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David Bishop

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D.V. (David) Bishop writes the award-winning Cesare Aldo mysteries set in Renaissance Florence, published by Pan Macmillan. These historical thrillers take place during the reign of Duke Cosimo de’ Medici when extraordinary artists and brilliant thinkers rubbed shoulders with backstabbing bankers and self-serving politicians. In the midst of this LGBTQ+ detective Cesare Aldo investigates murders for the city’s most feared criminal court, the Otto di Guardia e Balia. He enforces the law but his sexuality puts Aldo on the wrong side of the court. Can he deliver justice and, if so, at what cost?

Other Awards

NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Novel – winner 2022; shortlisted 2023 & 2024

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – shortlisted 2021

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel – longlisted 2022, 2023

Books by David Bishop

  • The Darkest Sin The Darkest Sin


  • Ritual of Fire Ritual of Fire


  • City of Vengeance City of Vengeance

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