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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverle Graves Myers Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tito Amato Mysteries Release Date:
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Venice, 1734. Castrato soprano Tito Amato, star of Venice opera, has let fame go to his head. Neglecting his vocal practice for dubious pleasures, Tito finds himself demoted to secondary roles and overshadowed by a visiting singer who usurps his position. But when the murder of scene painter Luca Cavalieri threatens to close the opera house, Tito sees an opportunity to reclaim his status and jumps at the chance to find the killer. He is aided by Englishman Augustus “Gussie” Rumbolt, who is in Europe making his grand tour. The hunt for the person who wears the mask of Palantinus carries Tito and Gussie into the treacherous depths of the city of Venice, dedicated as it is to masquerade and pleasure, where Tito matches wits with the masked leader of a secret society bent on the destruction of Venice’s Jewish ghetto.

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  • “Set in 1730s Venice, Myers’ second baroque mystery skillfully guides the reader past the dangers of fame to the nature of music and love, fulfilling the promise of her well-received debut, Interrupted Aria…Myers provides an insightful and tender look at how those who are different—castrati, women, Jews—were treated at the time, as well as a wonderful view of elegant, decadent, nothing-is-as-it-seems-from-behind-the-masque Venice.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Myers’ second Baroque mystery returns readers to eighteenth-century Venice, where castrato soprano Tito Amato is again preparing for an opera role at Teatro San Marco—but not the lead…Along the way, Myers exposes readers to a dark side of Venice: prejudice. Often a victim of ridicule himself, Tito’s heart aches for the Jews, who are forced to live in a locked ghetto and treated with contempt. Like a grand opera, Myers’ story transports readers to a fascinating world of glamour, deceit, intrigue, and passion. Bravo!”


  • “Myers powerfully evokes a long-ago world where beauty walks with treachery and an intrepid hero who can’t afford to lose his voice.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bebe Burnside | 11/3/2013

    " A historical mystery set in Venice. It's the second book in a series and I would absolutely go back and read the first one. Fun and entertaining, plus I didn't realize who done it until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anita | 6/24/2013

    " This book, second in the series, has gotten me ever more deeply addicted to the story of Tito and his personal and operatic adventures. Beyond that, the aura of setting, history and people - all combine to leave you in shock when you look up and find yourself in 21st Century America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eileen Charbonneau | 5/10/2013

    " Second installment of this womderful series finds Tito embroilled in murder and romance and family intrigue in 1730s Venice. Wonderful!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christy | 2/2/2013

    " Enjoying learning about the Venician world of opera and castrati with a mystery for added spice! A little slow at times. "

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About the Author
Author Beverle Graves Myers

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.