The Medici Murders
by David Hewson

The first in a brand-new mystery series from the acclaimed author of The 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 Clover to unpick the mystery and to help solve the case. But the conspiracy against Godolphin runs deeper than anyone imagined.


“An elaborately detailed historical series, heavy with Venetian atmosphere”

Library Journal

“Fans of Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti, Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen and Henry James’s The Aspern Papers will love it”

The Times

“Serious history buffs are in for a treat”

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] character-rich, history-drenched reading experience”


“Hewson educates and entertains in equal measure”

Publishers Weekly

“Hewson writes with both power and grace, and is a true master of his craft

Craig Russell, author of The Devil Aspect, on The Garden of Angels

“Vivid and compelling. At once a richly wrought thriller, a love story and a warning that spans decades. I was thinking about this book for days after I'd closed it”

Sarah Pinborough, No 1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, on The Garden of Angels

“In The Garden of Angels, not only do we explore Hewson's characters over three generations of life-changing circumstances, but also the city of Venice, equally 'in extremis'. It awakens the senses and opens the heart”

Richard Armitage, Olivier-award winning actor (and narrator of the audiobook)

“Full of layers, like a Russian nesting doll . . . A good read for those who love their World War II thrillers with a bit of history included. Followers of Donna Leon’s “Commissario Brunetti” mysteries may appreciate the atmosphere and the intrigue”

Library Journal on The Garden of Angels

“Readers will be gripped and hold fast until the shocking end. Hewson’s fans will look forward to the next installment”

Publishers Weekly on Devil's Fjord

David Hewson

David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than thirty novels, including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages, his Amsterdam-based series featuring detective Pieter Vos and the brand-new Venetian mystery series. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.@david_hewson |

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The Medici Murders by David Hewson is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483065654th October 2022142 X 223mm288$29.99
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