Friday, 12 April 2013

My Review of 'Dante's Numbers' by David Hewson

Dante's Numbers (Nic Costa, #7)Dante's Numbers by David Hewson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dante’s Numbers, the seventh in David Hewson’s series featuring Rome detective, Nic Costa and his colleagues, takes us to San Francisco and a story involving a mega-movie based on Dante’s Inferno. I must admit I miss the Rome and Venice settings I associate with these characters, but Hewson, as usual, takes us on a wild ride, full of more twists and turns than the Amalfi Drive, and finishes up with one of his usual shocker endings.

These books are so cinematic that I wonder why they haven’t yet appeared as a movie or a mini-series. As always Hewson’s writing is compelling and literate (although as a minor quibble, using “apostrophe” three times in one book to describe something having nothing to do with grammar is a bit of over-kill).

I give this book full points as a hard-to-put-down read. However I must caution that the e-book version is full of misprints of the kind that slow the reader down significantly. Words are frequently run together, “hangerson”, “tonow”, “friendlylocal”, “triedtoimagine”. These four examples may be found in just five successive pages. Similar ones occur through-out the book in the Amazon Kindle version. I am quite sure they didn’t originate with the literate Mr. Hewson. Some copy editor somewhere didn’t earn his/her pay. MacMillan, please take note.


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 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


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~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews




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Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?



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