'Hill's clever and laugh-aloud tales bring a whole new slant to the world of murder mysteries. Wittily written, tightly plotted and fun to read ... A sparkling gallery of characters.' SIMON BRETT 'Misty waterways and shadowy piazzas provide the setting for suspected blackmail [and] murder in this comic thriller... The elegant social whirl of bellinis at Harry's and espressos at Cafe Florian offer light relief and tempting descriptions of Venice - so much so that you'll be planning your very own Venetian holiday by the end!' Gemma Matthews for the Royal Over-Seas League magazine
1954, Venice. For Rosy Gilchrist the tables may have turned. Her boss at the British Museum, Dr Stanley, has chosen her to travel to Venice, track down a rare edition of Horace’s Odes and bring it back for their collection. Rosy jumps at the chance to spend time away from her capricious supervisor and hopefully indulge in a little Venetian culture
Following Dr Stanley’s advice, she roams the cobbled streets of Venice in search of the book and crosses paths with old friends Felix Smythe and Cedric Dillworthy. With their help, Rosy thinks she’s laid her hands on the treasure but things soon take a drastic downward spiral.
A wealthy and eccentric recluse offers a £1 million reward for anyone who can find Horace’s Odes and pair it with a missing Murano vase. The price on the book’s head brings all sorts of murky characters out of the shadows. Soon Rosy finds herself in a race against time as her rivals will go to any lengths to secure the prize . . . Even murder.