My first novel Brushstrokes in Time is set in China and the USA, Not so Black and White (with Nancy Mudenyo Hunt) is located in London and west Kenya and Sculpting the Elephant in Oxford and India. My fourth novel, launched this week as an eBook, couldn’t be closer to home.  It’s set in the village where I live one and a half miles from Carfax at the heart of Oxford.  Flowing through the city to Iffley, Kennington, Sandford , Radley and Abingdon is the River Thames. Its beauty and force of nature flows through the narrative.

 A few reviews of CURRENT of DEATH

Peter Tickler: Author of The Oxford Murders

Dodgy goings-on, slippery developers, slavery, and Extinction Rebellion all feature in this crime novel in which Sylvia’s passion for her home village shines through.

John Argyle: Chairman of the Friends of Kennington Library and volunteer lock keeper.

A gripping murder mystery set on the River Thames, Current of Death might be a first venture into the crime genre from a very talented writer, but I hope that it isn’t the last.

AndyFFrench of the Oxford Mail   

‘Sylvia Vetta has been exploring Oxford’s waterways for many years so she is perfectly placed to imagine dark deeds in a village she knows well.’

Andy knows that because I have written up  family river walks for his paper.  This one passes key places in Current of Death. It has pictures!

My main characters are more diverse that is usual in the genre. I do hope you like them. If you do, I have a sequel in mind! Please let me know.The print preview has arrived.

The first launch  will be at the Oxford Indie Book Fair which I help organize. It is proving popular so we have moved to bigger premises the Oxford University Examination Schools. That means we have doubled in size. (See Exhibitor Directory on the website.)#oxfordindiebookfair

The fair will be opened by the inspirational new Vice Chancellor, Professor Irene Tracey CBE FRS BMedSci, who  grew up  and was educated in the large village of Kidlington to the north of Oxford. With the exception of a few years at Harvard Medical School, she has spent her career in Oxford. She was Warden of Merton College from 2019-22 and is also Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

Here is a pic of where I will launch the paperback. DO COME –Its free and fun and in a fascinating building. Something for all ages including lots for families, fiction, non- fiction ,poetry, illustration, comics , free talks and more.


The Friends of Kennington Library  have an entertaining Murder Mystery Event  to launch it in the village

See poster.Murder Mystery