The Darkest Sin
*Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger 2023*
Set in Renaissance Florence, The Darkest Sin is an atmospheric historical thriller by D. V. Bishop and is the sequel to City of Vengeance.
'He is fast becoming a serious rival to C. J. Sansom and S. J. Parris . . . Highly recommended' – Historical Novel Society
Florence. Spring, 1537.
When Cesare Aldo investigates a report of intruders at a convent in the Renaissance city’s northern quarter, he enters a community divided by bitter rivalries and harbouring dark secrets.
When a man’s body is found deep inside the convent, stabbed more than two dozen times, the case becomes even more complicated. Unthinkable as it seems, all the evidence suggests one of the nuns must be the killer.
Meanwhile, Constable Carlo Strocchi finds human remains pulled from the River Arno that belong to an officer of the law missing since winter. The dead man had many enemies, but who would dare kill an official of the city’s most feared criminal court?
As Aldo and Strocchi close in on the truth, identifying the killers will prove more treacherous than either of them could ever have imagined . . .
A great insight into Renaissance Florence. What I love about these books is the seamless weaving of factual history with a great story
Abir Mukherjee, bestselling author of the Wyndham & Banerjee series
He is fast becoming a serious rival to C. J. Sansom and S. J. Parris with his page-turning novels. Highly recommended
Historical Novel Society
Pretty much everything I want in an historical thriller - an absolutely terrific read, in a series that’s clearly going from strength to strength
Philip Gwynne Jones, author of the Nathan Sutherland series