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In Earthly Remains, the 26th 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, 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 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 enduring series.
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By Gillian on 01-31-18
Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...
3-Stars ain't bad, though. It just means that it was a fairly okay listen. At first I thought, because I liked Guido so much, 4-Stars would cover it.
Then I got to thinking: Not much at all happens in the book... In over 10 hours... Sure, there's plenty of Guido, his thoughts, feelings, frustrations. But basically, most of the book is of him rowing and, oh yes! He and everybody else repeatedly sweat their brains out because the book tells us, over and over and over, how hot it is. And, oh yes again--his wife sneaked some sunscreen into his suitcase. This we know because the book tells us EXACTLY what he packed.
There's not much in the way of police procedural: one autopsy, some talking to people, but no suspects, and certainly no resolution. I got the feeling Donna Leon was bucking for a sequel, especially since in Earthly Remains our victim is just so darned likable.
And was it just me, or did David Colacci's Italian accent come off sounding like Dracula every now and again? For the most part, I appreciated that the narrative was American with the dialogue in decent Italian, but oy, those slips were a tad jarring.
So a decent listen with a great Guido, a likable Davide, and a few enticing clues thrown in along the way, just there for form's sake. Because really, there is nothing until the final minutes of the book where you just scratch your head and wonder if it's all good enough for the next D. Leon book.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 05-26-17
As always, and evocative and involving story of venetian outliers
Reading or listening to a Donna Leon novel always makes me feel like I've just spent some time in Italy. Her pacing is as eloquent as her prose. Relaxed and passionate at the same time. Beauty and decay side by side, luxury, leisure, and corruption always lurking in the background. I'm not sure how she does it but this is another winner.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful