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Doctored Evidence (Commissario Brunetti #13)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,600 ratings  ·  161 reviews
As Donna Leonas 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 ap ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2004)
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Maria João Fernandes
"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
Joyce Lagow
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 acc ...more
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Good read but not my favorite. But life without a Donna Leon mystery to look forward to will be a sad day for me.
Because I want to be just like LISA!
Toni Osborne
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
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
Gypsy Lady
322 page edition

Page 61
She had to consider only for a moment to realize that such a sum of money passing through a series of public offices and officials had as much change of survival as would an ice cube passed form hand to hand on the beach at the Lido.

Page 116
Brunetti had often thought that it was convenient that there should be one (Deadly Sin) for each day of the week, but he kept this thought to himself for the moment.

Page 160
I’ve seen enough sick people to know that what’s wrong with the
I think I should finally confess: I'm reading Donna Leon's Inspector Guido Brunetti books almost entirely for the food. Leon clearly lives and eats in Italy at least part of the time, because her characters eat there all of the time. The book is at its most recognizably Italian when Inspector Brunetti is contemplating his meals -- and neither he, nor Leon, ever miss a single one.

That makes the action go a bit slower, sometimes, but it also makes this a book that couldn't exist on American soil -
Leon always begins her Venetian crime story with a twist--the first scene doesn't occur in Venice or a character the reader has come to know behaves out of character, or the lazy, vindictive Scarpa is first in on a murder scene, ready to close the file with a slam dunk, as is the case in Doctored Evidence. An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment,with her head bashed in and the place a mess. Scarpa is ready to pin the murder on Florinda Ghourghiu, the Roumanian housekeeper who later dies ...more
Amy Hannon
I have just discovered the author Donna Leon, writer of a whole series of Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries. I don't usually enjoy female mystery authors but I loved this one. For one it was a relief to plunge into a good mystery without overwhelming violence throughout the book. Postively it was an absolute delight being immersed in the atmosphere of Venice where the stories take place. You feel its weathers, the resentment of old timers at newcomers and the annual waves of tourists, the nee ...more
Jennifer Blake
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
This is the thirteenth book in Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery series. I seem to be reading them in reverse order. As I read each book I get a better insight into both Leon’s writing style and the fictional personalities of Commisario Brunetti and his fellow characters.

Doctored Evidence, as with the other Donna Leon mysteries I have read does not hit you over the head with climactic scene after scene as many thriller writers try to do. Leon writes delicately and intellectually.
“Doctored Evidence” is the 13th book in Donna Leon’s mystery/crime series featuring the ever-wonderful Commissario Guido Brunetti.

Jacket notes: “Nobody mourns Maria Grazia Battestini, the cantankerous elderly woman found battered to death in her Venice apartment: not the remnants of her family, not her doctor, lawyer or priest. 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
While Commissario Guido Brunetti is away on vacation, an elderly woman is brutally murdered in her apartment, struck down several times with a statuette. It was presumed that her foreign maid killed her and stole some money, as she fled the police and was subsequently killed herself when they chased her and she tripped on a train track in front of an oncoming train.

When Guido returns, one of the murdered woman's neighbors returns from her own time abroad and reads the stories about the dead wom
I read mysteries to relax, but I have narrow standards for what I like, so I'm always hoping I'll stumble on a new series I actually like and that my local library actually carries. I picked this book up somewhat at random, and really enjoyed it. Donna Leon meets my core criteria: well-written, not too violent or dark, likable characters. I could be wrong - I'm only halfway through my second Leon - but I feel like I trust her not to do anything terrible to a main character's kids, or anything li ...more
I have long loved Donna Leon for the insider view of Italian life that she gives via Commissario Brunetti & his emsemble players at the Commisariat di Polizia, as well as his well-rendered home life. The plots are always imaginative, but reassuringly earth-bound and it is the characters and Italian life that shine. (I also love it that his wife always has her head in a book, when she's not cooking for him or his kids. Fellow-feeling!!) In this one, a coroner's report is cooked instead and it ...more
Katie Rekowski
Commissario Brunetti Venetian Mystery #13. 2004. Read by David Colacci. Brunetti tries solely to prove the innocence of a Romanian housekeeper. The initial investigation jumps quickly to the conclusion that she killed her employer. She does in the police chase. He has to work against the establishment for her case to be proven otherwise. Enjoy the Italian aspects of the story.
This book was recommended by "World" Magazine. It's a book set in present-day Venice, Italy about a detective inspector and his awesome crime-solving abilities. The plot here is that an old, miserly woman is murdered. The inspector is on the case! He and his family seem like nice people that could actually exist in real life. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the city of Venice. She's a good writer, I know, but...maybe I'm just dumb or something, but the book went a little too slow for me. I kn ...more
Marianna Monaco
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 surprisingly, there is a Brunetti cookbook, published in 2010.

DVD series - episode 9
wonderful shots of Venice - good typecasting of Brunetti - in German, English subtitles
I have read several Donna Leon mysteries featuring Commissario Brunetti. I always enjoy the stories. I liked "Doctored Evidence" too. In this book, I thought Commissario Brunetti was a little out of character, showing a mean streak. I guess everyone, even fictional characters, have a bad day or two. Also, the author seemed more negative on Italian government than in her previous books.
Seven deadly sins, seven motives for murder! So rage... not anger, is the reason for murder! Characters and 'polisi' working seems similar to most of the countries accept the author doesn't make it look all cool and polished like many of the crime serials in the TV!
Overall, good, simple book!
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 the Italian words throughout the novel gave it a very distinctive feel. I don't read detectives often. but this one was very enjoyable.

Leon has managed to leave me guessing about the murderer for almost the entire book, which I enjoyed. There wasn't much action, though, and the ending was somewhat u
More like a domestic type of mystery for this mellow yet oppressive plot. Leon succeeded in taking a prosaic, down to earth, petty motive and transforming it into a commentary on the human psyche. Not bad for a mystery series novel. So it's the height of summer and when Brunetti comes back from vacationing with his family, he finds a case that Scarpa has almost closed but ends up being a bone of contention between them. Scarpa, the villain of the series is more present in this novel than just be ...more
Felix Hayman
I admit to loving Donna Leon's novels but there is a real problem emerging in her writing.It is almost as if she has discovered the "Brunetti formula" and she is now using it to guide the procedurals in her novels, which leads to over-formal plots and much less flexibility in her writing.Brunetti's character has receded into a bit of an automaton and even his banter with Signora Eleterra is now structured around her skill at computers and his rather stereotyped reactions.However, this isn't a ba ...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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Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1) Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti, #2) Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, #5) Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3) A Noble Radiance (Commissario Brunetti, #7)

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