Vengeance in Venice Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Murder is the deadliest art....
An invitation to an exclusive event during the Venetian Biennale gives Honorary Consul Nathan Sutherland the perfect chance to drink prosecco in the sunshine and meet some of the greats of the art world.
And then a world-famous critic is decapitated by one of the installations in the British Pavilion. A terrible accident, it seems, until a postcard is discovered in the victim's pocket: an image of Judith beheading Holofernes.
But this is not just a one-off. Before long, three more postcards have been sent out with deadly results. As the bodies pile up, Nathan finds himself getting closer and closer to the truth, but when he himself receives an image of Death bearing a scythe, it becomes a race against time to save his own life....
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 35 minutes|
|Author||Philip Gwynne Jones|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||31 May 2018|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 142,575 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Phil’s next book, The Venetian Masquerade, comes out in April 2019. Don’t miss it.
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This is the second book featuring the crime solving honorary consul Nathan Sutherland. When an invitation to an art instillation at the opening of the Venetian Biennale results in Nathan being witness to an art critic falling to his death, Nathan suddenly finds himself an unlikely but convenient suspect. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, he finds himself uncovering a web of deceit. When his own life is threatened, Nathan has to work out just who he can trust.
The combination of art, location and mystery make for a very entertaining read. Nathan Sutherland’s usual employment as a translator, and his voluntary role with the British Embassy, mark him out a somewhat unlikely detective. However, it’s this glaring weakness that also makes him a character you want to root for. In many ways he’s Mr Average. He drinks a little too often, has a sweet tooth, smokes occasionally, and allows himself to be bullied by his house cat. Hardly the stuff that heroes are made of. Yet, he also has a heart of gold and can’t resist a call for help whether it’s from a friend, visiting artist, or a stranded tourist. He’s a nice guy, and the author does an excellent job of getting the reader to want him to succeed.
While the plot doesn’t develop at a fast pace, and also requires a couple of leaps of faith from the reader, it does work its way to a satisfyingly exciting conclusion. Perhaps the thing I enjoyed most though were the wonderful descriptions of Venice. From vaporetto journeys along its waterways, to its architecture and social culture, the whole novel brings the great city to life.
Once again we are lead through Venetian streets and enjoy some Italian cooking as Nathan deals with an angry relative, a growing relationship and a very demanding cat.