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The Venetian Sanctuary

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408715352

Price: £22

ON SALE: 4th July 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘I devoured all Philip’s novels and felt transported to Venice with a new intimacy’ Val McDermid

‘An unputdownable thriller’ Gregory Dowling

‘It is no surprise to find that Philip Gwynne Jones lives in Venice… art and architecture interweave into a story that builds to an almost surreal climax’ Daily Mail

‘Gwynne Jones’s talent for evoking place and atmosphere is clear as ever’ Literary Review


What lies beneath?


Venice, June 2020. The city has returned to the Venetians during a merciful pause in the Covis pandemic, and few overseas visitors are to be seen. Yet Dominic Vicari, a British private investigator haunted by loss, has travelled across Europe to the tiny island of San Francesco del Deserto. The ancient monastery there, it is said, was founded by St Francis himself in the 13th century. Its population now consists of five Franciscan brothers and three pilgrims on retreat. Or, rather, two pilgrims and a dead man.
Nathan Sutherland is called in when Vicari’s broken body is found at the base of the campanile, his death seemingly nothing more than a terrible accident. But Nathan isn’t so sure and sets out on an investigation that will reunite him with an old friend and an old adversary, and the discovery of a terrible secret hidden at the heart of the lagoon.

Praise for Philip Gwynne Jones

‘Superb – always gripping, beautifully constructed and vivid’ Stephen Glover

‘Clever and great fun’ The Times

‘Sinister and shimmering, The Venetian Game is as haunting and darkly elegant as Venice itself’ L.S. Hilton, bestselling author of Maestra

‘The Venetian setting is vividly described… good, fluid writing makes for easy reading’ Literary Review

‘Un-put-downable . . . If you love Venice, you’ll love this because you’ll be transported there in an instant. If you’ve not been to Venice, read this book and then go. If you like intrigue, and a clever plot, you’ll love this book’ Amazon reviewer, 5*****

‘The lively, colourful narrative scuds along as briskly as a water taxi…you’ll enjoy the ride’ Italia Magazine

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