the author of four novels, The Ensign Locker, Sundown Town Duty Station, Noble Deeds, and The Happy Life of Preston Katt.
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