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Doctored Evidence (Commissario Brunetti #13)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,541 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
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 do ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2004 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2004)
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This is possibly one of the most boring Brunetti books yet, but I'm upping it a star because of the neat tie-in with the title at the end. Donna Leon dropped the mic on that one and walked away, brushing her shoulders off. Some things I enjoyed in this installment:

- Signora Gismondi! I would read her diary. The idea that she met her lover in London before coming home to her Venetian apartment to cook a pasta with garlic and eggplant fills me with envy.
- Vianello and Brunetti go out for lunch and
Maria João Fernandes
Dec 13, 2013 Maria João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, donna-leon
"Um amigo seu inglês observara, certa ocasião, que viver ali era como viver num loony bin. Brunetti não fazia ideia do que era um loony bin, nem onde ficava, mas isso não o impedira de acreditar que o amigo estava certo. Com o tempo, pôde comprovar que era uma descrição precisa de Itália."

O décimo terceiro livro da série do Comissário Guido Brunetti começa com a descoberta de um corpo brutalmente assassinado de uma idosa antipática detestável. Avarenta, rabugenta e sempre mal-humorada, a vitima
Mar 22, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old woman whom everyone loathed (and with good cause) is found brutally murdered. When her Romanian paid companion seemingly goes on the run and then, on being approached by the cops, falls in front of a train, everyone assumes the case is over -- everyone except Commissario Brunetti, because it's to him that the neighbor speaks who knows the Romanian companion couldn't have done it . . .

My problem with this series is that I'm very fond of Andrea Camilleri's novels, of which these seem pale i
I enjoy reading about the Brunetti family, to hear about Raffi and Chiara and the banter between Paola and Guido. I envy their kids sometimes about what food Paola cooks for them. Half of the time I think about diving into traditional Italian cooking and the other half of the time my stomach grumbles angrily and wants to be fed. I have not gotten myself one of the meals Paolo cooks though.

The mystery can easily become a side kick, though I think looking at it this way is strange. The character
The Book Shelf
Apr 13, 2016 The Book Shelf rated it really liked it
This is the fifth or sixth book by Donna Leon that I have read. Her chief detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, fascinates me. He is well-read, loves his wife and children, is diligent in his investigations and has a slightly cynical attitude toward the way business is conducted in his home city of Venice. When I read these books I feel like I have been to the city and have absorbed the ambiance of it. The relationship between he and his wife, Paola, is a mature one built on love and respect. I ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: brunetti, mystery
13th in the Commissario Brunetti series set in Venice, Italy.[return][return]An old woman is found battered to death in her apartment by her doctor who is making his weekly visit. Brunetti s nemesis, Lieutenant Scarpa, becomes convinced that the killer is a romanian woman who was a live-in housekeeper for the old woman, and who has disappeared. Her papers turn out to be forgeries, and Scarpa faxes a copy of her photo to the border police. Confronted by the police, she attempts to escape and acci ...more
Jennifer Blake
Nov 04, 2011 Jennifer Blake rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A housebound old woman with a mean temper and nasty habits is brutality murdered, and no one cares. No one, that is, except Commissario Brunetti. So begins DOCTORED EVIDENCE, an intriguing study of murder Italian style, one that explores the ramifications of motive, also the uneasy fit of modern murder into the list of Seven Deadly Sins. Brunetti is in fine form as he threads his way through the labyrinthine streets and waterways of Venice--which serve as a metaphor for tangled Italian law and p ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Madeline rated it liked it
After the raging disappointment that was Through a Glass Darkly, I'm tempted to give this book a higher rating than it deserves based just on how much better it was. So I'll settle for three stars, which in my mind translates to "pretty good, I guess."

The truth is I'm getting a little bored with Commissario Brunetti. So many little things are starting to grate at me: the way he lovingly describes every article of clothing and jewelry his smokin' colleague Signorina Elettra is wearing every damn
May 31, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
Donna Leon is the perfect author for serial addicts. She has created a great set of characters; sets her books in a wonderful city (Venice) for the readers to explore; and gives a moderate dose of philosophy or morality for us to ponder. I love her! Perhaps the only reason I have given this book three stars, not four, is that I've read three or four of her mysteries now and have high expectations---I know she'll be good, so I am not gob-smacked by how wonderful the books are.

If any readers recal
Apr 02, 2016 Lindaharmony rated it really liked it
Earlier this year, I stumbled on Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice and was pleasantly surprised to find a likable, non-eccentric character, Guido Brunetti, at the center of the story. This is #13 in the series and the third I have read. Brunetti battles a culture of bureaucratic inertia as he searches for the truth in each murder case, but he can always count on a couple of confederates in the police department who share his interest in the truth and have computer skills that he doesn't to skirt r ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
To begin with, I have to confess that I love Venice. So any story that takes place there is likely to please me. Also, I love a good whodunit. Nothing's better for curling up with and relaxing. Still, Donna Leon's stories have something special. Maybe it's her detective, Commissario Brunetti. He's an extremely wise and cool person. A murder mystery's effectiveness depends on the personality of the detective, and Brunetti is extremely simpatico. Maybe it's the way her ripped-from-the-E.U.-headlin ...more
May 15, 2016 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Brunetti book in which the crime is incidental to the subplots, I think. Because Brunetti is on holiday, Scarpa is the first to investigate the murder of a much disliked, venomous, hateful old woman who lives alone, confined because of age to her apartment and cared for by a series of women from the Slavic countries who are in Venice illegally. None of them can bear for long the misery of the old woman's scorn and the verbal and emotional abuse she dishes out constantly. Scarpa jumps to hasty ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Siri rated it really liked it
I read this one a couple of years ago but had forgotten the plot line. On our trip back from California we listened to it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Something that came through more on the audio than reading was the humor I found myself laughing out load at several of Brunetti's comments. As with most of her stories, the plot moves slowly but is rich with characters, red herrings and brick walls. Which is probably a more realistic picture of how cases get solved.
Mar 11, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Leon's unforgettable beginnings - "She was an old cow and he hated her." - proceeds to an equally terse and memorable conclusion. Along the way, the Scarpa intrigue becomes a confrontation, and Brunetti examines the Seven Deadly Sins in the light of modern justice. A repulsive victim, a mediocre "victim," not to mention several examples of true virtue, including a Romanian caregiver and a golden retriever. One of Leon's best.
Pamela Mclaren
Another winning story by Donna Leon anther very patient Commissario Guido Brunetti, who works to find the truth and solve this mystery despite the evidence of a convenient suspect and no interest in getting to said truth.

This time around, an old woman, disliked by all, is found bludgeoned to death in her apartment. The police determine that her cleaning woman, an immigrant from Romania, is missing and is therefore the killer. During their hunt to track her down, the cleaning woman falls onto rai
Dana Clinton
Jun 13, 2015 Dana Clinton rated it really liked it
Still very much enjoying this series, of which this is the 10th. Paola and Guido Brunetti have a discussion about the changing interpretation of the importance of the seven deadly sins, and that discussion permeates this tale. A very nasty old woman (everybody who ever had contact with her agrees in this assessment) is murdered in the apartment from which she has not budged in several years. Lieutenant Scarpa investigates cursorily, decides immediately that the illegal immigrant maid did it, cha ...more
Norbert P
When being daily terrorized by her neighbour's blaring tv-set until well after midnight with the police doing nothing against it Mrs Leon plans to leave Venice in favour of a villa in the peaceful solitude of the Terraferma. But then she makes up her mind and decides to kill her neighbour instead. If not for real then at least in her fiction and it is once more her history interested, philosophical and ideal driven commissario Brunetti who is confronted with the death of an elderly lady in her a ...more
Mary Ellen
Nov 07, 2014 Mary Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This turned out to be one of my favorites in this series. Leon isn't illuminating a particular social issue (other than frequent references to government corruption, but that is a constant in this series!). It starts off with the unfortunate death of a truly miserable human being, reminding me of many "classic" mysteries in which the victim is such a pain in the neck, there is a long list of possible killers. The threads of various leads are woven together by Brunetti's ruminations on the Seven ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Pjr rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I'm not sure how I stumbled across the Donna Leon stories, but I'm glad I did. The appeal is simple escapism; a series of glimpses of Venice. And the sympatico thoughtful protagonist Guido Brunetta and his left-leaning patrician wife Paolo, seal the deal. I spent one brief, painfully hot, day with wife and three kids in Venice, and at the time swore I would be happy never to see a vaporetto again. Donna Leon's books have changed my mind.

So, to this story: a wealthy venetian woman is found murder
Mar 09, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing
Another great Brunetti novel! I can't help comparing the calmer Venetian temperament of Brunetti with the fiery Sicilian temperament of Montalbano. Both characters work well in their respective series, both are intelligent and principled yet willing to bend the rules when required, and both command the respect of their officers. However, Brunetti would never throw something at one of his staff or swear at them, he's more of an intellectual, more polite, and more measured. Interestingly, both cha ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
An old woman lives in a house, blaring the TV, annoying all the neighbors, treating her housekeepers terribly, and she is found bludgeoned to death. How did she support herself? She had a son who died and had a a colorful past, her husband died years ago, she has one niece who will inherit her home, and she has an attorney that deals with all of her assets. Her last housekeeper was suspected of the murder. When Brunetti took over the case, he did not believe the housekeeper was the murderess and ...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
Aug 29, 2015 Theresa Leone Davidson rated it really liked it
This is the 13th novel in Donna Leon's series but the first that I have read, and fortunately, you need not have read the first twelve for this to make sense. Apparently they are all stand alone novels. I really liked this story, set in the city in which the author lives, Venice, about an old woman who is murdered in her home and who might have killed her. The main character, Commissario Guido Brunetti, is likable and written as a man of integrity, and of course the setting is terrific, as are t ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Maureen rated it liked it
Good read but not my favorite. But life without a Donna Leon mystery to look forward to will be a sad day for me.
Jul 22, 2015 Chrissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Donna Leon book and I probably should have started with an earlier one in the series. I had trouble following who was senior to who with her liberal use of Italian and some of the camaraderie of his team seemed very established and I felt almost left out. I don't mind use of another language and a mystery set in Venice needs that but sometimes it was hard to figure out what the word actually meant so what is the point. That said, I don't think there was much to the story. A rather simpl ...more
Diane C.
Jan 21, 2015 Diane C. rated it really liked it
Another totally satisfying Inspector Brunetti crime mystery from Donna Leon. A nasty old woman is found murdered in her apartment within a house along the canal. Her illegal alien Romanian housekeeper is suspected at first, but a neighbor gets in touch with Inspector Brunetti and inspires him to learn more, altho the case is about to close.

The venality and corruption of Venice and Italy itself is, once again, also a character in this story. Venice is beautiful, historic and magical, but Leon sho
Mar 14, 2015 Rhialto rated it liked it
One of Leon's more boring stories, this about a woman who turned up the volume on her TV and was killed. Not much local color, nothing interesting to rescue the plot which dragged along from the beginning. Brunetti is as good a character as he always is, which is the highlight of this series. The problem with Leon's detective stories is always that there is absolutely zero factual presentation allowing the reader to participate in the solution. The perpetrator is always pulled out of a hat, leav ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Cathy rated it liked it
Brunetti's questera, police station, is the ultimate dysfunctional workplace with office politics galore. Somehow he always gets around Patta and with the help of his partner,Vianella, and Signorina Elektre and her hacking skills. Office politics together with the atmosphere of Venice and the food cooked by Brunnetti's wife for lunch and dinner make this series extremely enjoyable. But really, do police officers in Venice go home for lunch? And how can a university professor, his wife, manage he ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it
Because I want to be just like LISA!
Toni Osborne
Feb 04, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
The body of an elderly woman is found brutally murdered; the suspect is her Romanian housekeeper. The old woman's neighbour after returning from a business trip admits to helping the maid board a train and giving her a large sum of money out of pity at the time of the murder presenting a possible alibi. Commissario Guido Brunetti is the only investigator who believes this possibility and goes against the wishes of his superior to vindicate the Romanian and find the actual killer.

With the help of
Deborah Moulton
Mar 06, 2010 Deborah Moulton rated it really liked it
This book was essentially a meditation on greed and pride. One old woman's greed meets a man who has lied about his education to attain a high position. The result is blackmail and finally, murder. Brunetti makes it interesting by injecting his ruminations from his close reading of the ancient greeks about power into the case. Then he adds his examination of the seven deadly sins from his daughter's Catholic catechism books. Modern life has rendered many of the deadly sins acceptable or at least ...more
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Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Donna Leon has lived in Venice for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy, then as a Professor
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