Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon
A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

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Donna Leon's riveting new novel, Doctored Evidence, follows Commissario Guido Brunetti down the winding streets of contemporary Venice as he throws open the doors of a case his superiors would rather leave closed. When a miserly spinster is found brutally murdered in her Venice apartment, police immediately suspect her Romanian housekeeper. They are certain their job is done after the immigrant dies while fleeing arrest, but weeks later; a neighbor comes forward to defend the innocence of the accused. The only investigator who believes the alibi is Brunetti, who will have to go behind the backs of his superiors to vindicate the Romanian and find her employer's actual killer. As always, the indispensable hacking skills of the ever-loyal Signorina Elettra are the perfect complement to Brunetti's meticulous detective work. She discovers mysterious deposits in the old woman's bank account, but who made them? As Brunetti investigates, his wife, at home, reads him teachings on the Seven Deadly Sins. In a modern world of intrigue and nebulous morality, how do they relate to the murder at hand? Doctored Evidence is charged with suspense and evokes a contemporary Venice with Donna Leon's masterful flair.
 

About Donna Leon

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Donna Leon is the author of eighteen novels featuring Guido Brunetti, all of which have been highly acclaimed, and the winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award. She has lived in Venice for thirty years.
 
Published March 3, 2004 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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When the old woman is beaten to death, overzealous officers pursue her live-in helper to the Romanian border, where she’s killed as she flees from them, and then act indifferent (some wonderfully characteristic work here from Brunetti’s despicable underling, Lt. Scarpa) when Signorina Gismondi re...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Paola, his lecturer wife (who could almost be seen as a mirror image of Donna Leon herself) causes Guido to brood on the motive for the murder as embodied in the seven deadly sins, in which his daughter, Chiara, is being instructed at school.

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What makes Leon's books such a treat is that the reader "solves" the mystery together with Brunetti.

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The Sunday Times

Nor does anybody doubt the identity of her killer, the Romanian maid Florinda Ghiorghiu, the latest in a long line of illegal immigrants whose appalling treatment at the hands of Battestini provides ample motive for murder.

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