Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon
Narrator: David Colacci
Series: Commissario Brunetti #13
Published by Blackstone Audio on May 11, 2006
Source: Library
Genres: Mystery
Length: 7 hrs 44 mins
Pages: 270
Format: Audiobook
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When the body of an wealthy elderly woman is found, brutally murdered in her Venetian flat, the police suspect her maid, who has disappeared. As the runaway maid's train is leaving Italy for Romania, she is approached by the border police, runs away, and is killed as she crosses the tracks in front of an oncoming train. She has a considerable sum of money on her and her papers are obviously fake. 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 committed the crime. Commissario Guido Brunetti decides - unofficially - to take the case on himself. As Brunetti learns more of the victim's bad character, it appears that the crime may not be motivated by greed after all.

I finished Doctored Evidence about a week ago- I’m a little behind on posting. The thing is, when I sat down to think about it, I remembered how unlikeable the victim was and really how good it was for the neighbor to come forward with her evidence that the maid, now dead too, was not guilty. What is took me a while to remember though was the killer’s identity.

I liked the basic plot – Brunetti sets out to clear the Romanian maid’s name and find the real killer. It’s the kind of thing he would do. I like Venice, the food and the characters as usual. I didn’t care for the seven deadly sins conversations and obviously the mystery itself was not memorable. It had a lot to do with money and blackmail. Eh, maybe I’ve just read too many of hers lately.

About Donna Leon

Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and lived in Venice for over thirty years. She now makes her home in Switzerland.

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