Carnival for the Dead

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For as long as she can remember, Teresa Lupo has envied her aunt Sofia. After all, she is everything Teresa is not: beautiful, adventurous, wildly creative. While Sofia enjoyed passionate love affairs and traveled the world, thoughtful, methodical Teresa stayed close to home, working her way through the civil-service system to become Rome’s senior police forensic specialist. So when Sofia encounters “a few problems” at her new home in Venice, it is Teresa to whom she turns for help — only to vanish abruptly on ...

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For as long as she can remember, Teresa Lupo has envied her aunt Sofia. After all, she is everything Teresa is not: beautiful, adventurous, wildly creative. While Sofia enjoyed passionate love affairs and traveled the world, thoughtful, methodical Teresa stayed close to home, working her way through the civil-service system to become Rome’s senior police forensic specialist. So when Sofia encounters “a few problems” at her new home in Venice, it is Teresa to whom she turns for help — only to vanish abruptly on the eve of Carnival. Teresa’s only clues to her aunt’s whereabouts are a mysterious letter, a bouquet of flowers, and a series of short stories by an unknown author, stories in which Sofia and Teresa inexplicably appear. The bizarre narratives create a complex puzzle, one Teresa can solve only by immersing herself in the art and history of Venice and the fantastic spectacle that is Carnival. But the deeper she ventures into the shadowy spirit of the festival, the more Teresa comes to realize that nothing in the magical city is as it seems. Novelist David Hewson brings Byzantine and dreamlike Venice vividly to life in this dark and deftly plotted mystery that hearkens back to the spellbinding tales of Daphne du Maurier and M. R. James.

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Hewson (The Promised Land) brings abundant chills to this creepy, well-crafted whodunit set in modern-day Venice. Teresa Lupo, a respected if unconventional pathologist, is deeply troubled that Sofia Bianchi, her beloved aunt, has disappeared. Teresa's mother fears Sofia has taken her own life. Frantic with worry, Teresa pounds the pavement in search of some lead. Strange things begin occurring as she undertakes her quest. An anonymous bouquet of flowers is sent to Teresa at her aunt's apartment, and a masked gunman, wearing the carnival costume of the Plague Doctor character, shoots an actress before jumping to his death. Most unsettling are her encounters with a cryptic figure who claims to be the immortal count of Saint-Germain. Hewson manages to make everything add up, while imbuing the alleyways of Venice with a sinister patina that helps the reader connect emotionally to the mystery of Sofia's fate. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230761384
  • Publisher: Macmillan Computer Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012

Meet the Author

David Hewson is the author of seventeen novels published in more than twenty languages. His debut novel, Semana Santa, was translated to film, and his nine-book Nic Costa series, set in Rome, is currently being developed for television. Previously he worked as a journalist, writing for the London Times, The Sunday Times, and The Independent.

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