The Darkest Sin by D V Bishop (Pan Macmillan, 2020)
This is the second in the Cesare Aldo series, set in Florence in 1537, and is every bit as exciting as the first. Two deaths are being investigated: it isn’t giving too much away to say that one occurred on the iconic Ponte Vecchio – though the butcher shops lining the bridge in the 1500s present a very different picture to the tourist magnet of today; the other in a convent, where we get an intriguing glimpse of Church politics and the uncertain role of women at this point in history. Both deaths involve unsavoury characters and raise questions of morality; and both carry severe consequences for the people around them.(ISBN: 9781529038828, hardback) Good news: the first book in the series is newly published in paperback: City of Vengeance (ISBN: 9781529038798, paperback, Pan Macmillan, 2022).