Reviewed: “The Figaro Murders” by Laura Lebow

20613617.jpg** spoiler alert ** I finished Laura Lebow’s THE FIGARO MURDERS. So there is that. The book is more or less interesting, interesting enough to see the story through anyway. The murders, and there are three, have very little to with Figaro, Figaro being the lead character in the famous Mozart opera. Mozart plays a role too, though not a large one. The story focuses instead on Lorenzo Da Ponte who really was the librettist for Mozart when he wrote Figaro.

Da Ponte, Lebow explains in her notes after the story, was chosen as the focus of the story because too much is known about Mozart for him to have been a viable storyteller in a murder mystery. That little is known about Lorenzo Da Ponte made him more compelling, in her eyes.

The trouble is… the story was a good story from the start. It didn’t need an actual character to be interesting. Da Ponte tells the story well enough, because20613617.jpg the emperor’s poet would have traveled in all the worlds necessary to tell the story but it almost seems as though Lebow tries too hard to keep him in character, when little seems to known about his character. He’s not the most interesting person in the story.

The supporting characters, the entirely fictitious characters are. I want to read them tell me the story.

But it’s a good enough read to pass the time and be happy about it.

(I received a copy of THE FIGARO MURDERS through NetGalley and ___ in exchange for an honest and original review. All thoughts are my own.)

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