In which I recommend a novel set in Venice

Phil Jones (or as the cover of his latest offering insists, Philip Gwynne Jones) and his wife Caroline have lived and worked in Venice for more than five years. During this time, he has found his way around the many narrow calli (streets) of this fascinating city. His knowledge of the geography and also the art history of Venice has been put to good use in this crime novel.

People who like mystery/detective novels will find this a natural fit for their reading choice. People who also know and love Venice will get an extra bonus, with the setting of this well paced novel, written by a person who knows the city and surrounds very well. 

Nathan Sutherland, the English Honorary Consul to Venice, has his rather boring life abruptly changed when he is caught up in a world of art theft and danger. As he and his friends Dario and Federica endeavour to pursue the truth about the small illustrated prayer book that has been left in Nathan’s care, he finds himself in situations he’d only before seen played out in movies.

Are the illustrations in the little book really by Giovanni Bellini, or is it a clever forgery? Will Nathan come out of this with his skin intact? Follow Nathan through the calli of Venice to find out how this draws to a conclusion. 

And now, I have a strange craving for a negroni.



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47 responses to “In which I recommend a novel set in Venice

  1. Great!! Since I met Caroline yesterday I want to know his husband so…let’s meet in Pistoia soon for his book presentation to Pistoia’s people & my English language expats friends living here !👏👏📚📚


  2. sounds really interesting. I’ll add to my reading wish list

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  3. Thank You for this book tips. We love reading and it is interesting to know about what people read. Have a good day!

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  4. Sounds a little like the Donna Leon novels? Is it similar in style to hers? How did you find the prose? I love novels set in Venice. And now I feel like an ombra, but I’ll wait till 11 am!

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    • Phil has a style all his own, I’d love to see him develop the main characters into a series of novels. I learned a lot about music and art, reading this book!

      11 am is just about the right time for an ombra! 🙂

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  5. I love hearing about what people are reading! Thanks for this book rec!
    Continue to enjoy your travels…via books, planes, trains, boats, and autos! 😀

    Oh, BTW: Happy Pi Day to you!!! 😀
    3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279+ HUGS!!! 😛
    I wonder when it is Pie Day?!?!? 🙂

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  6. Venezia oltre che affascinante è anche molto intrigante, e i romanzi ambientati tra le sue alle e i campielli, sono sempre molto interessanti
    grazie per averlo segnalato
    felice sera

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  7. Bridget

    Thanks for the book tip! Will have to read for sure.
    And I am getting excited about your upcoming trip! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what what you’ll share next.
    Happy packing!

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    • Hi, my little stalker! You’ll recognise a lot of the places that are mentioned, I think.

      Thank you for getting excited on my behalf. I just took out the rubbish bin for the last time in 2 months, that’s always a lovely feeling. Now, I’ll have to remember what day paper goes out in Italy, etc. xx


  8. Enjoy Napoli, Yvonne. A great city and the pizzas! We always go for the Napoli special with anchovies.
    Thanks for the review but so many books and so little time.

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  9. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  10. Glad you’re back, Yvonne. This sounds right up my Calle. I will look for it at the book store and online. Are you going back to Venice soon?

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  11. I’ll check it out on my Kindle.

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  12. May I suggest if you crave for a negroni and can’t have it then you should drown your sorrows in bloody marys or the like…

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  13. Jane

    Ordered it from the library…..sounds interesting. Waiting for my turn at the most recent Donna Leon! ……..and of course awaiting your return to the “bella paese” !

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  14. I don’t think this would appeal to me, enjoyed the review though. 🙂

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  15. Is it going to be available as an ebook???

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  16. Ooh, definitely checking this one out.


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