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Published by Whole
Audio Books, April 2012. ISBN: 978-1-40749-924-6
Unabridged. 14 CD’s (Approx 16.5 Hours Playing time).
Receiving a somewhat cryptic note form her Aunt
Sofia, and being unable to reach her by telephone for several days, Teresa Lupo
travels, from Rome where she is a Forensic pathologist, to Venice.Teresa is surprised that on hearing about the
strange note her mother Chiara should instantly decide to accompany her.It is February, and Venice is in the grip of carnival fever and experiencing
freezing temperatures.Arriving at Sofia apartment in the Dorsodura they find no clues to her
disappearance, nothing but mess - so where is Sofia? What has happened to her?The situation brings forth from Chiara a
startling revelation about Sofia’s
past that re-focuses Teresa’s view of her beloved Aunt – although, a painter of
mediocrity, a writer still writing the book she started some twenty years ago, she
was always vibrant and on the move, living in exotic places.Is this the real Sofia?An anonymous letter delivered to Teresa by Camilla, the girl living in
the apartment below Sofia’s, appears to be a
work of fiction but it is puzzling in that both Teresa and Sofia feature in the story, together with an
Englishman called Aitchison. The bunch of flowers accompanying the letter she assumes
are from her partner Peroni, currently on a police assignment in Sicily and out of
arrival in Venice has not gone unnoticed and she
is contacted by Alberto Tosi, a retired pathologist she had come to know on an
earlier visit to Venice*
with an invitation to be his guest at the carnival that day.The first day of the carnival is ‘The Flight
of the Angel’ and on route to the police to report her aunt missing Teresa and
Tosi become caught up in the masses of people attending the carnival, and are witness
to a death.
The Venice police are
pleasant but Teresa feels sure that with the carnival and the spectacular death
taking up much police time, little will be done to find her aunt. To whom can
she turn for help in what is becoming more puzzling by the hour, as she
receives more anonymous stories – are they from Sofia?, or the person who is
holding her? Or is Sofia
is told third person by Teresa Lupo, but also by the anonymous story teller,
who weaves a tale that may or may not be the truth.This is not just a mystery of today but takes
the reader back into the history of Venice.
I was utterly captivated by the cryptic clues in the anonymous stories that weave their own
mythical tale. The clues are all there but the interpretation needs an insight
into the history of Venice.This is a book with a surface mystery that
you want to solve, but more interestingly will invoke a need to know more of
the history that surrounds this mystery.I can only liken it to the interest I developed when I read ‘Daughter of
Time’ by Josephine Tey and ‘The King’s General’ by Daphne Du Maurier.Both had me delving deep into the history
If you have
visited Venice this book will evoke the memories of your visit, the bright
lights, the restaurant’s and gaiety, and then, turning into a square, or
sometimes a small courtyard, and hitting deep silence - tall buildings where no
lights show, the signs of poverty and neglect, and the feeling that you are maybe
being watched.If you have never visited
to the narration of this book by Juanita McMahon you will know you must go, and
soon.Juanita brings the story alive
with her incredible range of voices and added much to my enjoyment of the
Hewson has been described as one of the finest crime writers, and after listening
to this book I wholeheartedly agree.
* See The Lizard’s Bite
David Hewsonwasborn in
Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub
reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on
The Times in London,
covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He then worked
on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday
Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus
on writing fiction.He is the
bestselling author of nineteen books published in more than twenty languages.
His popular Costa contemporary crime series is now in development for a series
of movies in Rome.
For more information visit his web site http://www.davidhewson.com
Juanita McMahon is a professionally trained actress, with
experience in significant theatre, television and film productions, including
the critically-acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film
Award. She has toured Europe and North America
with many award-winning stage productions. Juanita is also an accomplished
audio book narrator, known for her powerful and moving performances.