Recommended by Gordon Holmes
Sometimes all you need is a fast-paced, intelligent thriller that is half-mystery, half-travel guide - and Dan Brown delivers again with this tale based around Dante’s Inferno.
The usual elements of the Robert Langdon series are all present and correct - medieval literature, historic intrigue, ancient symbols, a secret organization and lots of codes - and this time the journey takes us to Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
This time, Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past 36 hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist with a horrifying solution to the threat of global over-population.
Ignore the literary snobbery around Brown, this is an easy, page-turning read that sets out to entertain and does just that.