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When a wealthy Venetian woman is found brutally murdered, the prime suspect is her Romanian maid, who has fled the city. As she attempts to leave the country, carrying a considerable sum of money and forged papers, the maid runs into the path of an oncoming train and is killed. Case closed. But when the old woman's neighbour returns from abroad, it transpires that the maid could not have been the killer.

Commissario Brunetti decides - unofficially - to take on the case himself. As Brunetti investigates, it becomes clear that the motive for the murder was unlikely to have been greed; rather, that it had its roots in the temptations of lust. But perhaps Brunetti is thinking of the wrong deadly sin altogether.

©2005 Donna Leon (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • Chris Kelly
  • 03-11-17

Enjoyable listening

I like Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti stories. The stories jog along at an enjoyable pace. The stories are interesting and on the whole mostly believable. I like his family. The books I have had read are free of bad language.
Colacci is an exceptional reader. The myriad different voices that he carries off, with their gentle Italian accents. He reads at just the right speed.
All in all a lovely listen.

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  • A. Lazarsfeld Jensen
  • 02-01-16

Too hard

This was difficult for me to follow due to the Italian names creating character confusion