The countryside is awash with the golden hues of autumn, but the bucolic mood quickly turns menacing when a notorious figure from Tito's past turns up at the villa. That night, at the stroke of 12, a soprano stumbles over a stranger who has been beaten to death with the clock pendulum.
With the local constable away on a boar hunt, the midnight murderer strikes with impunity, raising terror to a fevered crescendo. Tito must pursue his own quest for answers, a quest that leads straight into the painful secrets of his heart and beyond.
©2008 Beverle Graves Myers; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Tito proves himself a lively narrator, and fans of cozier period puzzles and Italian opera will enjoy his company as well as the book's appealingly bucolic, autumnal setting." (Publishers Weekly)
and delightful! I wasn't prepared to enjoy these books as much as I have. They seem a bit "overwrought" at first but one gets into the "groove" after an hour or so. This is the second of Tito's adventures for me. I enjoy them very much. After I'm done I am almost surprised I've not heard Tito singing gloriously up to the angels. Good story, well written, dealing with Venice which hasn't been done to death. I loved it!
From the synopsis I expected "The Iron Tongue" to be exactly the kind of historical mystery tale that I most enjoy. Sadly however, the narrator's voice and the author's prose combined in a way that just couldn't hold my attention. I kept losing track of the characters and the plot, and eventually just gave up. Try some Roberta Gellis or Martin Stephen instead.
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