Carnival for the Dead

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‘In Venice the past was more reticent. Beyond the tourist sights, San Marco and the Rialto, it lurked in the shadows, seeping out of the cracked stones like blood from ancient wounds, as if death itself was one more sly performance captured beneath the bright all-seeing light of the lagoon’

It’s February, and Carnival time in Venice. Forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo visits the city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her beloved bohemian Aunt Sofia. But from the moment she is greeted off the vaporetto by a masked man dressed in the costume of The Plague Doctor, Teresa starts to suspect that all is not well.

The puzzle deepens when a letter reveals a piece of fiction in which both Sofia and Teresa appear. Even more strange, are the links to the past which gradually begin to surface. Are the messages being sent by Sofia herself? Her abductor? Or a third party seeking to help her unravel the mystery? The revelation is as surprising and shocking as Sofia’s fate. And Teresa herself comes to depend upon the unravelling of a mystery wrapped deep inside the art and culture of Venice itself.

About David Hewson

Former Sunday Times journalist David Hewson is well known for his crime-thriller fiction set in European cities. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Killing novels set in Denmark and the Detective Nic Costa series set in Italy. The Killing trilogy is based on the BAFTA award-winning Danish TV series created by Søren Sveistrup and produced by DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Hewson's ability to capture the sense of place and atmosphere in his fiction comes from spending considerable research time in the cities in which the books are set: Copenhagen, Rome, Venice and now Amsterdam. Little Sister is the third title to feature Detective Pieter Vos, following The House of Dolls and The Wrong Girl.

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Books by David Hewson

Little Sister
Little Sister
The Sacred Cut
The Sacred Cut
The Garden of Evil
The Garden of Evil
The Promised Land
The Promised Land
The Wrong Girl
The Wrong Girl
The House of Dolls
The House of Dolls
The Lizard's Bite
The Lizard's Bite
The Killing 3
The Killing 3
Dante's Numbers
Dante's Numbers
The Killing 2
The Killing 2
The Killing 1
The Killing 1
The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel
A Season for the Dead
A Season for the Dead
The Villa of Mysteries
The Villa of Mysteries
Dead Men's Socks (Short Reads)
Dead Men's Socks (Short Reads)
Death in Seville
Death in Seville
The Blue Demon
The Blue Demon
The Cemetery of Secrets
The Cemetery of Secrets
The Seventh Sacrament
The Seventh Sacrament

Books in the Series

The Lizard's Bite
The Lizard's Bite
Dante's Numbers
Dante's Numbers
The Fallen Angel
The Fallen Angel
A Season for the Dead
A Season for the Dead
The Villa of Mysteries
The Villa of Mysteries
The Blue Demon
The Blue Demon
The Seventh Sacrament
The Seventh Sacrament