The Medici Murders
by David Hewson
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Pub Date 4 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2022
The first in a brand-new mystery series from the acclaimed author ofThe Killing and Devil’s Fjord.
‘Serious history buffs are in for a treat’ –Kirkus Reviews
Venice is a city full of secrets. For hundreds of years it has been the scene of scandal, intrigue and murderous rivalries. And it remains so today.
1548, Lorenzino de Medici, himself a murderer and a man few will miss, is assassinated by two hired killers.
Today, Marmaduke Godolphin, British TV historian and a man even fewer will miss, is stabbed by a stiletto blade on the exact same spot, his body dropping into the canal.
Can the story of the first murder explain the attack on Godolphin? The Carabinieri certainly think so. They recruit retired archivist Arnold Glover to unpick the mystery and to help solve the case. But the conspiracy against Godolphin runs deeper than anyone imagined.
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You just soak up the atmosphere of Venice like a sponge in this start of a new series. The history of the city brings a mystery in the murder of a member of the De Medici family. The solving of this mystery will draw in a new murder in present time of British TV Historian Marmaduke Godolphin. The local Carabinieri and you the reader will find all the answers you need in the recounting of that night by retired archivist Arnold Glover. For lovers of the history of Venice combined with a mystery with many complicated suspects will leave you very happily engrossed for a few hours. Characters you will wish to revisit in the next story.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The first in a new series - A Venetian Mystery- and the reader is transported to the canals of Venice through two timelines as a present day murder and a murder from 1548 draw disturbing parallels. A richly woven murder mystery combines with an equally rich history of Venice and a cast of impeccably drawn characters providing a wholly satisfying and immersive reading experience.
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