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Who do you trust when simply everyone is wearing a mask? A Winter Wedding, Venice, 1923 Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, is getting married… But on arrival in Venice, Posie finds she is walking into a nightmare: her lodgings on the Grand Canal are consumed by fire, her famous fiancé is preoccupied, and most bizarrely of all, her hostess, the Countess R Who do you trust when simply everyone is wearing a mask? A Winter Wedding, Venice, 1923 Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, is getting married… But on arrival in Venice, Posie finds she is walking into a nightmare: her lodgings on the Grand Canal are consumed by fire, her famous fiancé is preoccupied, and most bizarrely of all, her hostess, the Countess Romagnoli, confesses she has a stalker and fears for her life. Tasked with protecting the Countess, Posie investigates the other house-guests and finds that there are disguises everywhere. And when a terrible murder is committed, with the prospect of the killer striking yet again, Posie realizes she must separate out the shadows of the past and the realities of the present in order to uncover the murderer before it is too late. In her most dangerous case yet, Posie works alongside both familiar and new colleagues in order to get at the truth. But will the truth come at a terrible price?


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Who do you trust when simply everyone is wearing a mask? A Winter Wedding, Venice, 1923 Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, is getting married… But on arrival in Venice, Posie finds she is walking into a nightmare: her lodgings on the Grand Canal are consumed by fire, her famous fiancé is preoccupied, and most bizarrely of all, her hostess, the Countess R Who do you trust when simply everyone is wearing a mask? A Winter Wedding, Venice, 1923 Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, is getting married… But on arrival in Venice, Posie finds she is walking into a nightmare: her lodgings on the Grand Canal are consumed by fire, her famous fiancé is preoccupied, and most bizarrely of all, her hostess, the Countess Romagnoli, confesses she has a stalker and fears for her life. Tasked with protecting the Countess, Posie investigates the other house-guests and finds that there are disguises everywhere. And when a terrible murder is committed, with the prospect of the killer striking yet again, Posie realizes she must separate out the shadows of the past and the realities of the present in order to uncover the murderer before it is too late. In her most dangerous case yet, Posie works alongside both familiar and new colleagues in order to get at the truth. But will the truth come at a terrible price?

30 review for Murder in Venice

  1. 4 out of 5

    OLT

    Well, huh. I don't know if this is the series finale of the Posie Parker series. It's a puzzler. With the way this story ends, you'll kind of think: Will there be more? You'll also think: What exactly just happened here? And you may think: Why? Why? Is this how it all ends? Sorry to say this #6 found me very vexed in Venice. So I looked on Hathaway's website. No clue there as to if there will be more Posie P. books after this one. But I must confess that after reading this one, I don't particular Well, huh. I don't know if this is the series finale of the Posie Parker series. It's a puzzler. With the way this story ends, you'll kind of think: Will there be more? You'll also think: What exactly just happened here? And you may think: Why? Why? Is this how it all ends? Sorry to say this #6 found me very vexed in Venice. So I looked on Hathaway's website. No clue there as to if there will be more Posie P. books after this one. But I must confess that after reading this one, I don't particularly care very much one way or the other if the series continues.That's a shame. I was enjoying these little mysteries set in the 1920s with female sleuth Posie Parker. Up until this one, that is. So what's my problem? Well, although I've enjoyed the mysteries, I have not especially enjoyed the personal parts about Posie's love life. In the first book or so she had a romantic interest in Len, her detective-agency partner. That didn't pan out. Then came dashing Alaric, explorer and bon vivant. Although he and Posie have barely spent time together in all these books and they seemed to me to have a very passionless relationship, they became fiances and now, it turns out, are going to meet up and marry in Venice. At the beginning of the new story, we find Posie arriving in Venice, no Alaric in sight to greet her. And more things don't go as planned, to say the least. As you would expect, she meets up with a mystery, a dead body and countless possible suspects. It's a messy mystery with subplots and perhaps too many characters. And there's also Posie's love life to try to make sense of. She's supposed to be getting married, but it's not all roses and lollipops at the moment between her and Alaric. And there's very little real communication between them either. What's good about the story is the time period and the setting. It's Venice. Who doesn't find Venice interesting? And the time is post WWI in Fascist Italy to make it more interesting, although little is made of the political backdrop. This is more of a travelogue of Venice. What's not so good for me are: (1) Posie's personal problems. I've never cared for or been interested in her love life. Her romantic relationships are not well drawn by author Hathaway. They're sketchy and don't engage me. (2) Author Hathaway's rather callous descriptions of two of the characters, one an obese woman and one a gay young man. I'm neither obese nor gay but the way these two were treated in the book did not sit well with me. (3) The mystery was all over the place. As I said earlier in this review, it was messy and had too many subplots and characters, not only old ones such as Inspector Lovelace and the enigmatic Max and fiance Alaric whom we have met up with in previous stories, but also a large cast of new characters. Usually the mystery is my favorite part of a Posie book and the personal issues my least. This time around I didn't care for either very much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A very disappointing entry in the series. And, from the epilogue, it appears it may be the last.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Dickinson

    Below par The Posie Parker books are great but this one was below par. Aleric seemed different and I couldn't understand why the author was doing this ,until the rushed and very disappointing end. It seemed like the author suddenly couldn't wait to end this great series . It was depressing and a let down to readers. Below par The Posie Parker books are great but this one was below par. Aleric seemed different and I couldn't understand why the author was doing this ,until the rushed and very disappointing end. It seemed like the author suddenly couldn't wait to end this great series . It was depressing and a let down to readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Cruz

    1- fatphobic 2- waaaaay too tragic There is nothing cozy about this series

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nobuko

    I enjoyed this book for the most part, but found too tragic. It’s hard to tell what annoyed and frustrated me without spolers. Does the auther got bored with Posie Parker?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I am sorry, but this book was not for me. First, I felt it was much too wordy. It seemed that thoughts and descriptions went on and on. I was not a fan of Posie. She seemed to be a drama queen. If this is the 6th book in a series, surely she would have the routine down pat. And her opinions voiced about other characters were not what I would call very considerate. Continually describing one character over and over as being obese. I got it the first three or four times. I had hoped to find a cozy his I am sorry, but this book was not for me. First, I felt it was much too wordy. It seemed that thoughts and descriptions went on and on. I was not a fan of Posie. She seemed to be a drama queen. If this is the 6th book in a series, surely she would have the routine down pat. And her opinions voiced about other characters were not what I would call very considerate. Continually describing one character over and over as being obese. I got it the first three or four times. I had hoped to find a cozy historical mystery. I found characters who were quite unappealing to me. The plot could be interesting, but I did feel that there were too many red herrings thrown at the reader. I was disappointed, and I am sure it is just me, but I would not want to read another book in this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This story felt different- heavier and darker. I used to think I might want to be friends with Posie however I found myself disliking her in this story. She was a bit impulsive and judgemental about things that mattered and gave up quickly on them. I didn’t like the epilogue either... it was as if the author was done and took a severe shortcut, but then I see there is a book 7.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    The best Posie Parker book yet! The whole series is great but this book is by far the best one yet. Impossible to put down! Starting the next one right now!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Good lord this book was depressing. I read this series because its well written with great characters. and the history is fascinating. But if I had been smart, I would read all the reviews first and skipped this book entirely. Even though, it was a good mystery, the way this story ended was so sad and even morbid. And it seemed as though the series was at end and now another book has come out. So on top of everything else I'm confused as well. This time I plan on reading many reviews before I go Good lord this book was depressing. I read this series because its well written with great characters. and the history is fascinating. But if I had been smart, I would read all the reviews first and skipped this book entirely. Even though, it was a good mystery, the way this story ended was so sad and even morbid. And it seemed as though the series was at end and now another book has come out. So on top of everything else I'm confused as well. This time I plan on reading many reviews before I go forward and get the next book. Very disappointed in this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love the series and will continue reading but this one didn't work for me. Too many threads not spun out in a satisfying way - too convoluted. And the Alaric thing was frustrating. He played a kind of absent role in Posie's life so that we're not really sure why she's marrying him but then has this big heroic end with the frustrating miscommunications. Weird thing with Max. Weird epilogue. Blech. Love the series and will continue reading but this one didn't work for me. Too many threads not spun out in a satisfying way - too convoluted. And the Alaric thing was frustrating. He played a kind of absent role in Posie's life so that we're not really sure why she's marrying him but then has this big heroic end with the frustrating miscommunications. Weird thing with Max. Weird epilogue. Blech.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phil B

    Disappointing. Confusing, and usatisfactory Posie Parker, has traveled to Venice to marry her on-again, off-again fiancé—only to discover that he is carrying on with a famous movie star. This book is piteously over complicated. Posie seems like she is always a step behind. I’m not touching any more books in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The mystery behind the story was interesting. Fires play a huge role in the plot, which goes back and forth in time. Found the fat-shaming part to be a bit awful; also kept wanting to scream at the protagonist and her finance to just talk to each other: so much heartbreak could have been saved if they had just talked to each other instead of avoiding it in anger with each other.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Only awarding 2 stars because of the ending. I could see it coming and almost predicted it but I didn’t like it - sorry Ms Hathaway. Also, I wonder from the tone of the epilogue if this is the last Posie Parker book?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Very disappointing! I really enjoyed this series but this book was awful. Without giving away the ending, it was so bad it was silly. If you’re a fan stop before you read this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauretta

    Wow! Could not put this Posie Parker Mystery down! London sleuth Posie is traveling to Venice, Italy, for her wedding to Alaric Boynton Doyle, but mysterious fires and murders greatly complicate her plan. The suspects are numerous and evil each in his own way, but the revelation of the guilty party is a twisted tale in itself. I only began to suspect who it was near the end of the book. Posie's complicated relationship with Alaric grows even more complicated as their wedding day nears and Posie Wow! Could not put this Posie Parker Mystery down! London sleuth Posie is traveling to Venice, Italy, for her wedding to Alaric Boynton Doyle, but mysterious fires and murders greatly complicate her plan. The suspects are numerous and evil each in his own way, but the revelation of the guilty party is a twisted tale in itself. I only began to suspect who it was near the end of the book. Posie's complicated relationship with Alaric grows even more complicated as their wedding day nears and Posie believes (mistakenly) that Alaric has cancelled the reservation for the chapel. The saddest part of their strained relationship is that they barely have time to speak to each other and even more rarely are they alone. Several reviewers wrote that they disliked the ending, but I disagree. It's a surprise (more like shock!) but there is no indication that Posie will not be back to continue her career as England's foremost female detective.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy G

    Well Well Well, this book was as usual amazing, Posie is off to Venice to get married. She will meet Alaric her soon to be husband there. But before she leaves, she finds an article in a magazine about Alaric and another woman, she tears off the cover of the mag. and heads off for Venice. She will confront him when she gets there. But he is not at the train to meet her, there has been a fire. When they do finally meet the arrows fly. Neither one is too happy, and Posie receives several warnings Well Well Well, this book was as usual amazing, Posie is off to Venice to get married. She will meet Alaric her soon to be husband there. But before she leaves, she finds an article in a magazine about Alaric and another woman, she tears off the cover of the mag. and heads off for Venice. She will confront him when she gets there. But he is not at the train to meet her, there has been a fire. When they do finally meet the arrows fly. Neither one is too happy, and Posie receives several warnings about marrying Alaric. Soon there is murder, oops no wait two murders and Posie feels responsible for one therefore she starts investigating, meanwhile Alaric is nowhere to be found. A surprise awaits Posie as she heads back to the B&B. Inspector Lovelace has been called to Venice. Many revelations are to be discovered by the pair of investigating the murders. Things that were thought by Posie are not as they seem, Inspector Lovelace is in for some unwelcome news.

  17. 5 out of 5

    drew pether

    Oh my goodness how much excitement in this book. This book has been written so well. It's fast paced and you just can't put it down. I NEED the next book to be released asap, I want to know if my own deductions are right as to last part of the epilogue. I'm saying no more as I don't want to spoil the book. It's an absolute MUST read to all Posie Parker and those who want to pick up and read a good murder mystery. I don't normally write reviews but I felt that I couldn't leave this book without sa Oh my goodness how much excitement in this book. This book has been written so well. It's fast paced and you just can't put it down. I NEED the next book to be released asap, I want to know if my own deductions are right as to last part of the epilogue. I'm saying no more as I don't want to spoil the book. It's an absolute MUST read to all Posie Parker and those who want to pick up and read a good murder mystery. I don't normally write reviews but I felt that I couldn't leave this book without saying Thank you so much for writing this book and if I were your editor I would be telling you to get that next book out there as I need to read asap. No pressure 😁

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Posie travels to Venice to get married, but from the moment she arrives things go awry. First the palazzo she was supposed to sty in catches fire. It rapidly becomes clear that it was arson. Then the contessa, a wealthy Englishwoman who was to be their hostess, is poisoned. Meanwhile Posie's fiancee is evasive and frequently absent. Finally, Posie discovers that her wedding has been canceled. Who is behind all these disasters? Why is a Scotland Yard Inspector in Venice? Does the whole horrible e Posie travels to Venice to get married, but from the moment she arrives things go awry. First the palazzo she was supposed to sty in catches fire. It rapidly becomes clear that it was arson. Then the contessa, a wealthy Englishwoman who was to be their hostess, is poisoned. Meanwhile Posie's fiancee is evasive and frequently absent. Finally, Posie discovers that her wedding has been canceled. Who is behind all these disasters? Why is a Scotland Yard Inspector in Venice? Does the whole horrible experience have anything to do with the contessa's will? This 1920's version of Venice is atmospheric, rainy and spectral. A scene in the Frari is especially creepy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    eloise vellucci

    The most interesting adventure I've been to Venice in the spring when the city is at its best. Gateway's description of the city in the winter is perfect background for this latest Posie Parker story. The physical atmosphere adds to the menace of the characters and the confusing mystery which Ms Parker faces. The characters are like the masked revelers ,disguised and hidden. Th he appearance of Max and the strange actions of Aleric, Posey's fiance add to the mystery.I thoroughly enjoyed the well The most interesting adventure I've been to Venice in the spring when the city is at its best. Gateway's description of the city in the winter is perfect background for this latest Posie Parker story. The physical atmosphere adds to the menace of the characters and the confusing mystery which Ms Parker faces. The characters are like the masked revelers ,disguised and hidden. Th he appearance of Max and the strange actions of Aleric, Posey's fiance add to the mystery.I thoroughly enjoyed the well plotted story and developed characters. Twists and turns galore.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Old sins and old wars...(no spoilers here) They cast long shadows and this book is a tangle of justice delayed and wounds left by the losses so endemic of war. I found Posie relatable and as always heading head first into danger. Her life (and others) are forever altered in this book. It was a great story..worthy of Dame Agatha Christie herself! (I've never said that before in a review!). If you have not tried this series...then do yourself a favor and start at the beginning and enjoy!! Old sins and old wars...(no spoilers here) They cast long shadows and this book is a tangle of justice delayed and wounds left by the losses so endemic of war. I found Posie relatable and as always heading head first into danger. Her life (and others) are forever altered in this book. It was a great story..worthy of Dame Agatha Christie herself! (I've never said that before in a review!). If you have not tried this series...then do yourself a favor and start at the beginning and enjoy!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    An entertaining mystery about Posie Parker, the owner of a London detective agency, who goes to Venice to meet her fiancé and get married. Her fiancé, a famous adventurer, seems more interested in other people than Posie and rarely seems to be around. There’s also pictures of him in the tabloids with a beautiful actress. Added to this, the novel is set during the rise of fascism in Italy so Posie is suspicious of the police, although they turn out to be fine, and help solve several murders. Nice An entertaining mystery about Posie Parker, the owner of a London detective agency, who goes to Venice to meet her fiancé and get married. Her fiancé, a famous adventurer, seems more interested in other people than Posie and rarely seems to be around. There’s also pictures of him in the tabloids with a beautiful actress. Added to this, the novel is set during the rise of fascism in Italy so Posie is suspicious of the police, although they turn out to be fine, and help solve several murders. Nicely atmospheric.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debra Belmudes

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love the Posie Parker series! This looks like and end to the series and on the whole, it was quite good, but... it doesn't quite answer what happens to Posie. Her marriage to Alaric looked a bit shaky at the end of the last book and there was no disappointment there, but WHO did Posie end up marrying years later? The assumption is that it was Inspector Lovelace, but...??? And Dolly seemed pretty unhappy with her marriage and the prospects of being pregnant again, but she is mentioned only in p I love the Posie Parker series! This looks like and end to the series and on the whole, it was quite good, but... it doesn't quite answer what happens to Posie. Her marriage to Alaric looked a bit shaky at the end of the last book and there was no disappointment there, but WHO did Posie end up marrying years later? The assumption is that it was Inspector Lovelace, but...??? And Dolly seemed pretty unhappy with her marriage and the prospects of being pregnant again, but she is mentioned only in passing at the end of this book so the reader has no idea of how things settle out for Dolly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    There are a lot of moving parts on this installment of the series and, once again, the personal side of the story tended to pull things off course. I don't want to include a spoiler but I am glad that that part of the story line is finally dealt with. I appreciated that the characters took us to places beyond San Marco -- although I loved the reference to Florian's, which is definitely worth a visit -- to see a bit more of Venice. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the city and reminders of the There are a lot of moving parts on this installment of the series and, once again, the personal side of the story tended to pull things off course. I don't want to include a spoiler but I am glad that that part of the story line is finally dealt with. I appreciated that the characters took us to places beyond San Marco -- although I loved the reference to Florian's, which is definitely worth a visit -- to see a bit more of Venice. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the city and reminders of the dangers of the city from both water and fire.

  24. 5 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Greed, Revenge, and Treachery This is a sequel, but could be enjoyed without reading previous books. Posie Parker has traveled to Venice to, at last, marry Aleric. A suspicious death leads to uncovering old wrongs that need to be righted and new crimes that need solving. It's refreshing that Posie is not yet another amateur sleuth, but instead a real detective who readily works with authorities rather than plowing forward with her own agenda. No sex No strong language Action without gory violence Suit Greed, Revenge, and Treachery This is a sequel, but could be enjoyed without reading previous books. Posie Parker has traveled to Venice to, at last, marry Aleric. A suspicious death leads to uncovering old wrongs that need to be righted and new crimes that need solving. It's refreshing that Posie is not yet another amateur sleuth, but instead a real detective who readily works with authorities rather than plowing forward with her own agenda. No sex No strong language Action without gory violence Suitable for teen- adults

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimber

    Dark and morbid. Very disappointed in this mystery and in Posie...she seemed flighty and her calm coolness that has been so much of her character in others in the series just wasn’t in this book. Neither was her derring-do. In fact, it was almost a hand-wringing, anxiety-suffering, insipid pastiche — and I thought perhaps the author had gotten tired of Posie, but I see there’s another in the series...so I’m now confused as well. And there’s a part at the very end, just prior to the epilogue that Dark and morbid. Very disappointed in this mystery and in Posie...she seemed flighty and her calm coolness that has been so much of her character in others in the series just wasn’t in this book. Neither was her derring-do. In fact, it was almost a hand-wringing, anxiety-suffering, insipid pastiche — and I thought perhaps the author had gotten tired of Posie, but I see there’s another in the series...so I’m now confused as well. And there’s a part at the very end, just prior to the epilogue that I don’t even understand why it was added or needed, it didn’t add to the story at all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Atmospheric thriller An exciting mystery that is set mostly in Venice in1923. Posie Parker is travelling from London to Venice in order to get married to her fiance. Two men from her past appear unexpectedly and add to the mystery. The adventures, and diverse characters, result in an enthralling read which has the suspense ramping up as Posie finds herself embroiled in murders and deception. I found the descriptions of the time and places made me feel as if I was there along with Posie.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    Venice is a city of beauty and exoticism, but also of falseness, deceit, and anomaly. The characters and action of Murder in Venice are built around these attributes. The plot, set in the Venice of the early 1920s, is well constructed and catching. However, the twist at the end of the story spoiled the whole mood. It sounds pointless, to me, and unfortunate to pick up a secondary character near the end of the story, reveal some aspects of his personal life, in order to create an emotional bond w Venice is a city of beauty and exoticism, but also of falseness, deceit, and anomaly. The characters and action of Murder in Venice are built around these attributes. The plot, set in the Venice of the early 1920s, is well constructed and catching. However, the twist at the end of the story spoiled the whole mood. It sounds pointless, to me, and unfortunate to pick up a secondary character near the end of the story, reveal some aspects of his personal life, in order to create an emotional bond with the reader, and then cast on him a shocking misfortune that has little to do with the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Argum

    Posie is off to Venice for her wedding. On arrival she finds a group of people that don't make her feel quite welcome or secure. But she is hired to find out who is attempting to kill her hostess - too late to save the woman. The woman was awful and hinted that Posie's fiance is up to no good. A series of poor communications and allegiances leads to horrible misunderstanding but quite the exciting ending. Posie is off to Venice for her wedding. On arrival she finds a group of people that don't make her feel quite welcome or secure. But she is hired to find out who is attempting to kill her hostess - too late to save the woman. The woman was awful and hinted that Posie's fiance is up to no good. A series of poor communications and allegiances leads to horrible misunderstanding but quite the exciting ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Murder in Venice Posie is in Venice for her wedding but from the start things go wrong. As she finds herself caught up in a murder case Posie has no idea of the tragedy that lies ahead. Without a doubt this is the best book in the series so far. The characters and storylines are constantly getting stronger and stronger. I look forward to the next book in the series to see where L B Hathaway takes Posie next. Highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J Shu

    Posie arrives in Vienna, wedding dress in tow, and discovers that her Viennese place of residence is burning. Inuendos as to Alaric's fidelity arise, characters act mysteriously, and murder occurs. How do all these events relate, and what tragedies await our main characters? Posie helps figure things out with the able assistance of Inspector Lovelace from Scotland yard. I found the characters somewhat confusing at the beginning, but, as the plot developed, everything fell into place. Posie arrives in Vienna, wedding dress in tow, and discovers that her Viennese place of residence is burning. Inuendos as to Alaric's fidelity arise, characters act mysteriously, and murder occurs. How do all these events relate, and what tragedies await our main characters? Posie helps figure things out with the able assistance of Inspector Lovelace from Scotland yard. I found the characters somewhat confusing at the beginning, but, as the plot developed, everything fell into place.

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