The Venetian Venture
Published in hardback 2014 by Allison & Busby
Rosy Gilchrist, heroine of A Little Murder, is sent to Venice by her irascible British Museum boss to find a rare edition of the Odes of Horace.
She expects a wild goose chase - or at best a working holiday. But what she finds is a sinister bookseller, an assortment of the shifty and feckless, dotty ex-pats, a couple of murders and a dire threat to herself.
Her slightly fragile companions of the previous escapade, Felix and Cedric, lend dubious assistance.
PUBLISHED FORMATS: Hardback, Paperback, eBook, Audio (read by Julia Franklin - www.wholestoryaudiobooks.co.uk)
"Set in 1954, this charming, gentle and very witty thriller follows the expedition of the British Museum's go-to girl Rosy Gilchrist to acquire a rare edition of Latin verse. Particularly enjoyable is the last fifth of the novel where the bodies start being disposed of in the Grand Canal and both the plot and the humour take on the dark hue of the waters flowing there."
"Hill remains unaffected by fashion and her latest novel is an absolute must for all discerning aficionados of the currently overcrowded detective story genre; it will have a special appeal to those readers who continue to mourn the passing of its Golden Age and hanker nostalgically after the vanished world of gondolas gliding serenely past decaying palazzos and drinks at Harry's Bar."
"The Venetian Venture features the feisty Rosy Gilchrist packed off to Venice to locate a rare book . . . This is crime with more fun than menace, but as a gentle, relaxing read it could hardly be bettered."
The Daily Mail
"This is a charming and delightful tale told with a gentle but dry wit and held together with firm plotting . . . Yet it is not entirely 'froth-and-bubble' with added murder. Set in the fifties, memories of the recent war are still fresh for several of the characters, and Rosy herself grieves silently but deeply for loss of parents and RAF pilot fiancé, casualties of the conflict. Beneath the skulduggery and drollery lie tiny pinpricks of sadness. Highly recommended."