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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

Now out… 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.

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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. 

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A taste of Richard Armitage reading The Medici Murders

It’s always a delight to have Richard narrating my work. He takes such care, even down to the lovely South Yorkshire accent he’s found for my new protagonist, Arnold Clover, in this first book of the series. So let me share a sample of him narrating the opening of the book, along with a few […]

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The Garden of Angels becomes Garten der Engel

My tale of a young Venetian discovering his grandfather’s role during the Nazi occupation is headed for the German language. Out on February 28, 2023 from Folio, Garten der Engel is now appearing in a special press and book industry edition ahead of publication, one that includes background to the story, the location and the […]

Out now in audio, Richard Armitage narrates The Medici Murders

Delighted to tell you that the audiobook of The Medici Murders went live around the world today, narrated by the ever-amazing Richard Armitage. You’ll find it in all the usual audio outlets including Audible, Amazon, Kobo and Google Play. Many thanks to the team at WF Howes who’ve been supporting my work in audio for […]