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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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Recent work


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.

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

News and opinion


Ytali magazine… the big interview

It was fascinating to ‘sit down’ (a few thousand miles apart) with JoAnn Locktov to talk writing and Venice at length. You can read the result now in Ytali, an essential source of news and opinion for anyone interested in Italy and Venice in particular. The English version is here, and the Italian, kindly translated […]

The Medici Murders begins…

For me, three key elements support a conventional narrative, each critical to the recounting of a good tale. Every conventional story, be it crime, thriller, horror, sci-fi or mainstream novel, sits on that structural tripod. What makes each different may be the balance between the three. In one of those breakneck, read-in-a-flash thrillers which The […]

Venice event October 13 – slight change of time

Please note a slight change in the timing of the event with Philip Gwynne Jones and Gregory Dowling at Studium in Venice on October 13. This will now start at 6pm, not 6.30 as originally stated. More details here.