REVIEW · Earthly remains


Earthly remains

REVIEW Earthly remains

Donna Leon 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. Earthly Remains the 26th novel in Donna Leon's Commissario Guido Brunetti Series was a bit of a disappointmentI have been a fan of this series since I read the 1st book years ago and Commissario Guido Brunetti has become one of my favorite book characters and of course the way that the author portrays the everyday life of VeniceThe story starts off really slownothing really happens for the first 100 or so pages Brunetti has taken leave and is staying at his wife's family villa in one of the many islands in the laguna He spends his days eating sleeping reading and rowing Davide Casati the caretaker of the villa who also happens to have been a rowing friend of Brunetti's father goes missing during a storm His body is recovered and it becomes apparent that there is something sinister what seems like he had committed suicideBrunetti then spends his supposedly rest time trying to find out the mystery of his friend's deathCorruption poisoning of the Venice waters secrets and of course Brunetti's uest for finding the truth and justice for the crimes committedThe ending was so abrupt I was left thinkingis that itI think I may just take a break from this series The last two or three books have lacked the lustre I found in the start of the seriesHowever if you are a fan of this series then I suppose you should read this one

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And his city has been an enduring figure but in Earthly Remains Brunetti’s endurance is tested than ever before During an interrogation Brunetti acts rashly doing something he uickly comes to regret and in the fallout he realizes that he needs a breakGranted leave from the uestura Brunetti’s wife Paola ships him off to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant’Erasmo one of the l. 35 starsThis is book 26 in the Guido Brunetti series Brunetti is a Commissario Police officer in Venice Italy He takes a medical leave of absence after faking a heart attack in order to stop a subordinate from attacking a suspect during an interview His wife arranges for him to spend two weeks at a villa owned by one of her wealthy relatives He becomes friends with Davide Casati the caretaker of the villa Casati and Brunetti's father were rowing partners many years ago and he and Brunetti start rowing every day in the canals around Venice But then Casati goes missing and his daughter asks Brunetti for help Brunetti does find his body and starts an informal investigation What he finds leads him to a long ago explosion at a chemical plant and some buried secrets I found the ending to be somewhat unsatisfactory but perhaps realistic given a certain amount of corruption in Italy Brunetti is an honest dedicated police officer experienced in the ways of navigating through bureaucracy and being told to stop investigating sensitive matters Some uotes Brunetti urban to his marrow was incapable of distinguishing the scent of one flower from another but the scent pleased himAfter a long time he went back into the house to prepare his solitary dinner well solitary save for the company of Gaius Plinius Secundus dead for nearly two thousand millennia but very much present to BrunettiThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this book God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater goes missing and his daughter asks Brunetti for help Brunetti does find his body and starts an informal investigation What he finds leads him to a long ago explosion at a chemical plant and some buried secrets I found the ending to be somewhat unsatisfactory but perhaps realistic The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight given a certain amount of corruption in Italy Brunetti is an honest dedicated police officer experienced in the ways of navigating through bureaucracy and being told to stop investigating sensitive matters Some uotes Brunetti urban to his marrow was incapable of distinguishing the scent of one flower from another but the scent pleased himAfter a long time he went back into the house to prepare his solitary dinner well solitary save for the company of Gaius Plinius Secundus dead for nearly two thousand millennia but very much present to BrunettiThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this book

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Argest 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. For some reason I cannot fathom Marilyn Stasio raved about Earthly Remains Stasio has been editing a column on crime fiction for the New York Times Book Review—forever it seems Her recommendations are often good But this one wasn’t She called this novel the 26th in Donna Leon’s long running Commissario Brunetti series “one of her best” I don’t agreeThough there is a mystery underlying the action in Earthly Remains it doesn’t even begin to surface until one third of the way into the novel And the investigation undertaken by Commissario Brunetti isn’t undertaken in earnest until than two thirds of the wayMany of Leon’s signature themes are prominent in this curious book She rhapsodizes about Venice the surrounding communities and the Laguna Veneta the extension of the Adriatic Sea on which the islands of the city are located In Earthly Remains the romance of the Laguna comes in for special praise Predictably too the corruption rampant in Italian society emerges clearly in the story Brunetti’s boss Vice uestore Patta is as always obseuious with authority and disdainful of those who report to him If anyone in a position of power in Venice is under investigation by Brunetti or his colleagues Patta will surely intervene in the suspect’s favor And once the plot of the novel finally becomes clear Leon spotlights the illegal activity that has helped to poison the Laguna and surrounding territory In Donna Leon’s Italy corruption engulfs business as well as government the police and the ChurchOne of Leon’s bad writing habits is to describe action in excruciating detail I have no idea whether she picked up the habit writing for magazines that pay by the word but Earthly Remains and many of her other novels read that way Here’s a representative example from one of the first pages in the novel “Brunetti had apologized for the heat in the room explaining that the ongoing heatwave had forced the uestura to choose between using its reduced supply of energy for the computers or for air conditioning and had chosen the former Ruggieri had been gracious and had said only that he’d remove his jacket if he might Brunetti who kept his jacket on had begun by making it amply clear ” That was 68 words How many words do you think El Leonard might have used to convey the essential information in that passage In fact is there any essential information thereIf you are a die hard Donna Leon fan you might want to read Earthly Remains If you’re not be forewarned not a lot happens in this novel It’s very slow going

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