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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230761380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230761384
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In Carnival of the Dead, David Hewson conveys well the atmosphere of Venice and its bewildering maze of alleys between canals. He also recounts aspects of Venetian history with verve. He captures the changing light of Venice, which his heroine Teresa Lupo sees as Turner-esque, and he describes the paintings in churches and galleries with close attention to their details...Hewson nudges on the plot as it twists and turns with incidental characters and episodes. The story is exciting.'
--Sarah Curtis, TLS

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Once again David Hewson transports his readers to the magical city of Venice, Italy. It is Teresa Lupo, Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Questura in Rome who takes the lead on this occasion whilst colleagues Falcone, Peroni and Costa are on secret assignment.
Lupo has travelled to Venice to look for her Aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared, leaving little explanation as to why, or her current whereabouts. It is the time of the Carnival, as Teresa tries to find her Aunt, and a series of events unfold that lead the reader on a tableau of adventure across the great city of islands, and where those dressed in Carnival costume may not be all they appear to be.

This is the tenth novel in the "Costa" series, and the third time that David Hewson has taken us to Venice (The Lizard's Bite & The Cemetery of Secrets, being the other two, and it is nice to see some homage to both of those novels within the pages of this latest one).

It is rare that a book makes me change my plans or keeps me reading up late into the night these days, but Carnival for the Dead has done both of those things over the last three days. Keeping me turning the pages and setting the standard for crime novels, this story unfolds a tale of mystery, history and culture set in one of the worlds great cities.

The history is well researched and the author manages to weave the history and culture into the pages, bringing the story to life. It brings a depth and colour to the pages that it is easy to picture oneself in the great city, with the same sights, sounds and smells as the characters on the pages.

David Hewson is a master storyteller, and this book is no exception, it is one of his best and finest to date and this series has been getting better and better.

If you are looking for a great story, and want to transport yourself to another place, then I strongly recommend this book.
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Lacked the impact of the rest of the Nic Costa series ... and Theresa's personality wasn't as strong as it's been in the past. Still a good, enjoyable read but lacked Hewson's original sparkle. If the reader wasn't familiar with the other character's in the series, it could be extremely confusing.
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A huge disappointment, the story only coming to life in the final quarter of the book. And where, given this is book 10 in the 'Nic Costa' series, was Nic Costa, let alone Falcone and Peroni, all only given fleeting name references 'wondering what they were doing on assignment in Sicily! Not up to David Hewson's standard by a long way.
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"Carnival for the Dead" by David Hewson was a major disappointment. I've read two of his other books in the Nic Costa series, one I liked a great deal, the other so-so. But it will be a long time before I read a fourth. The major attraction for me was Venice, where the story takes place, and this alone merits the 2 stars. Lots of detailed descriptions of the city, major landmarks, back alleys, Carnival, vaporetto (water taxis), a good bit of art history, and of course, the citizenry "I'm not Italian, I'm Venetian". But that's it. The mystery in this story is very lame, it's resolution incredibly boring. The story hinges on Arnaud aka The Count of Saint-Germain, born 400-500 years ago who somehow still survives, offering heroine Teresa advice on the case and on life, and at the conclusion explains in a 20 page closing dialog what the case was all about, tidying up all the loose ends. Teresa is a forensic pathologist working with Nic and team in Rome; she has come to Venice to find her missing aunt. The chapters are interlaced with short stories from a mysterious source, but they are even more dull than the investigation. Wish I had quit this book back at pages 50-100 when it became obvious this wasn't for me.
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This does NOT feature Nic Costa so description is wrong. Central character is Teresa Lupo and is set in Venice. Hewson as usual is inordinately complex and plot sometimes mystifies and is hardly credible. Quite enjoyable despite that but not one of his best.
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Completely different from the Nic Costa books which I enjoy and I did find the plot a bit convoluted but I enjoyed it in the end as David Hewson's characterisation is just brilliant. Can't Wait for the next Costa book.
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I actually rated this book 4.5 stars.

"Sometimes a mask is there to fool others. Sometimes to fool oneself."

Forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo has travelled from Rome to Venice to look into the disappearance of her beloved and rather bohemian aunt Sofia. It is February, and in cold and wintery Venice the Carnival is in full swing. When Teresa and her mother, shortly after arriving in town, are met by a mysterious man dressed in the costume of the Plague Doctor, complete with the horrible, long nosed mask, Teresa starts suspecting that her missing aunt may be in trouble. A visit to Sofia's apartment only deepens Teresa's suspicions and when her mother returns to Rome, the pathologist stays behind and takes up lodgings in her aunts rooms, determined to discover where her aunt is and why she disappeared. A letter, hand delivered to the apartment and addressed to Teresa turns out to contain a story featuring both her and her aunt as well as an English professor Teresa has never heard of before. When she wants to have another look at the strange story the next day, Teresa discovers that the words have disappeared from the pages and the mystery deepens further. With the police unable and unwilling to look into the disappearance of a grown and independent woman while the Carnival is going on, it is up to Teresa to try and figure out what is going on. Further stories are delivered to Teresa and while on the surface they appear to have little or nothing to do with her missing aunt, the pathologist is convinced that they must hold clues to her aunt's fate. But who is writing these stories? Is it Sofia herself, is it one of her friends or is it someone else altogether, someone Teresa doesn't know but who seems to know her and her actions very well?
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