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Publisher's Summary

A game of cross and double-cross in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

From his office on the Street of the Assassins, Nathan Sutherland enjoys a steady but unexciting life translating Italian DIY manuals. All this changes dramatically when he is offered a large sum of money to look after a small package containing an extremely valuable antique prayer book illustrated by a Venetian master. But is it a stolen masterpiece - or a brilliant fake?

Unknown to Nathan, from a vast mansion on the Grand Canal twin brothers Domenico and Arcangelo Moro, motivated by nothing more than mutual hatred, have been playing out a complex game of art theft for 20 years. And now Nathan finds himself unwittingly drawn into their deadly business....

©2017 Philip Gwynne Jones (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Superb - always gripping, beautifully constructed and vivid." (Stephen Glover)

"It is no surprise to find that Philip Gwynne Jones lives in Venice...art and architecture interweave into a story that builds to an almost surreal climax." (Daily Mail

"Sinister and shimmering, The Venetian Game is as haunting and darkly elegant as Venice itself." (L. S. Hilton, best-selling author of Maestra)

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Amazing Book

I really enjoyed this book. I started off by listening to the last book and then moved to this book. I really enjoyed the story and the detail of the world that drags me into the city.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Authentic characters, and a well written plot. I was so happy to revisit some of my favourite landmarks in Venice as well.

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  • Janice T.
  • 04-03-2021

The Venetian Game

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, perhaps because the narrator was so easy to listen too. Definitely would like to carry on with this series, hopefully with the same narrator.

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  • Joe Doyle
  • 27-05-2019

Not a patch on Donna Leon

Good descriptions of places and architecture in Venice. However, the story is just not strong and the hero is too difficult to like. Nathan is the furthest thing from Brunetti you could find. Needed a better central figure.

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  • Paul Loseby
  • 10-09-2018

More of a tourist guide than thriller

I love Venice and hoped to hear of the various places as I listened. I did not expect every street to be mentioned to the stage where location became more important than story. The story was 'ok' but not one I would have gone for had I have known the content beforehand

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  • Miss H E Easlea
  • 26-04-2021

Wonderfully believable characters and a great plot

This book was an unexpected delight. Missing trips to Venice, I thought I'd listen to a book about it at least. I was delighted. The descriptions of Venice are great an the plot fascinating but, for me, the best thing about this book is the totally credible main character, Nathan Sutherland, and his interactions with the people who populate his adopted city. Having spent some time living amongst Italians both in Italy and in London and speaking fluent Italian, I laughed out loud at some of the wonderfully accurate descriptions of the every day interactions of a Brit amongst Italians. Bravo Mr Gwynne Jones. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Highly recommended.

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