Earthly Remains

(Commissario Guido Brunetti, Bk. 26). 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. Recorded Bks. Apr. 2017. ISBN 9781501941825. $77.75. digital download. F
This series entry begins at the Questura in a hilarious scene as Brunetti feigns a heart attack to save the ever faithful Pucetti from a major blunder. This "attack" earns him a leave that takes him to a different setting in a villa on Sant'Erasmo—a place of rest, reflection, and reading. Brunetti is tied to Venice in his conversations with Paola, as she is the only recurring character that has a significant role—favorites Signorina Elettra, Griffoni, Vianello and Pucetti shine in cameo roles. Then David Casati, the caretaker, goes missing after a storm, and Brunetti feels compelled to investigate. Leon's subtle humor is in evidence as is her ability to create the most somber of scenes. This work is elegantly read by David Colacci, who lends the perfect atmosphere to a beautifully done mystery.
VERDICT Leon remains at the top of her game, but those who have exhausted her repertoire may turn to the entertaining and reflective series of Andrea Camilleri, Martin Walker, Colin Cotterill, and Louise Penny. ["Longtime fans of this long-running series will find many of their favorite elements in this latest worthy entry: Venice architecture and food, rampant corruption, and a patient yet more world-weary Brunetti":LJ Xpress Reviews 3/3/17 review of the Atlantic hc.]
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