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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fiona Paul Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Secrets of the Eternal Rose Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781101577691
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Beauty, romance, and mystery intertwine in this seductive and stunning debut novel.

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancé—but she longs for something more. Ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman—with a bloody X carved across her heart—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. She soon finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin … and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deftly balancing beauty and death, Venom renders the canals of Renaissance Venice frightening and irresistible.”

    Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

  • “The Venetian setting is well chosen for its beauty and mystery, and Paul writes some wonderful, lush descriptions in her debut novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Venom is awash in the aura and mystery of Renaissance Venice with its shadowy canals, water-logged structures, and unique traditions and history…Cass moves among the many worlds of Venice in this debut drama…which will fascinate and compel readers until its all-too-soon final page.”

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  • “Wonderfully sinister and thrillingly romantic, Venom has it all—secret trysts in graveyards, Venetian canals, murdered courtesans, and masquerades! Fiona Paul has created a lush, compelling mystery I couldn’t put down.”

    Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gigi | 2/10/2014

    " ARC. Nothing in this story held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/20/2014

    " Good concept and I loved the scariness of the mystery with the lush setting of Venice. Got a bit long in spots but overall I did enjoy this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " This was so disappointing-- the historical points aren't always right. The book has no plot resolution. I definitely will not read the rest of this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 1/14/2014

    " had some really interesting aspects, but the ending was a little disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/6/2013

    " "Water can be a mirror in which we see our true selves, yet it forms the haze amidst which we hide." - Venom by Fiona Paul "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/20/2013

    " The ending was kind of disappointing, it was alright throughout "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliya | 11/6/2013

    " The tone was a bit informal considering the time period, but I loved this book overall. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 10/6/2013

    " I actually don't like both Falco and Luca... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/20/2013

    " who will she choose?!?!?! gawd! her betrothed or her lover??? i need to find out. i couldnt put this book down. omfgintnb. mi dispiace if you dont understand what the jumble of letter mean. but they do mean something. lol ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 7/15/2013

    " Loved the intrigue, the characters and the setting of this novel. So looking forward to the next one in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryan | 12/23/2012

    " I loved it, I could not put it down at some points!! It has been awhile since a novel this engaging and interesting has kept me up until 3am!! I is an good book for anyone looking for an Italian adventure!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/12/2012

    " I feel like this could've been okay but the lack of attention to historical detail and the dialogue just killed it for me. This could've been a murder mystery in modern times but it certainly didn't work as Renaissance Italy. "

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About the Author

Fiona Paul is a writer and registered nurse who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.