Earthly Remains

Earthly Remains

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"During an interrogation, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he quickly comes to regret, and in the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti's wife Paola ships him off to a villa owned by a wealthy 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 David Casati, the caretaker of the house, 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"--
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017
Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition
ISBN: 9780802126474
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LEON 2017
Characteristics: 308 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Aug 08, 2017

Brunetti hasn't realized how burned out he and his coworker are until he over-reacts to protect his subordinate from the power of a suspect being interviewed in the drugging death of a young girl. Brunetti ends up in the ER, where the doctor realizes he's not ill, but that his blood pressure's dangerously high from stress. She recommends a few weeks away on his own. Paola suggests he stay at an island villa of her aunt. He discovers much in common with the caretaker, Casati, who had been his late father's only friend. Every day, the two men go rowing. Then one morning, after a terrible storm, Casati's missing. Brunetti joins the search, and is the one to find him, drowned, under his capsized boat. He automatically takes pictures before police pull the body out of the water. Brunetti and his colleague Claudia interview two old work colleagues of Casati's, all 3 of whom were injured in a work accident decades before, to find out more about Casati and what happened in that accident. They don't get very far in solving the mystery, until Casati's son-in-law looks at the photos Brunetti took. A very frightening story with a surprisingly satisfying ending.

Jul 21, 2017

Just as I got into the book, it took 40% of the book to get to the crime, the book was over. The ending will be unacceptable to many, and reality to others.

Jul 19, 2017

Leon's books usually have a social theme and this one is no different--illegal toxic waste dumping. Brunetti's blood pressure is high, so he's on medical leave and goes to a small island near Venice to relax and recuperate. The grounds keeper was a friend of his father's but mysteriously disappears after a couple of weeks.

Jun 29, 2017

Slow with a plot that was tenuous at best. I skimmed which is not always a good sign.
The setting was interesting in its watery geography and the characters were in their right roles.
It just lacked oomph!

Jun 02, 2017

In the first 5 chapters, Brunetti turns into Inspector Clouseau - very odd start. The rest moves along at a relatively slow pace; I was waiting for something to happen. Mainly an essay on ecology in the region.

May 29, 2017

I did not care for this novel. I found it tedious and unsatisfying.

May 22, 2017

A most enjoyable read. I was in the right frame of mind to read about Brunetti's rowing holiday on the laguna. It was a most enjoyable time for Brunetti and his rowing buddy, and for me, too, to be out in the water, listening to the sound of the oars in the water with the sun beating down and, on occasion, hearing the sound of water fowl. Unfortunately, Brunetti returns to his detective work when his new found friend is found drowned, and that's where the mystery begins. Leon is a masterful writer knowing when to give details that are enjoyable to read, but, with other authors, would be considered "fill" that can be skipped over. The back of the covers include a map of Venice and the surrounding islands separated by the laguna where Brunetti had such an enjoyable time rowing in the small boat. Readers can use this map to follow along in the places mentioned in this novel, making the story seem real. The book is just over 300 pages - so a quick read. Enjoyable any time - on holiday or at home.

AuntJane May 15, 2017

A new Donna Leon book! Hooray! I am always so happy to get my hands on these! Another great installment - clever storyline, beautiful scenery and frightening all rolled into one. The death of bees always makes me sad, hence the frightening part of my description. Enjoy!

Apr 15, 2017

Commissario Brunetti takes leave after a stressful incident and finds rest and repose in Paola’s aunt’s villa on Sant'Erasmo, an island in the Laguna. Here he spends time with the caretaker Davide who has ties to Brunetti’s father and shares a love of rowing. When Davide turns up missing after a storm, Brunetti looks for him and seeks answers to this book’s mysteries.

'Earthly Remains' is a very introspective book, dealing as it does with the long-term health of the Laguna and its islands long polluted by the chemical industries found there. Davide is a beekeeper and his bees are dying. As he looks for answers, he must confront his past. A dark and cautionary tale in Leon’s 26th outing. I’ll always be looking for what’s next from this wonderful writer.


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