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The new instalment in the bestselling Commissario Brunetti series.

Granted leave from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti decides to finally take a well-earned break and visit Sant’Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna.

The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the mysterious caretaker of the villa Brunetti has been staying in, goes missing following a sudden storm. Nobody can find him – not his daughter, not his friends, and not the woman he’s been secretly visiting . . .

Convinced that this was no accident, Brunetti feels compelled to set aside his holiday and discover what happened to the man who had recently become his friend.


When she's writing about her beloved Venice, Donna Leon can do no wrong. And Earthly Remains, her new mystery featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, is one of her best. It's also one of her saddest, dealing as it does with the seemingly unstoppable polluting of the great lagoon . . . Leon dares to try, once again earning the gratitude of her devoted readers.

New York Times

Donna Leon’s recreation of Venice and her depiction of the series’ core characters … is, as always in this long-running series, a triumph.

Literary Review

Leon has done for Venice what Morse did for Oxford, or Aurelio Zen for Rome … Leon is a wonderful writer, the sentences as beautifully crafted as the puparin Casati’s father had long ago built.

The Arts Desk

The latest - and 26th - instalment in the best-selling Commissario Brunetti series will not need any recommendation for those familiar with Leon’s accomplished detective series.

RTÃ? Guide

I sometimes find it difficult to review Donna Leon's books with any original comment as they are consistently good. However, this is an excellent example and as with all her other books I have read, comes highly recommended.


Donna Leon’s novels reflect the true nature of life.


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  • Paperback


    October 2, 2017


    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Falling in Love
By Its Cover
The Golden Egg
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Beastly Things
Handel's Bestiary
Drawing Conclusions
A Question of Belief
A Taste of Venice
Death in a Strange Country
About Face
The Girl of His Dreams
Suffer the Little Children
Through a Glass Darkly
Blood From A Stone
Death at La Fenice
Doctored Evidence
Uniform Justice
Wilful Behaviour
A Sea Of Troubles
Friends In High Places


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Make Me
The Girl on the Train
Don't Let Go
The Couple Next Door
The Temptation of Forgiveness
I Am Pilgrim
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Word Is Murder
The Godfather
The President is Missing
Fifty Fifty
The Girl Who Was Taken
Orphan X
The Escape Room
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