Shakespearean series, vol 4
novels inspired by the Bard, number 4: The Madman of Venice

The Madman of Venice, published by Hodder Children's Books, April 2009, in UK and Australia. Also to be published in the USA by Random House.


Venice, 1602. A beautiful city, full of elegant delights--but also sinister secrets and murderous intrigue. A missing girl accused of witchcraft. A powerful Venetian countess bent on vengeance. A deadly plague of pirates infecting the coast. A mysterious madman who haunts the city..

English merchant Matthew Ashby, his daughter Celia and young assistant Ned Fletcher come to Venice to investigate. What they find amongst the glistening canals and golden palaces is much darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. And the shadows thrown by the past are terrible indeed.

Inspired by The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet, The Madman of Venice is a distinctively different historical mystery for young people.

'A true and vivid sense of what makes a fascinating narrative.' (Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials.) 

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