By Donna Leon

When the physique of an prosperous aged girl is located, brutally murdered in her Venetian flat, the police suspect her maid, who has disappeared. because the runaway maid's educate is leaving Italy for Romania, she is approached by way of the border police, runs away, and is killed as she crosses the tracks in entrance of an oncoming teach. She has a substantial amount of money on her and her papers are patently pretend. Case closed. but if the previous woman's neighbor returns from a work trip in London, it turns into transparent that the maid couldn't have dedicated the crime. Commissario Guido Brunetti makes a decision - unofficially - to take the case on himself. As Brunetti learns extra of the victim's undesirable personality, it seems that the crime will not be inspired by way of greed after all.

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I suggest, the mail is meant to be deepest. ’ He pulled out his warrant card and held it out for her to envision. ‘Yes, Signorina, it truly is, yet in a case like this, the place the individual is lifeless, you could talk about it. ’ He didn’t are looking to overplay his hand and recommend that she used to be obliged to; in addition to, he wasn’t yes if he might strength her to talk to him and not using a courtroom order. She selected to think him. ‘Yes, I took her the issues from the banks, each month. and that i was once on that direction for 3 years. ’ ‘Did you carry the rest? ’ ‘To her? No, probably not. sometimes a letter or a card. And the accounts. ’ caused by way of her query, he requested, ‘And to the son? ’ She shot him a worried look yet stated not anything. Brunetti waited. ultimately she acknowledged, ‘Bills, normally. and occasionally letters. ’ After a really lengthy pause, she additional, ‘And magazines. ’ Sensing her growing to be uneasiness, he requested, ‘Was there whatever strange concerning the magazines, Signorina? Or concerning the letters? ’ She glanced round the great open corridor, moved a section to the left to take them farther clear of a guy who was once creating a cellphone name from the pay cell close to the doorway, and acknowledged, ‘I imagine they have been approximately boys. ’ This time there has been no mistaking her anxiety: the blush set her face aflame. ‘Boys? Do you suggest little boys? ’ She began to communicate yet then checked out her toes. From his higher peak, he observed the head of her head shake in gradual negation. He made up our minds to attend for her to provide an explanation for yet then discovered it might be more straightforward for her to reply to whereas she was once now not him. ‘Young boys, Signorina? ’ This time her head nodded up and down in confirmation. He desired to make certain. ‘Adolescents? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘May I ask the way you understand this, Signorina? ’ in the beginning he idea she wouldn’t solution yet ultimately she stated, ‘One day it rained, and my bag wasn’t thoroughly below my slicker, so while I bought to the home their mail was once rainy: the issues at the most sensible, that's. whilst I pulled it out of the bag, the canopy got here off the journal and it fell directly to the floor. I picked it up, and while I did, it opened and that i observed a photograph of a boy. ’ She seemed firmly on the flooring among their ft, refusing to examine him whilst she spoke. ‘I have a bit brother who was once fourteen then, and that’s what he seemed like. ’ She stopped, and he knew there has been no feel in asking her to explain the image extra. ‘What did you do, Signorina? ’ ‘I placed the journal within the rubbish. He by no means requested approximately it. ’ ‘And the subsequent month, whilst it got here back? ’ ‘I placed that during the rubbish, too, and the subsequent one. after which they stopped coming, so i assume he knew what i used to be doing. ’ ‘Was there in simple terms the single journal, Signorina? ’ ‘Yes, yet there have been envelopes, too. the sort with “Photo” at the open air, telling you to not bend them. ’ ‘What did you do with them? ’ ‘After I observed the journal, I continually bent them earlier than I driven them into the letterbox,’ she stated, anger mingled with satisfaction. He may possibly examine not more questions, yet she acknowledged, ‘Then he died, and after some time the mail stopped coming. ’ Brunetti positioned out his hand.

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