David Hewson’s European crime and mystery books range from the Copenhagen of The Killing and Sarah Lund to the Italy of Nic Costa and the Amsterdam of Pieter Vos. Over twenty years and more than twenty titles his books have been translated into multiple languages around the world. His Shakespeare adaptations with A.J. Hartley have been shortlisted for America’s coveted Audie awards and narrated by acclaimed actors Richard Armitage and Alan Cumming. Hs latest groundbreaking Shakespeare audio adaptation, the 11-hour plus Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, once more narrated by Richard Armitage, is now live on Audible worldwide.



Richard Armitage narrating bold, new versions of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Alan Cumming narrating Macbeth, a brand new dramatic version of Macbeth in German…

The Times called Hamlet ‘one of the most powerful listening experiences that I’ve had.’ Discover these award-winning reimaginings of some of the world’s great classics.



House of Dolls

Crime in the city of canals and coffee shops… the acclaimed Pieter Vos series set around an Amsterdam detective leading a solitary life with his little dog Sam on a decrepit barge on the Prinsengracht canal.

Said the Toronto Globe & Mail, ‘Setting is always essential to Hewson and he evokes everything from scent to scenery.’



The Killing

The Killing trilogy takes the story of one of TV’s most famous detective, Copenhagen’s Sarah Lund, and turns it into a reimagined adaptation with new twists, characters and story turns.

The Telegraph said, ‘David Hewson has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold’.



Fallen Angel

Set in Rome, Venice and with one brief side trip to San Francisco, the Nic Costa books have won awards ranging from best audio adaptation to mystery of the year from the American Library Association. Bestselling author Peter James said, ‘No author has ever brought Rome so alive for me — nor made it seem so sinister’.




Author of more than twenty five novels set around Europe, David’s standalone titles which range from the Venice of Vivaldi and Canaletto to the bullring of Seville and the darker corners of Florence.

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It’s finishing the book that counts… explore some of David’s titles on writing technique, practice and tools such as Ulysses and Scrivener.

Don’t forget to browse the blog for the occasional post on writing tips and technique too.



Some of the real history behind Romeo and Juliet

Most of Romeo and Juliet is fiction. But not all. Since I set the story very firmly in 1499 I was able to introduce a few touches of real history too, fragments of Italy which resonate with the story and are still with us today. Here are a few examples. The rest I’ll...

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Time and Place: Verona and 1499

Arthur Brooke, author of the poem which Shakespeare used as the basis of Romeo and Juliet, follows his original Italian sources in stating that the story really happened. He ends his verse with the claim that the tomb of Juliet and her knight still stood in Verona and...

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