Donna Leon's best-selling 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 vaporetto 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 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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One of the ten most boring books
Was this book a joke?
If I never bought it.
Anything but this book.
His voice as Brunelli was excellent. Can't blame the messenger for the message.
It would be a shame to rate the narrator of this book on the quality of material. Truthfully, his accent is the only thing that kept me waiting for something to actually happen. I love audible booksI love being able to listen to a good book and not noise on my trips from my home to my granddaughter in NYC, and, from my home to my home in the Hamptons. It makes the time go faster and the trip very enjoyable. Many times my husband is with me in the car and I catch him up with what's happening, and we listen together. With Earthly Remains, he'd say to me...so...and I'd say to him...damned if I know. I know he's wearing sneakers, he tied them for two minutes, I know what he had for breakfast, what's in the refrigerator, the color of his bedspread, but other than that...damned if I know. Loving Italy and especially Venice, Burano and Murano, I was sure I'd enjoy the book, but, as a literature major, I can safely say I have NEVER listened to a slower moving, more boring work than this piece of flotsam. On our last trip to the city, I got angry at my husband because he was mimicking the narrator, not so much as he was correct in his mimicry to describe something ad nauseam, but because he did it in an English accent! He's Italian, you putz, I exclaimed! We both laughedddddd! So..boring, slow moving, overly verbose...I waited faithfully for something to happen. At the last sentence, I rewound the end to see what I missed, checked my device for a problem. Must have been something! After 17 hours of listening to this dribble...it has to have a good ending...nawps. It just died, ending like a jellyfish washed up on the shore...no substance...just garbage. Run, don't walk away from this heap of sewage.