The Pindar Diamond by Katie Hickman - review by Daniel Metcalfe

Daniel Metcalfe

Sultan Blue

The Pindar Diamond


Bloomsbury 279pp £11.99

It is Venice, 1604, a city of dead ends and alleyways, crumbling stucco and private ridotti where fortunes are lost over games of primero. It is a place of courtesans, spies and ex-concubines who live out their best years in island nunneries.

Then one sister upsets the apple cart. Suor Annetta has brought to Venice a rare and valuable thing, a diamond so special it blesses the good and brings sfortuna to the bad. Once in the eye of an Indian idol in Golconda, it found its way to the

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