Her Deadly Mischief

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Tito Amato is the primo uomo (first man) in the Venetian state opera house in the mid-1700s. In the middle of one of the famous castrato’s opening night arias, a beautiful courtesan falls from a fourth tier box. But she was dying even as she fell, stabbed in the heart. Tito alone glimpsed the masked murderer.

Along with his beautiful wife and the chameleon-like Messer Grande, Tito searches the duplicitous streets of Veniceand a glass factory in Murano for the killer of the beautiful young courtesan. Was her death the result of a scandalous wager gone awry or were there others who wished her dead? When the trail leads into the Jewish ghetto, Tito hopes for reconciliation between his apostate Jewish wife, her kindly father, and her regimented mother. But can he keep his wife and adopted son safe as they row through canals filled with family strife and a ruthless killer?

Myers evokes a strong sense of place and time as Tito strolls and floats through La Serenissima with a plot that keeps you guessing until the final reveal in the Basilica of San Marco.

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Century

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(US) 9781590582336

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277

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