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Gregory Dowling is Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He has published four novels, co-edited two anthologies of poetry, and written various non-fiction books and academic articles on Italian, British and American literature. He has a special interest in British and American writers in Italy, from the Romantic age onwards.
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery series’, set after ‘Ascension’. Alvise finds himself investigating the murder of one of the members of the secret service he himself works for. I found myself sinking into the story, the intrigue settles over the pages as Alvise stumbles headlong into trouble. The vivid setting of 18th century Venice creates the most fascinating backdrop to this tale, I wandered the streets and canals alongside Alvise, simply gawping in wonder. I found the glossery of terms in the back really helpful. ’The Four Horsemen’ is so very readable, the mystery takes you by the hand and leads you into a web of chaotic deceit, what a thoroughly entertaining and striking tale this is. ~ Liz Robinson
Full of intrigue and suspense, Every Picture Tells a Story is a compelling mystery of art theft and forgery set against the backdrop of Venice. Six months after being released from prison for forgery, London artist Martin Phipps is starting over. While making the rounds at a gallery opening, Martin meets and speaks with a mysterious Italian man who is searching for the same art dealer that hired Martin to paint forgeries. Later that evening, while walking the streets of London, Martin saves the Italian man from being mugged. In the scuffle, he sees in the man's bag a photograph, of a very rare painting, recently stolen from a church outside of Venice--The Madonna of the Swan.The next day, while painting at his studio, Martin is attacked by two Italian thugs who question him about the mysterious Italian and then burn his entire collection. So, with nothing to keep him im London, Martin travels to Venice to investigate the theft of The Madonna of the Swan and track down the Italian himself. "e;[A] lighthearted romp."e; - Kirkus Reviews