The Four Horsemen

by Gregory Dowling

Part of the The Alvise Marangon Mysteries Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Four Horsemen

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

Liz Robinson

The Four Horsemen Synopsis

After reluctant spy Alvise Marangon is arrested in a tavern brawl, he is summoned to meet the Missier Grande, head of the city's powerful secret service. Rather than being expelled from the city, he is coerced into a top-secret investigation of the mysterious death of one of the service's agents and the existence of a mysterious secret society. Apparently formed by four rakish noblemen, it is known as the Four Horsemen and seems to have connections with the Ottoman Empire. As Alvise delves into the case, he finds all the hallmarks of assassination and corruption, and is soon profoundly out of his depth and on the run.

The Four Horsemen Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lisa Redmond - 'This is fast paced historical crime with great writing, smart plotting and a host of interesting characters bringing Venice to vivid life. Really enjoyable and perfect for fans of Diana Bretherick and Andrew Taylor.'
  • Carole Tuckett - 'An enjoyable read which brings a visual olden Venice to light.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'This is a really enjoyable, absorbing read told with lots of energy and verve. The plot is clever and moves along at a brisk pace, whilst Alvise is an engaging hero who you easily warm to.'
  • Laura Rowland - 'This a captivating and beautifully descriptive novel, which takes a mysterious murder and turns it into something so much bigger.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'A thrilling tale set in Venice with historical information thrown in.'
  • Linde - 'Such a great atmospheric historical thriller from the pen of Gregory Dowling.'

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ISBN: 9781846973840
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846973840
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Gregory Dowling
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Gregory Dowling

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.

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