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Earthly remains Free download Ü 102 é ❮Epub❯ ➡ Earthly remains ➠ Author Donna Leon – 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 integr Donna LeDonna 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. I’ve been reading Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti series for close to twenty years At first it was my love of Venice that drew me to the books Brunetti is a Commissario of Police based in the The Floating City – and the descriptions of life and death in this uniue environment have brought me back time and again The nuances and customs of this city feel to me uite different to anything I've come across anywhere else The very absence of roads make the whole place a maze that only the locals can effectively navigate Mix into this the natural suspicion Italians have for all government bureaucracy and the tendency for native Venetians to always know somebody who knows somebody and the way has been paved for readers to enjoy not just a series of crime stories but an ongoing commentary on the lives of people who live in this wonderful place The cast is always kept small and the main players are ever present From Guido’s pompous boss Vice uestore Patta and his ever inventive and effective assistant Signirina Electra to Brunetti’s friend and colleague Lorenzo Vianello I’ve grown to love each and every one of them over the years I’ve also grown up with Brunetti’s family a university professor wife and two children ageing at the same rate as me as I’ve waited each Spring for the next episodeIn this book the involvement of some of the cast has been limited in fact it’s been pared back to focus mainly on Brunetti’s involvement with one man and the mysteries and tragedies that he uncovers as a result After a strange incident when uestioning a suspect in a drug related matter our lead man finds himself in the local hospital wondering if his job is something he's prepared to continue to countenance from this point on As it happens he's given the opportunity to withdraw to a small seemingly idyllic island situated in the Venetian Laguna for a period This is crime fiction so obviously there is a crime but as is often the case in these books it takes uite a while for an incident to manifest I've always thought that the crime itself is a secondary element in these books – Venetian life and the descriptions of the daily struggles worries and challenges its people face is the primary reason I’ll always come back to this series That and the people who have begun to feel like old friends friends I wouldn't want to be absent from my life The crime element here is typically tragic and points to bigger localised issues Brunetti is an intelligent and thoughtful investigator highly skilled in uestioning suspects and witnesses Don't expect this story to rush ahead with much shooting of guns and manic chases around the city's canals that’s not the nature of these books But do expect thoughtful reflection and a dawning realisation that something bigger may be at play Seasoned readers of these books will know that endings are not always neat and tidy – something I really like Whether you’re an existing fan of this author or if you’re a crime fiction fan looking for something a little different I think you’ll find plenty to like hereMy thanks to a Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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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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Earthly remainsAnd 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. This is a uniue look at Guido Brunetti the man rather than Commissario Guido Brunetti He is not sure that he wants to be a policeman any longer Most of this book is devoted to the break he needs for restoration No wife and children no uestorie just him in an isolated country villa Guido becomes friends with an older man who used to row with his father Together they begin rowing around the laguna The older man keeps bees in various areas around the laguna but his bees are dying and the toll of dumping toxic waste into the laguna rears its ugly head We then find that this man aided in this illegal dumping in his younger days never thinking of the conseuences He loses his beloved wife to a rare form of cancer and now his bees The guilt hangs heavy on this manSoon Guido Brunetti is forced to resume his role of Commissario Guido Brunetti to get to the bottom of what really happened To do so he is forced to look into the shadowy past of the company this new found friend once worked forThis book is a welcome departure from Donna Leon's usual Guido Brunetti although I still enjoy the usual storiesThis is a book for our times What we have done and continue to do to the earth is heartbreaking