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Publication Order of Nic Costa Books

A Season for the Dead (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Villa of Mysteries (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sacred Cut (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lizard's Bite (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Sacrament (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Evil (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dante's Numbers / The Dante Killings (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Demon / City of Fear (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fallen Angel (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Savage Shore (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Faroe Islands Books

Publication Order of The Killing Books

Publication Order of Pieter Vos Books

The House of Dolls (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wrong Girl (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Sister (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleep Baby Sleep (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Venetian Mystery Books

The Medici Murders (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Borgia Portrait (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Shanghai Thunder (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Semana Santa / Death in Seville (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epiphany (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Solstice (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Native Rites (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucifer's Shadow / The Cemetery of Secrets (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Promised Land (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carnival for the Dead (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Macbeth (With: A.J. Hartley) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flood (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (With: A.J. Hartley) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juliet and Romeo (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoother in the Shadows (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Angels (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baptiste: The Blade Must Fall (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Judith and the Holy Ferns (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Men's Socks (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Circle (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Travels in Spain Non-Fiction Books

Granada And Eastern Andalucia (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seville and Western Andalusia (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallorca (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Introduction to Desk Top Publishing (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quark XPress companion (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
East Anglia: Travels and Short Breaks (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Setting Up in Spain (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wessex: Travels and Short Breaks (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saved: How an English Village Fought for Its Future... and Won (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing a Novel with Scrivener (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing: A User Manual (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harold Middleton Books

The Chopin Manuscript (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Copper Bracelet (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Starling Project: An Audible Drama (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Harold Middleton books are serial thrillers which are compiled by various authors.

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Pleasures(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

A British writer of more contemporary novels, the author David Hewson has been writing for quite some time now, with his unique brand of mystery stories, filled with both suspense and intrigue, that manage to take the genre forward in an idiosyncratic and stylish manner. Offering something that breaks from the traditional cliches of the genre, he works at making it his own, something which his many readers have warmed to over the years. Not only that, but he’s clearly a writer who’s at the top of his game as well, with his books all moving at a clear and confident pace.

Early and Personal Life

Born on 1953 on the 9th of January, the writer David Hewson was born and raised in Britain, where he was to spend the majority of his formative years. With an early passion for both reading and writing, he was to nurture his love for the written word from a young age. Gaining inspiration insight from the world around him, he would hone and refine his craft over the following years, to become the author that he currently is today.

Leaving school at just seventeen he went straight into working for the local newspaper, the Scarborough Evening News, as the cub reporter there. Getting a professional insight into the reporting style, he gained a lot of experience whilst on the job that would serve him well. With a keen ear for engaging stories and people, he quickly learned how to keep his many readers hooked.

Later moving on to work for The Times, the Independent, as well as the Sunday Times, he fast learned what it was people wanted to read. Getting to the heart of the story he was always able to find what worked and what didn’t in a narrative, getting to the center of it almost immediately. This would also help to serve him in his writing of mysteries, as he would work all the details together, giving the reader just enough to keep going.

Now living in Canterbury in Kent, in the United Kingdom, he still continues to write to this very day. Whether it’s a mystery novel or his latest venture into audiobooks, he’s always keeping himself busy and on the go. With more novels to come from him in the future, this looks set to be something that won’t be finishing anytime soon, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Writing Career

Publishing his first full novel in 1986, he later brought out the book Semana Santa, renamed Death in Seville upon its reissue, to much acclaim in 1995, with it even being turned into a film. Reaching the silver screen, the movie would feature Mira Sorvino in the 2002 feature-length title, directed by Pepe Danquart. This would work to cement his name as one of the most prestigious in his field, taking his name far and wide.

Garnering the acclaim of the critical establishment as well, he would not only gain the attention of the critics, but the general public as well. Getting numerous nominations for his work, he would gather a global audience, with his books reaching internationally as well as nationally. With many of his books taking place across Europe, mainly Italy and Amsterdam, this then seemed perfectly apt.

Primarily known for his character of Nic Costa, a cop always looking to do whatever it takes to crack the case, he has built a rather impressive legacy. Still writing to this very day, there seems to be lot more yet to come from this author, including that of his many franchises and characters. With more novels set to be released on the near horizon, it seems that this will continue on into the foreseeable future.

Shanghai Thunder

Initially brought out on the first of January in 1986, this was the which helped to introduce David Hewson to the world as a writer for the first time. Released through the Robert Hale publishing brand, it was to help set the style and the overall tone of how his books were to develop in the following years to come. This is thought to be one of his rarer entries, with there not being many copies of it believed to still be in print, as many have disappeared into the library system over time.

As a very early foray into writing it’s an extremely interesting insight into how he’s progressed as an author, so is a must for anybody hoping to get a lot into how far he has come as a writer. Featuring Michael Hogarth as its art historian protagonist, it follows his attempts to track down a 12th century Chinese painting for the benefit of a Chinese businessman. This turns out to be harder than he first anticipated though, as his journey takes him a lot farther than he’d initially expected, coming into a lot of trouble along the way. Will he find the painting? Who is the business-man and what do they want with painting? What will become of him as he discovers the truth behind the Shanghai thunder?

The Sacred Cut

Originally published in 2005 on the first of January through the Dell publishing house, this was to be the third book in the ongoing Nic Costa series of novels. Following the eponymous detective, they maintain their momentum throughout, keeping up the narrative and sustaining the overall tone, something which its many readers have come to appreciate over the years. That’s not to say that it’s not without its twists and turns, which help to keep the readers guessing right until the very end and on the edges of their seats.

Dealing with a murder in the streets of Rome after a body is discovered, Nic Costa is called to the scene once again to deal with the travesty. The big difference with this case though, is that it took place under the great dome of the Pantheon, and it appears that there have been a succession of similar murders taking place across the world in other large monuments. With the woman being an American, a squad of U.S. agents also descend on the case, something which Nic Costa must also now contend with. Who is comitting the murders? Where will they strike next? What is the secret behind the sacred cut?

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2 Responses to “David Hewson”

  1. Jane Muir-Stott: 6 months ago

    Which is book 10 of the Nic Costa Series? The Savage Garden or Carnival for The Dead?

    • Graeme: 6 months ago

      The Savage Shore. Carnival for the Dead isn’t a Nic Costa book – it stars Teresa Lupo.


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