When an elderly Venetian widow is found dead at home initial indications suggest a heart attack as the cause – but Brunetti is puzzled by bruises around her collar bones and by multipacks of different sized underwear and hotel-like bathroom supplies.
His investigation leads him to one of Venice’s most expensive and well regarded old people’s homes where Signora Altavilla spent time listening to residents’ stories and concerns, and to Alba Libera, a locally founded charity for abused women on the run.
Calling upon the assistance of the Questra’s computer wizard, Signora Elettra, Commissario Brunetti reflects yet again on his own moral and legal transgressions in the name of justice.
Author website: Donna Leon
Publisher page: Drawing Conclusions – Donna Leon