Commissario Brunetti is visited by Maria Testa, who he knows better as Suor’Immacolata of the Order of the Sacred Cross and the care home where Brunetti’s mother lives. The former nun has walked out of the care home and abandoned the church in response her Mother Superior’s surprising reaction to the – to Maria Testa – suspicious deaths of five wealthy, elderly residents/patients.
Back home, Brunetti finds himself questioning his own views on the Roman Catholic church when his children reveal Padre Luciano, the school’s religious instructor and confessor, is well known amongst his teenage charges for requiring sexually explicit confessions and “saying nasty things”.
And then Maria Testa is the victim of a hit and run accident….
Author Website: Donna Leon
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