I have a rule: I won't call a book a page-turner unless reading
it causes me to miss my bus stop. Engrossed in David Hewson's latest mystery,
The Garden of Evil, I missed my stop not once but twice and that
was before I was halfway through the novel. This one's a page-turner all
right! It's also a top-notch, high-quality detective procedural that
will appeal to readers who enjoy a literary mystery.
The plot of The Garden of Evil revolves around a 17th-century painting by Caravaggio, so understanding the artist's life and work is important to the overall plot. Happily, Hewson provides a great deal of historical detail without lecturing. In fact, the historical background is every bit as entertaining as the moments of suspense, and is one of the features that make the book such a stand-out.
Setting his novel entirely in Rome, Hewson does a wonderful job ...
About The Author & Series
Yorkshire-born, David Hewson did not travel abroad until he was 21. He was born in 1953, left school when he was seventeen to work as a cub reporter on a local newspaper and, eight years later was a staff reporter on the The Times in London covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.
After publishing five standalone novels, Hewson introduced Detective Nic Costa of the Rome police force in A Season for the Dead (2003). This was followed by The Villa of Mysteries, The Sacred Cut, The Lizard's Bite, The Seventh Sacrament and The Garden of Evil. Lucky readers in the UK have been able to get their hands on the seventh in the series, Dante...
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