The Venetian Venture – Suzette A. Hill
After retiring to Herefordshire, Suzette A. Hill has used her time to pen the humorous ‘Revd Francis Oughterard’ quintet, plus two other titles outside that series. Happily steering clear of ‘social issues’ and ‘gritty realism’, Suzette sets her amusing tales in a world peopled largely by the fey, the bibulous and the downright dotty.
Venice1954. Barely recovered from the scandal of her aunt’s shocking murder, Rosy Gilchrist now finds herself embroiled in fresh skulduggery. This time she’s in Venice, sent there by Dr Stanley – her eccentric BritishMuseum boss – to locate a rare edition of Horace’s Odes.
Unbeknown to Rosy, the book has a substantial price on its head unconnected with literary matters; and it soon becomes clear that others are in grim pursuit. Her quest is not entirely smoothed by the presence of the floral Felix Smythe, his friend the suave Cedric Dillworthy and their protégé Caruso, an amiable basset hound. Their sojourn in a crumbling Venetian palazzo culminates in scenes at once fearful and ludicrous.
Release date: May, 2014
Publishers: Allison & Busby
Some other work by the same author –
A Load of Old Bones (Constable 2007)
Bones in the Belfry (Constable 2008)
Bone Idle (Constable 2009)
Bones in High Places (Constable 2010)
A Bedlam of Bones (Constable 2011)
A Little Murder (Allison & Busby 2013)