Doctored Evidence: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

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Pgw, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 245 pages
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Donna Leon's new novel once again follows Commissario Guido Brunetti through the winding streets of contemporary Venice as he throws open the doors to a case his fellow policemen would rather leave closed.
After the body of a wealthy elderly woman is found brutally murdered in her Venetian apartment, the police suspect her maid, who has disappeared and is heading for her native Romania. When the woman is approached by the border police as her train is leaving Italy, she makes a run for it and is killed as she crosses the tracks. She has a considerable sum of money on her and her papers are obvious forgeries. Case closed.
But when the old woman's neighbor returns from a business trip in London, it becomes clear that the maid could not have had time to kill the old woman before catching her train and that the money on her was not stolen. Commissario Guido Brunetti decides - unofficially - to take on the case himself.
At home, Brunetti's loving wife, Paola, reads the chapter in her daughter's religious instruction book about the Seven Deadly Sins. As he investigates the case, Brunetti realizes that this is probably not a crime motivated by Greed, rather that the motive may have more to do with the temptations of Lust. But perhaps Brunetti is following a false trail and thinking of the wrong sin altogether.

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Review: Doctored Evidence (Commissario Brunetti #13)

User Review  - Marianna Monaco - Goodreads

This is one of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series of mysteries. I like the scenes of Venice, and the depiction of Bruno's married life. He goes home to great lunches and dinners, and not ... Read full review

Review: Doctored Evidence (Commissario Brunetti #13)

User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

This was the first Donna Leon crime novel I read. I bought it during my honeymoon in Venice, determined to get a book situated there. Doctored evidence lives up to this. Familiar names of streets and ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Donna Leon was born on September 29, 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey. She taught English literature in England, Switzerland, Iran, China, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She is the author of a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series. Friends in High Places, a novel from the series, won the Crime Writers Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction in 2000. German Television has produced 16 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast. She was a crime reviewer for the Sunday Times. She has written the libretto for a comic opera and has set up her own opera company, Il Complesso Barocco. Her title Jewels of Pardise made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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