Venice, the dazzling city on the lagoon, is sailing toward the ruin of her maritime empire, determined to go down in a maelstrom of pleasure, music, and masquerade.
Venice, 1731. Opera is the popular entertainment of the day, and the castrati are its reigning stars. Tito Amato, mutilated as a boy to preserve his enchanting soprano voice, returns to the city of his birth with his friend Felice, a castrato whose voice has failed. Disaster strikes Tito’s opera premier when the singer loses one beloved friend to poison and another to unjust accusation and arrest. Alarmed that the merchant-aristocrat who owns the theater is pressing the authorities to close the case, Tito races the executioner to find the real killer.
The possible suspects could people the cast of one of his operas: a libertine nobleman and his spurned wife, a jealous soprano, an ambitious composer, and a patrician family bent on the theater’s ruin. With Carnival gaiety swirling around him and rousing Venetian passions in an ominous crescendo, Tito finds that the most astonishing secrets lurk behind the masks of his own family and friends.
About the author: Beverle Graves Myers, former psychiatrist, switched to writing and has since won the 2006 Million Writers Award. She is the author of short story collections, the Helluva War series, and the Tito Amato mysteries.
I bought this book not really knowing what to expect. I enjoy historical mysteries, but too often the authors don't know much about the era they are writing about. Not so with Beverle Graves Myers. She knows her stuff, both on the history side as well as the Opera and music side. I loved every minute. The reader, Geoffrey Blaisdell, is fantastic. He makes the characters come to life. (Now if he could only sing Tito's Arias.) I couldn't wait to start the next book and downloaded it long before I finished this one. The other two are loaded and ready as well. I hope she continues writing this wonderful series. Bravisimo!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Nice cast of characters, pretty settings, I like opera, a good recipe for a successful book, but a little bit thin in the mystery department. An overall good read, though, enjoyable.