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Author: Beverle Graves Myers Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tito Amato Mysteries Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781481573054
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best thing about Beverle Graves Myers’ riveting first mystery, which involves the poisoning of a beautiful, aging opera star and the charging of Ravello with the crime, is how quickly we slip into the world she has so expertly re-created, despite its distance and initial oddness. It’s a world where castrati-bashing by gangs of louts on the street (and verbal insults by solid citizens behind closed doors) is a fact of life, where a government would rather have fast action than slow truth, where a powerful businessman buys and sells people along with his other trade goods.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Beverle Graves Myers brings eighteenth-century Venice shimmering to life in this fast-paced and unsettling mytery that boasts atmosphere, layers of intrigue and, in Tito Amato, a most compelling protagonist. A virtuoso debut.” 

    Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome

  • “Myers's absorbing first novel, a historical set in eighteenth-century Italy, introduces a most unusual hero, Tito Amato, who was sold as a child to be castrated and taught to be an opera singer…Readers familiar with Venice will delight in following Tito through the calli and campi where masked revelers celebrate the Carnivale. (One patrician lady uses a seduction technique that might be useful today.) The complicated plot has twists enough for a nineteenth-century opera, but Myers neatly ties all the pieces together by the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 9/13/2013

    " A good mystery with an unexpected but plausible ending. Myers has clearly done her research and captured the feel of Venice. She writes about the life of the castrati with sensitivity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 8/11/2013

    " The writing in this historical genre mystery is competent but unexceptional. However, its plot was well structured, the characters were well portrayed and three-dimensional and the plot was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey | 8/6/2013

    " A nice start to the series. I will probably ready the second one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bkwyrm | 7/2/2013

    " Couldn't hold my interest - well written, but very slow moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 5/29/2013

    " Tight, clean writing. Great settting. Sympathetic detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delta | 5/5/2013

    " Light read... always fun to read mystery in Venice. I'm going to follow the series and see where it goes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 3/26/2013

    " Well done, but rather one-dimensional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2013

    " This was interesting and obviously written by someone knowledgeable about castrati and opera. The ending was a little bit of a stretch but morals of the time allowed for that kind of thing even if its hard to imagine now. I would read more if the books were easily available and free. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/15/2012

    " Well researched stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 11/13/2012

    " For anyone who loves the Baroque period, classical music, or mysteries, this is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 10/14/2012

    " This is the first adventure of amateur sleuth Tito Amato, a castrato singer in 1731 Venice. A WONDERFUL character, fascinating and challenging mystery and painless history of a fascinating time and place. Highly reccommended!! "

About the Author

Beverle Graves Myers practiced psychiatry at a public mental-health clinic before making a midlife career switch to writing. She is the author of the Tito Amato mystery series and the Helluva War series, as well as numerous short stories and articles. Her short story “Haven City” won the 2006 Million Writers Award. She lives in Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Geoffrey Blaisdell is a professional actor who has appeared on and off Broadway, in Broadway national tours, and in regional theater.