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The Angels of Venice

I remember picking up Philip Gwynne Jones’s first Nathan Sutherland adventure, The Venetian Game,  back in 2016 and being completely charmed by it, as by the time I had finished all I wanted was to enjoy an Aperol spritz and a dish of olives. The crime fiction element running through the book was fun and intricate, but it was the Venetian setting which totally sold it to me.  This was armchair travel at its very best.  And clearly somebody at Waterstones thought so too as this book became one of their Crime Books of the Month, the paperback hit the bestseller lists… and Philip became a stalwart of the Constable list.  And during those dark years of lockdown his books just flourished as readers discovered for themselves that if you couldn’t actually travel to Venice then the best next thing was to read about the place. Philip possesses the gift of immersive writing; you really can imagine yourself there, drinking a Negroni in Eduardo’s bar in the Street of the Assassins, just below Nathan’s flat.

Of course it helps that Philip himself lives in La Serenissima, on the first floor of a grand old palazzo on the banks of a canal, with his wife and cat.  Absolutely enviable!

And now, in 2022, for the first time we are publishing Nathan Sutherland in hardback – and The Angels of Venice is out now.  Set on the night of 12 November 2019, it was when the worst flooding in 50 years hit Venice, and here Nathan discovers the body of a young British art historian floating in a flooded antique shop on the street where he lives…

If you have never given Philip a go, then do so now.  And if you have never been to Venice but want to find out more,  reading The Angels of Venice will give you a great overview of the city and its inhabitants in times of dramatic crisis.

Krystyna Green