Beautiful and chilling

  • Book: Venetian Gothic
  • Location: Venice
  • Author: Philip Gwynne Jones

Review Author: julier



The chilling opening of ‘Venetian Gothic’ in a cemetery on the Day of the Dead sets the scene for the rest of the book. There are some beautifully haunting descriptions of Venice’s lagoons and the Isle of the Dead.
Rather than a detective, it is Honorary Consul, Nathan Sutherland who gets to the bottom of a secret that has haunted one of Venice’s noble families as an empty coffin is unearthed.
The prose is delectable, the story gripping and the descriptions marvellously evoke the mysterious and ghostly character of Venice in winter.
A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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