Earthly Remains

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon has Commisario Brunetti taking a forced respite from policing in Venice. He heads to an island in the lagoon where he takes up rowing with the resident elder, who is also a beekeeper. Something is killing the bees, and the past holds secrets that can kill. The prose is as perfect as ever and the slow unfolding of the mystery is tantalizing. Brunetti’s ruminations on some of the bigger questions about life are, as always, worthwhile.