Grove Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

Earthly Remains

A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

by Donna Leon

In the latest novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Brunetti’s retreat to a quiet island in the laguna is interrupted by a case of guilt and grief.

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 336
  • Publication Date March 20, 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2772-3
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 320
  • Publication Date April 04, 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2647-4
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $25.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date April 04, 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-8945-5
  • US List Price $25.00

About The Book

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, suggests he stay at the villa of a 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 celebrated series.


“Leon’s multifaceted portrait of a man overburdened with human tragedy emerges forcefully here, as the lagoon itself, beautiful on the surface but containing the seeds of its own destruction, stands as a gripping metaphor for the bad choices and intractable dilemmas that infect us all . . . Leon[‘s] . . . novels, with their unparalleled evocation of landscape and sensitivity to character, have attracted an audience that encompasses fiction readers of all kinds.” mdash;Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)

“A vacation for your own soul.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bestseller Leon’s enticing 26th Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery . . . Along the way to the poignant ending, Brunetti develops insights into nature and humankind’s failure to protect it, as well as the nature of guilt and its role in a man’s life.” —Publishers Weekly


“We work in a profession that has consequences on the heart,” Signorina Elettra observed deadpan and then asked, “What happens now?”

“I’m going to take the weeks of medical leave the doctor gave me,” Brunetti said, aware that each time he said it he was more fully persuaded that it was the right—even the necessary—thing to do.

“And do what?” she inquired.

“Nothing. Read. Go to bed early. Get some exercise.” He’d added this last when he remembered that Paola had said there might be a boat at the house on Sant”Erasmo. Two weeks of rowing was nothing, he knew, but perhaps it would begin to get him back into shape. Even as he thought this, Brunetti knew he would not persist in any routine of rowing once he left the island, but it made him feel better to tell himself that he wanted to.

“Is there anything really wrong with you?” Signorina Elettra asked.

“I hope not,” was Brunetti’s cheerful reply.