Out on 20 June 2024

A Divine Fury

D. V. Bishop

20 June 2024
416 pages


The Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger Winning Author

A religious serial killer is haunting Florence and only Cesare Aldo can stop them. A Divine Fury is an atmospheric historical thriller by D. V. Bishop, set in Renaissance Italy.

'Fast becoming a serious rival to C. J. Sansom and S. J. Parris' – Historical Novel Society

Florence. Autumn, 1539.

Cesare Aldo was once an officer for the city’s most feared criminal court. Following a period of exile, he is back – but demoted to night patrol, when only the drunk and the dangerous roam the streets.

Chasing a suspect in the rain, Aldo discovers a horrifying scene beneath Michelangelo’s statue of David. Lifeless eyes gaze from the face of a man whose body has been posed as if crucified. It’s clear the killer had religious motives.

When more bodies appear, Aldo believes an unholy murderer is stalking the citizens of Florence. Watching. Hunting. Waiting for the perfect moment to strike again . . .

A Divine Fury is the fourth Cesare Aldo mystery, preceded by City of Vengeance, The Darkest Sin and Ritual of Fire.

In A Divine Fury, D.V. Bishop leads us on another darkly atmospheric journey through Medici Florence, keeping us constantly on our toes. Who can we trust and whom should we run from? I look forward to finding out what Cesare Aldo does next
D.V. Bishop has such tremendous flair for a thrilling plot, a gruesome mystery, and engaging, relatable characters. It keeps you hooked and guessing all the way to its conclusion. With contemporary relevance about secrecy, hidden lives and cover-ups, Bishop’s books are stories to lose yourself in, with all the sights, sounds and smells of 16C Florence. But above all, this is the very finest in historical thriller storytelling
In Cesare Aldo Bishop gives us a Florentine Shardlake and this is his best escapade yet