Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers for her award winning Brunetti series, and we are proud to welcome her to Ely to celebrate her latest book, Earthly Remains. In need of a break from the Questura, Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house, goes missing following a sudden storm. Nobody can find him – not his daughter, not his friends, and not the woman he’d been secretly visiting, and Brunetti feels compelled to set aside his holiday and discover what happened to the man who had recently become his friend. The details and rhythms of everyday Venetian life are at the core of this thrilling novel, and of the terrible crime at its heart.