Dead in Venice by Fiona Leitch #20booksofsummer (17/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! You can catch my review for Dead in Venice by Fiona Leitch today. This is also book seventeen of my 20 books of summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Award-winning crime novelist Bella Tyson has it all: a successful career, devoted fans – and a bad case of writer’s block. So when a fan sends her a book of Venetian ghost stories and offers her the use of an apartment near Piazza San Marco, Bella jumps at the chance to get her Eat Pray Love on, consume her bodyweight in gelato and explore the atmospheric canals of Venice. She meets Will, a mild-mannered, middle class Interpol agent working in the city, and is swept away by him. And when a series of gruesome murders occur he’s on the case – with Bella in tow. Her writer’s block is well and truly cured, her new novel is under way, and she’s madly in love. But Bella realises that not everything in Venice is as it seems…


I’m not quite sure how to start my review other than to say that I went into this story expecting one thing and ended up with something pretty different. However this was definitely in a good way. There was a very intriguing and at times dark edge to this book that worked extremely well at surprising me.

I loved the setting of Venice it was almost like taking a mini trip there. So I really enjoyed that escape aspect of the book. Although with all the murders maybe it wasn’t the best place to be. The characters were also surprising with Bella and her likeable down to earth personality. Her thought process and the way she had no filter made for some amusing moments. Will was also a welcome character. It was so much fun seeing him and Bella team up to investigate. Romance did play its part in the plot but it wasn’t the main feature. I would describe it as more of a welcome addition that overall helped to create a rounded and intriguing story.

The mystery had me guessing all the way through. I tried to play detective but couldn’t quite get things clear in my head. So I decided to just sit back and enjoy the crazy journey that Fiona Leitch was taking me on. Dead in Venice was a book that held surprises and humour within its pages. Alongside twisty and at times dark elements. It’s safe to say that I’m already looking forward to catching up with Bella and seeing what trouble she can find in the next book.

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