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  • The Borgia Portrait

  • A Venetian Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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By: David Hewson
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
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Summary

A noble family, a legendary painting, a cursed palazzo. The new Venetian mystery from master storyteller David Hewson.

When Arnold Clover is recruited by Lizzie Hawker to help her look into her family inheritance, he cannot begin to guess the journey he is about to embark on.

Lizzie's mother, an Italian countess, disappeared thirty years ago, presumed dead. Her father, a famous, some say infamous, music promoter, has just died and now the family home Ca' Scacchi, a leaning palazzo in Dorsoduro, has fallen to her. When her mother vanished so too did a priceless painting, supposedly an erotic portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, which has captivated men for generations.

When a body is discovered in a hidden crypt beneath the checkerboard courtyard of the palazzo, other secrets are unearthed with it. Lying with the body is a document, a story of an episode in Casanova's colourful life, and within it a set of clues that might lead to the location of the painting. But it quickly becomes apparent that Lizzie and Arnold are not the only ones interested in finding the painting.

The search for the lost Lucrezia quickly becomes a race through the secret history of Venice, one with potentially deadly consequences.

©2023 David Hewson (P)2023 W.F.Howes Ltd

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So enjoyable

This had it all throughly enjoying this series and the setting Richard Armitage is superb as always

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Wonderful

Really enjoyed this. Richard Armitage brings all the characters to life with his skilled narration. The story is gripping, fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Just as good as the first book in the series, can’t wait for the next one.

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The great narration

I wasn’t sure whether or not this was a novel or a guide and history of Venice. Great story that lost flow as the author kept stopping to add, in my mind, unnecessary detail about every single
location, I love Venice, but for me this just became an annoyance. Every time I thought we were moving forward - we’d stop to have another history lesson.
Wonderful but overdone.
The narration though was really excellent.

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Well researched

enjoyed the narration and had good storyline. likeable characters as follows on from previous book.

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Complicated

Very complicated to follow . Too much historic information for me to absorb in one book ,

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