Whispers of VivaldiWhispers of Vivaldi

A Tito Amato Mystery

Beverle Graves Myers

Poisoned Pen Press

ISBN-9781464202087

288 pages

Genre: Mystery

 

Beverle Graves Myers brings 1745 Venice to life in her latest Tito Amato Mystery. Tito was once the toast of the town as the adored castrato of the Teatro San Marco. He lost his revered voice in an accident, and now assists the Maestro Torani preparing the theater and cast for each new production.

Teatro San Marco must compete against another Opera House for patrons as well as Senate support. Tito must find an opera that will not only sway the vote of the Senate, but also fill all of the seats during Carnival.

A relatively unknown young composer approaches him with a masterfully written opera entitled The False Duke. This could be exactly what Teatro San Marco needs to fill the house and avoid snuffing out the candles for the last time.

The opera is approved, buy with the stipulation that the new up-and-coming castrato in Naples, Angeletto, must be cast for the lead. Tito once again travels to negotiate the contract to bring the acclaimed male soprano to perform the lead role in The False Duke. Unfortunately, Tito’s problems begin to  multiply instead of diminish.

Something odd is going on with Maestro Torani. He seems to be hiding something, even from Tito. Someone attacks him, and then tragically murders him.

Tito is the main suspect of his beloved Maestro’s murder. Rumors swirl around the Teatro San Marco about both the new opera – could it be an original opera or stolen from the great Vivaldi? And could the celebrated Angeletto be a woman masquerading as a castrato? Amid all of these problems, Tito is banned from the Teatro, and from asking questions about the murder of the Maestro. He cannot stop looking for the killer – even if it puts him in mortal danger.

This is the sixth Tito Amato Mystery, but the first one I have read. It easily stands alone as a solid mystery. One might think from reading this review that it is just another cozy mystery set in an unusual location. That would actually be fine, I am the first to admit I love to curl up with a cozy, but this novel has much more depth than most cozies.

Ms Graves Myers takes us on a ride down the canals in a gondola, experiencing murder, adultery, deception and intrigue along with her characters. She paints rich, layered pictures with her words throughout this novel. The plot is served to the reader like a delicious, sometimes rowdy, lovely Italian feast. Each course is a joy to behold, sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter and wonderfully satisfying in the end.  Savor Whispers of Vivaldi, enjoying each chapter as it is laid out before you.

Copyright © 2014 Laura Hartman

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

 

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