Earthly Remains

Earthly Remains

Large Print - 2017
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"Donna Leon's bestselling mystery novels have won a multitude of fans for their insider's portrayal of Venice. From family meals to vaporetti rides, the details and rhythms of everyday life are an integral part of this beloved series. But so are the never-ending influx of tourists and the suffocating corruption. Through it all, Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti, a good man who loves his family and his city, has been an enduring figure, but in Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410497864
1410497860
Characteristics: 441 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Sandee
Aug 31, 2017

I enjoyed this book very much. Most of the first half of the book is spent rowing on the laguna in hot July weather (great for summer reading, or winter reading when one wishes to be reminded of summer). The death was not unexpected, the search for the truth was interesting, and the final "reveal" made for as good an ending as one could hope for in the mystery book.

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sandfordross
Aug 28, 2017

There is no question that Donna Leon is one of the better crime writers going but this latest offering is not up to her standards. It is interesting enough but there is a feel that it has been "churned" out. Lots of loose ends and unfinished trails. To me, it is a book written to generate income with not her usual concise analysis and gradations. I truly hope her next offering will be up to her usual standards.

I think Cammilleri or Dibden would be a better offer for people exploring Italian policing, although Leons' references to Venice are always a treat.

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DorisWaggoner
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.

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rdrebit
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.

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pokano
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.

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laphampeak
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!

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randalljay
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.

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bansidthe
May 29, 2017

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

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gloryb
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!

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