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Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

Doctored Evidence (2004)

by Donna Leon

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Because I want to be just like LISA! ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
New to me series, but I'm really enjoying it. I love the Venetian setting. ( )
  AnaKurland | Jan 30, 2016 |
Another good read by Donna Leon ( )
  sianpr | Jul 23, 2014 |
Commissario Brunetti has taken a holiday and when he returns he finds that Lt Scarpa has overseen a murder and closed the case without apparent due diligence. So when Brunetti is confronted with a witness whose evidence Scarpa ignores, Guido sets out to clear the reputation of the alleged killer and find the true culprit.

The clues in this mystery were well-hidden and the characters involved were not necessarily likeable but did appear as they needed to be. I really liked this installment, maybe one of my favorites. ( )
  cyderry | Nov 28, 2012 |
This is definitely one of my favorites in this series by Donna Leon. The complexity of the characters and their motivations continues to unfold as Leon continues the saga of Commissario Guido Brunetti, his wife Paola, his children (marching smartly toward young adult maturity), and his comrades at the questura (police headquarters): Ispectore Lorenzo Vianello and Signorina Elletra. She adds in a very true to life ongoing tug-of-war with others on the staff - his boss, Vice-Questore Guiseppe Patta, and the stuffed shirt everyone loves to hate, Lieutenant Scarpa.

In this episode, an old woman, not well liked by anyone, is found brutally murdered, and her illegal alien house worker has disappeared. Brunetti is on a well deserved vacation, and does not discover until he returns that . as usual, Scarpa has taken the easy way out, has not done his homework, and has declared the case closed. When a new witness appears to contradict Scarpa's conclusions, Brunetti feels compelled to reopen and take over the case. In the meantime, Vianello is dealing with an elderly relative who seems to have come under the spell of a TV evangelist cum rip-off artist.

Leon always adds into the mix wonderful discussions of current vs classic mores, police corruption, crime solving techniques and wonderful presentations of Italian food and drink. They are especially enjoyable as audios when narrated by the incomparable David Colacci who captures the Italian inflections and intonations so well. I have yet to discover what's not to like about this series ( )
  tututhefirst | Mar 12, 2011 |
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As Donna Leon’s many fans have come to expect, beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti once again finds himself pursuing a puzzling case his fellow policemen would rather
leave closed. After a wealthy elderly woman is found brutally murdered in her apartment, the authorities suspect her maid. But when the maid meets an untimely end trying to escape from border police, and it appears that the money she carried may not have been stolen, Commissario Guido Brunetti decides—unofficially—to take the case on himself. Filled with Leon’s signature plot twists, Doctored Evidence is a terrific novel of suspense that is sure to delight loyal fans as well as attract new ones.

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Venetian police detective Guido Brunetti investigates when a Romanian housekeeper is falsely accused of murdering her employer.

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