Earthly Remains, the series' 26th installment and 2017 release, allows the Commissioner to access island animals and readers to assemble Guido Brunetti menageries as derivative Donna Leon zoos for Fathers Day farmscapes.
Apartment living without domesticated animals in an island city of real pigeons and symbolic lions brings the Commissioner interactions with animals as ingredients in Venetian cuisine. Chiara, the younger of the Commissioner's two teen-aged children, considers cats, and a classmate whose family collects them as companionable pets, smelly in Death and Judgment. Commissario Guido Brunetti delights in demanding back and forth with a shop's mynah bird Ciao! Come ti stai? (Hi! How are you?) in A Noble Radiance.
Donna Leon exposes her Commissioner to Marcus Tullius Cicero's (Jan. 3, 106 B.C.-Dec. 7, 43 B.C.) private and public crimes and his animals to toxic wastes.