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The Venetian Venture [Kindle Edition]

Suzette A. Hill
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'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

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 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.

 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K22ZLBY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I self-published my first novel A Load of Old Bones in 2005, after which I was taken on by a commercial publisher and have just completed the quintet. The series is set in the 1950s, is far from serious, and involves a gullible vicar who has carelessly murdered one of his parishioners. As expected, the ensuing problems are considerable, and he lurches from one disaster to another monitored by his supercilious cat and ragamuffin dog, eager to save their own skins - and their master from the gallows.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Death in Venice 11 Jun 2014
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While Hill's previous novel was a whodunit, her latest offering ventures into thriller territory. It is a story of a quest. The particular Holy Grail plucky and adventurous Rosy Gilchrist (the heroine of A Little Murder) goes in search of is 'Bodger's Horace', a unique translation of Horace's Odes which her British Museum boss, Dr Stanley, has asked her to find. It is one out of only three and it is located in Venice; it is especially important because it has Bodger's signature and a dedication in his own hand. ('That'll put a feather in our cap...and more to the point, some shekels in the coffers.') But Rosy's Venetian venture is riven with great danger and indeed death. By its conclusion there are three corpses, at least one of which is disposed of in a startlingly unorthodox manner...

Like its predecessor, the novel is laced with lavish splashings of urbane drollery, sophisticated wit and period atmosphere: it is1954 and we hear about Eisenhower's war record, Mr Churchill's likely successor and Brigitte Bardot's pout. Venice is charming but also very sinister. (At one point a character refers to Thomas Mann's famous novella whose title Hill could easily have adopted for her own book.) If Dorothy L. Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon was a 'love story with detective interruptions', Suzette A.Hill's ingenious tale could be dubbed a 'comedy of manners with detective interruptions'. There is crime but we never see the police in action. The protagonists are a group of eccentric amateurs (society florist Felix, interchangeable twins Dilly and Duffy and of course Rosy.)

The dialogue and general verbal invention are, as one has come to expect of Hill, a delight -- a blend of E.F.Benson, P.G.Wodehouse and Noel Coward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian triumph! 9 Jun 2014
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This is a delightful book. Rosy Gilchrist is asked to go to Venice to trace a rare copy of a Victorian edition of Horace. What follows is part mystery, part comedy of manners as Rosy discovers that the book is far more valuable than she anticipated - valuable enough to be the cause of intrigue and murder. Anyone who's read the excellent Bones books and A Little Murder will expect comedy and they'll get it. It's also a deeply engaging book with characters that are warm and engaging. Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the characters and the location of the story 23 Aug 2014
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I loved the characters and the location of the story. If you love words this story offers a great assortment of English words not usually used in American English. I look forward to reading another book by this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Nov 2014
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I love this author and her stories! The characters are so interesting!
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