The Darkest Sin (Cesare Aldo series Book 2)

Written by D. V. Bishop
Review by Sally Zigmond

Florence 1537. Cesare Aldo, Florentine crime-fighter in a city with many factions, is sent to investigate rumours that men have been seen climbing secretly into a convent. The more he asks questions, the more he finds the community of women riven by bitter rivalries. Matters come to a head when a naked man is discovered dead and covered in blood deep within the female community, suggesting one of the nuns must be the killer. Meanwhile, Constable Strocchi, on a visit to his home village, discovers the body of Cerchi, another officer of Florence’s criminal court, at the bottom of the Arno. Who killed him and why?

Cesare Aldo is a fascinating character. A man with dark secrets of his own and a deep suspicion of the Florentine elite, he fights for justice among the disregarded and despised. Whiter than white he is not, which makes him the best kind of fictional crime-fighter. In this second novel in this gripping historical crime series, author D. V. Bishop continues to bring 16th-century Florence vividly to life. He is fast becoming a serious rival to C. J. Sansom and S. J. Parris with his page-turning novels. Highly recommended.