“Bella Tyson is a famous 40-something crime writer suffering from writer’s block ever since a bitter divorce two years before. When a fan offers her the use of an apartment in Venice, Bella jumps at it, hoping a change of scene will have her writing again. Once there, she soon meets Will, a charming Englishman, who shows her around the city.
Enchanted by both Will and her new surroundings, Bella decides to write a supernatural murder mystery and begins researching local legends and the city’s more sinister side, including an illicit visit to the island of Poveglia, spooky former home of Venice’s asylum. Soon Bella uncovers more than she has bargained for and finds herself enmeshed in a series of gruesome real-life murders that uncannily mirror the legends she is researching.
As she and Will join forces to investigate, real life and local lore merge disconcertingly – for nothing in Venice turns out to be what seems, including Will….”
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have not laughed so much from the get to at a book for a very long time.
I loved the two lead character Bella, quirky and so believable and Will cloaked in mystery, but as the story is told I enjoyed learning more about him.
The different genres all contained within the one story was inspired, the subtle mix of romance,supernatural, crime and mystery.
The incidental characters were just as important and well written as the main ones.
I found this story beautifully weaved like a fine tapestry with a thread that starts bright and gets darker with time.
The narrator for this fantastic tale is Deryn Edwards a new narrator to my ears, but one I definitely want to hear more from her.
This is one of my favourite listens of 2018, and I eagerly await my next listen from Fiona Leitch and Deryn Edwards.
So if you want a great story and an easy listen, then I highly recommend this.
You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Venice-Crime-Grant-Finalist/dp/B07FPQ8KND
Here is the lady herself.