In Doctored Evidence Donna Leon shows us a slightly darker side to the good guys – Commissario Brunetti, Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra – but in the context of Italy’s obtuse legal system, and the power broking amidst the (absolutely not) great and the (decidedly not) good of Venice, you still root for them.
The trio become involved in a case apparently solved by arch rival, Lieutenant Scarpa – the murder of a widely disliked old lady by her immigrant maid, who was subsequently killed as she tried to flee justice. When a neighbour returns from a business course in England, however, this simple resolution unravels – on the morning of the murder, Signora Gismondi had found the maid on the street and in tears, deliberately locked out of the old lady’s flat having been told to leave without pay. Signora Gismondi not only took Florinda Ghiorghiu to the train station to travel home to Romania, but also bought her train ticket and gave Flori the 700 Euros which the pursuing police had found so incriminating….
Back home, Brunetti and his wife discuss the seven deadly sins; such themes are not included without reason.
I also like the fact that Donna Leon get her own revenge on the real life noisy neighbour whose TV set caused four summers of misery.
Publisher page: Doctored Evidence – Donna Leon