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Venice in wartime

In 1999, Nico Uccello is called to bedside of his dying grandfather. There to be passed a shocking family secret… the story of a time young Nico can’t imagine, the Nazi occupation of Venice, and the private bloody war waged by partisans… his own family among them.

Sensitively written, with a tremendous late twist, The Garden of Angels is above all a superlative re-creation of time and aqueous place…

Pack it with your panama if you’re bound for the Lido.

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The Medici Murders

Coming soon… a new series set in modern Venice but with a focus on the past. In this debut story an investigation into two murders from the past that seem to have shaped the death of a famous TV historian in the present day.

Devil’s Fjord

A standalone chiller set in the remote Faroe Islands… As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages. Kirkus Reviews

The Savage Shore

The latest in the ever-popular Nic Costa series. For once, not in his home city of Rome but Calabria, where Costa and his colleagues have been sent undercover with a perilous mission… taking into custody a gang boss who’s decided to turn informer, at risk to the lives of everyone involved.

Ponte Leproso, Benevento

Explore Italy’s most famous road

A Journey along the Appian Way


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The world of audio originals

The bleak highlands of Scotland with Alan Cumming retelling the story of Macbeth, a steamy summer in Verona where Richard Armitage narrates David’s reworking of the classic story of Romeo and Juliet, in an Audie-winning performance, and a chilly dystopian Yorkshire where Gemma Whelan tells the story of a young girl’s’ escape from tyranny in Realer…

David has been at the forefront of audio originals since the early days of the medium. Explore his rich portfolio of work on our Audio Originals page.


A late-page revelation will have readers gasping in surprise, and Hewson expertly balances tense action and thoughtful emotion. Fans of character-driven WWII thrillers will want to check this out.
Publishers Weekly on The Garden of Angels

A very fine novel, which is more of a re-imagining of the original story than a carbon copy – and with the bonus of a brand new twist to the ending.

Daily Mail on The Killing

Hewson expertly paints a punishing Faroese winter, crafting the perfect backdrop for this chilling addition to the growing field of crime fiction set in the Faroe Islands. 

Booklist on Devil’s Fjord

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Now out in Germany, the audiobook of the first Nic Costa novel

Just released…. the German audiobook of the first Nic Costa novel, Das Blut der Märtyrer. Expect more German audio of my books in the months to come. Many thanks to RB Media for bringing my audio works out in a new language, to Mathias Grimm (@mg_thevoice on Instagram) for the splendid narration, and to Hedda […]

Win The Medici Murders with Tripfiction.com

That great book website Tripfiction is running a worldwide competition to win one of three copies of my forthcoming Venice mystery The Medici Murders. Have to say I’m flattered by their description and can’t wait to read the review… This is SUCH a great read, and especially good on Venice (move over Donna Leon!) that […]

See you in Venice on October 13?

Event alert. At 6.30 pm on October 13 I will be with Philip Gwynne Jones, author of the Nathan Sutherland novels, and Gregory Dowling, author of the Alvise Marangon mysteries, talking at the fabulous Studium book store which you’ll find tucked away behind the Doge’s Palace (how about that for location?). We’ll be chatting about […]