Maltese Author Publishes Mystery Novel Set In Colonial Valletta

23rd January 2018

John Naudi says his love for Valletta helped him evoke life in the city in the 19th century, when it had five times the population it hosts today.

After four years of research and writing, John Naudi has published City of Shadows, a ’mystery thriller’ set in late 19th-century Valletta. The author, 31, says his love for Valletta helped him evoke life in what was then a teeming city with five times the population it hosts today.

The novel sees a British constable, Archibald Whitlock, who is sent to the Maltese islands to help with solving a series of grisly murders haunting Valletta. At the same time, local Dominican friar Lorenzo Testaferrata answers the Lord’s call and goes to great lengths to save his flock from this terrible fate. Amidst the mayhem, troubled Maltese girl, Rita Formosa, gets lost in the dark and narrow lanes of Strada Stretta, where all form of danger lurks.

Paperbacks will be available and book signings will take place at the book launch this Sunday from 6 – 8pm, following a short speech by the author at the Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta. Everyone is welcome and entrance is free.

City of Shadows is also available on Amazon as paperback and Kindle, and can be accessed via

Mr Naudi’s other works include Tales from Alrais, a collection of short fiction stories, and The Downfall of Pride, a narration of his experiences as a lay missionary in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.


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