Being A big fan of such authors as Dan Brown & Steve Berry I came across the Ben Hope series after purchasing the alchemists secret which was a good book I picked up the second novel in series with much anticipation. In this second novel Ben travels through France, Vienna & Venice investigating the death of one of his friends who was researching a book based upon the death of the renowned composer Mozart.
There a twists and turns at every page aided by a sinister cult who will do anything to stop the truth coming out, and the reappearance of an old enemy and a tragic end makes this book a real page turner. Mariani describes and sets a scene with great detail and the book is well researched, the only criticism I have of the book is that the book itself has very little with the Mozart himself apart from the mysterious letter he send just before his death in 1788, apart from that he's not really mentioned after that.
Overall a good page turner that excites with non stop action, i'm looking forward to reading the other Ben hope novels.