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Earthly Remains

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

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Donna Leon’s bestselling mystery novels set in Venice have won a multitude of fans for their insider’s portrayal of La Serenissima. From family meals to coffee bars, and from vaporetti rides to the homes and apartments of Venetians, the details and rhythms of everyday life are an integral part of this beloved series. But so are the suffocating corruption, the never-ending influx of tourists, and crimes big and small. Through it all, Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti has been an enduring figure. A good man who loves his family and his city, Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice.

In Earthly Remains, the twenty-sixth novel in this series, Brunetti’s endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

When Brunetti is granted leave from the Questura, his wife, Paola, suggests he stay at the villa of a relative on Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny’s Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house on Sant’Erasmo, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend.

Earthly Remains is quintessential Donna Leon, a powerful addition to this celebrated series.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 13, 2017 – Bestseller Leon's enticing 26th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery (after 2016's The Waters of Eternal Youth) finds the Venetian policeman at headquarters one hot July day, questioning an arrogant lawyer accused of drugging a young woman he met at a party who subsequently died. When Brunetti has a heart seizure during this contentious interview, he winds up in the hospital. Prescribed complete rest, he later takes his wife's suggestion of staying at a villa on a sparsely inhabited island in the Venetian Lagoon. There he befriends Davide Casati, the villa's caretaker and a keeper of bees, some of which are mysteriously dying. Then, during a fierce storm, Davide disappears. Brunetti undertakes a search that leads to the discovery of his friend's body and boat. Was Davide's death an accident? He had been grief stricken since his wife's death, Brunetti learns, and recently remorseful over the demise of his beloved bees. Along the way to the poignant ending, Brunetti develops insights into nature and humankind's failure to protect it, as well as the nature of guilt and its role in a man's life.

Customer Reviews

Earthly Remains

This is the best book that Donna Leon has written.It is beautifully done and heartrenching.

A dance for answers

“Do you think some of the things we do can never be forgiven?”

In this, the 26th book in Donna Leon’s Commisario Brunetti series, Guido does something to stop another officer from doing something without thinking, the end of which allows him a chance to admit he’s tired of “fixing” things and he wants to run away.He accepts the offer to go stay at a villa owned by a relative of his wife’s, to have a good rest among his history books.

Arriving at the villa, he makes friends with a former compatriot of his father, and, through him, learns to see bees in a different way while getting in some R+R. After a terrible storm, they find his friend, David’s, drown in the LaGuardia and Guido takes on the case of the death of his friend, not knowing the extent of the whole situation.

In Commissaro Brunetti, Leo has developed an educated, intelligent character over the 25 prior books, and this one is no different. From a private situation, she reminds us of the idea that things, and people are strangely connected. This may be my first Donna Leon book, but I don’t believe it will be my last. 4/5

Earthly Remains
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 04, 2017
  • Publisher: Grove Atlantic
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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