Loved Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon and her Commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice. The lifestyle of Venetians are woven throughout the story -the canals, walking and boat transportation instead of cars, seemingly casual schedules and the sense that there is much more going on that what we (as visitors) or Commissario Brunetti know.
An American soldier from the nearby base in Vincenza is found stabbed in the canal, Rio dei Mendicanti, with robbery the assumed cause. Commissario Brunetti teams with Maggiore Ambrogiani of Vincenza to uncover what really happened.
The image of the US bringing "America" to its overseas bases was spot-on and the refusal to have all end well reminded me that right does not always prevail.