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Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
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Earthly Remains (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Donna Leon (Author)

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A different take on Brunetti. In this episode, GUido is sent off to one of the outer islands to take a break from policing. His blood pressure is too high, he's depressed and he just needs to drop out. As usual, trouble follows and Leon weaves a beautiful picture of the outer lagoon, the encroaching environmental problems the area is experiencing, and Brunetti's impossible to overcome gallantry and goodness. ( )
  tututhefirst | Apr 28, 2019 |
I will compare the first half of this book to the film Ulee's Gold, complete with the bees = snooze. I suppose that is the point since inspector Brunetti is supposed to be relaxing. The second half picks up when a case to solve enters the picture. I made it to the end but I thought the author spent too long setting the stage. Venice is a main hallmark of this series so in that sense, I guess the book succeeds. Not one of the best for me. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Mar 21, 2019 |
I liked this book very much until I turned a page and discovered that was the end. It was very abrupt and left many questions unanswered. I’d think that somehow my e-copy is missing the last couple of chapters, except that others have commented on the ending. I guess the author was under a deadline and couldn’t take the time to write an ending. Disappointing. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Commissario Guido Brunetti is compassionate, well-educated, and gentle. When he acts impulsively to protect a fellow officer from making a costly mistake, Brunetti sets in motion a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences. First, he is told to take a two-week leave from his job at the Questura. His wife makes arrangements for him to stay at a villa on the island of Sant'Erasmo. While there, he will have little to do except read and enjoy nature's beauty. The caretaker, Davide Casati, is an old friend of Brunetti's late father; Davide and Guido spend time rowing, swimming, and slowly getting to know one another. Casati is reserved and often despondent, still grief-stricken over the death of his much-younger wife, Franca, four years earlier. At least, he has his beehives to tend; he is passionate about beekeeping. However, when Casati notices that some of his bees have begun to die, he decides to run tests to find out what may be killing them.

"Earthly Remains," by Donna Leon, begins slowly but steadily picks up steam, especially in the second half. We enjoy spending leisurely days and nights with Brunetti as he reacquaints himself with his beloved books (he is a big fan of Pliny and other ancient writers), gazing at beautiful sunsets, and engaging in vigorous exercise. When a tragic and deeply shocking event interrupts Brunetti's vacation, he enlists the help of the always accommodating Signorina Elletra (whom he depends upon for her incredible ability to ferret out information) and, along with his fellow detectives, Claudia Griffoni and Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, launches an investigation that will uncover dark and dangerous secrets that have been hidden for decades.

Leon's brings her central characters to life against the backdrop of the sights and sounds of Venice and its surrounding islands. Davide Casati is a tormented man whose past transgressions give him no peace; Brunetti's conscience will not rest until he gets to the bottom of a complex case that he believes it is his duty to solve; and Guido's colleagues, Griffoni and Vianello, help Brunetti immensely by using subtle psychological ploys to get witnesses to speak freely. The author goes far beyond the standard mystery formula when she raises questions about why people harm, not just one another, but our environment, as well. "Earthly Remains" is an excellent vehicle for Guido Brunetti, whose wisdom and tenacity impel him to dig deeply for truths that have long been buried under a mountain of lies. ( )
  booklover915 | Feb 5, 2019 |
Synopsis: Brunetti needs a break so he stays in a house on an island. He meets one of his father's best friends and goes rowing with him. After a particularly bad storm, the man is found drowned. Brunetti must decide if his death is accidental, suicide, or murder.
Review: I knew this had to end badly and it did. The story brings in the pollution of the lagoon by big business. ( )
  DrLed | Dec 19, 2018 |
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Epigraph
E spendern col Fiume
e in seno accolti
Filmar ci avrà
pria che risorga il giorno

Der Fluss wird uns
mit sich tragen
und ins Meer befördern, 
noch ehe der Tag beginnt.

Georg Friedrich Händel, Ottone
We'll go down with the stream, and the sea
Will have us before the day dawns.
     - Handel, Ottone, Act 2, Scene 9
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Für die Gerechtigkeit
Für Ruth Bader Ginsburg
For Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Nach einer sehr zuvorkommenden Begrüßung zog sich die Befragung an diesem Morgen nun schon eine ganze Weile in die Länge, und Brunetti empfand das allmählich als quälend.
After an exchange of courtesies, the session had gone on for another half-hour, and Brunetti was beginning to feel the strain of it.
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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, 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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"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"--… (more)

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