The Medici Murders

Severn House. (Venetian Mystery, Bk. 1). Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781448306565. $28.99. M
Hewson, author of the Nic Costa mysteries, introduces an elaborately detailed historical series, heavy with Venetian atmosphere. In 1548, Lorenzino de Medici was assassinated by two hired killers in Venice. In the present, when British media star Marmaduke Godolphin brings a group to Venice to reveal his latest project about Medici, he’s stabbed with a stiletto on the same spot, and his body ends up in the canal. Before he was a media star, Godolphin was a history professor admired by four posh students nicknamed the Gilded Circle. He paid for those former students, plus his son and a young woman, to come to Venice, where he was to reveal a scandalous secret about Medici’s murder. He needed help from retired British archivist Arnold Clover to uncover documents supporting his theory. Instead, Godolphin is dead. Captain Valentina Fabbri from the Caribinieri recruits Clover to tell her about the cast of characters surrounding Godolphin. Fabbri arrests all of his circle while she awaits Clover’s story of history and scandal.
VERDICT History buffs may appreciate this intricate character study more than most casual mystery readers.
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