Originally published in 1997, this mystery delves into the role and relationship of church and state in Italy. Brunetti, a police official in Venice, is visited by a young woman who has recently left the convent. She had worked at the nursing home where Brunetti’s mother is a patient and she is convinced that the recent deaths of several patients were not natural. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, are also troubled at home by the difficulties their smart, studious 12 year old daughter is having in her religious instruction class at school, a compulsory subject with an opt-out provision. When Brunetti looks into the background of the teacher, Padre Luciano, he is disturbed by what he finds. As usual in this well written series (this is the sixth installment), this plot probes for answers that are painted not in black and white but in shades of gray.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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