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Product Details

  • Series: Tito Amato Series
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464200017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464200014
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,151,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Set in 1730s Venice, Myers's 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 (2004). At the Teatro San Marco, soprano castrato Tito Amato is struggling with his demotion to lesser roles when the strangled body of Luca Cavalieri, a talented if unscrupulous set designer and painter, turns up in a canal. Suspicion points to his lover, Liya Del'Vecchio, a "Jewess" whom Tito falls for on sight. When the opera company director asks Tito to investigate Cavalieri's murder, he's only too glad to comply. Accompanied by Augustus "Gussie" Rumbolt, a younger son of English nobility on the grand tour, he explores the first European ghetto. All foreigners are suspect and restricted in the fading sun of Venetian trading pre-eminence, but only Jews are locked up at night in the old ironworks. When a rabble-rousing, pseudonymous pamphlet accuses Liya's cousin of the murder and poisoning wells, Tito gets mixed up in necromancy and secret societies as well. 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.
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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. After a bout of diva excess, Tito is replaced as the star by famous visiting castrato, Francesco Florio, an even bigger diva. Humbly taking responsibility for his own actions, Tito begins working hard to get his voice back in top shape while gracefully dodging the taunts of Florio. Meanwhile, scene-painter Luca Cavalieri goes missing, and theater-director Torani asks Tito to investigate. Jumping at the chance to restore the maestro's faith in him, Tito sets off with his new English friend, Gussie Rumbolt, to find Luca. 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! Jenny McLarin
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More About the Author

Beverle Graves Myers has always loved stories and always asked "why?". An early opera and mystery lover, Bev mixes murder, music, and intrigue in the Tito Amato Mysteries from Poisoned Pen Press. Set in dazzling, decadent 18th-century Venice, this series features an opera singer with a generous heart and a talent for sleuthing. Bev's latest project is a new series--New York in Wartime--set during World War II and co-written with Joanne Dobson. Face of the Enemy is the latest title. Bev also writes short fiction that has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Futures, Woman's World, and numerous anthologies. Bev's work has been nominated for the Macavity, Derringer, Kentucky Literary Awards. A retired psychiatrist, she now writes full time from her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.beverlegravesmyers.com.

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This book kept me entertained for a long weekend.
Time Bender
The story seems to start with a fairly simple mystery and lots of suspects, but soon turns into something much darker and more complex.
L. J. Roberts
Painted Veil is an entertaining read for those who like historical mysteries.
Jan McKinney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Mckinney on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The second installment of the Baroque Mystery series, "Painted Veil", brings 18th-century Venice to life in an engrossing tale of inflated egos, secret societies and religious predjudice.

Tito Amato is back, smarting over losing his star billing at the opera house to a famous castrato from out of town. When the scene painter disappears, Tito jumps at the opportunity to get back into his frazzled director's good graces by finding the man. The painter's body soon surfaces in the lagoon during a citywide celebration. Some want to blame the Jews for the murder, as well as a host of other ills that bedevil the crumbling island city. As the long, hot summer drags on, tension mounts between Venice's Hebrew and Christian inhabitants mount. Nevertheless, Tito comes to suspect that Dr. Palantinus, the masked guru of a mystical society is the real villain.

"Painted Veil" kept me enchanted with the narration of the charming, witty Tito. He's a singer as dedicated to finding justice as he is to regaining the mastery over his voice. All the characters were fully dramatized, and the setting was described in lush, but not overpowering detail. The plot presented a few interesting twists, but I did figure out the identity of the killer rather early. Overall, a very enjoyable read--one of those books you can get completely lost in.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Painted Veil is a mild little mystery, fun to read because of its setting, its period detail, and its glimpse into the Baroque world of opera. Hystrionic divas, hysterical directors, a castrato who rested too long on his laurels, down-at-the-heels aristocrats - the book is peppered with colorful characters. Myers' treatment of the Jewish people in Venice is also quite authentic. The pace of the action is less than breathless, but Painted Veil does make a good summer read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Myers excels at providing us a view of Baroque Venice. Amato is a wonderful, realistic character, surrounded by the cast of the opera and his family. But we are also shown the dark and unpleasant side of this period and city and it's people. The story seems to start with a fairly simple mystery and lots of suspects, but soon turns into something much darker and more complex. This is a wonderful mix of music, mystery and history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Time Bender on August 4, 2005
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This book kept me entertained for a long weekend. Tito Amato is a really different detective and the other characters are interesting. I loved learning how things were in Venice at that time--especially the relations between the ghetto and the rest of the city. The plot had a lot of twists and turns, but wasn't overly complicated. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan McKinney on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Tito Amato makes another appearance in an exciting adventure set in 18th-century Venice. The plot focuses on the Jewish ghetto and the religious hatreds that poison the social climate of the time. Of course, the opera house is not ignored. Tito's investigations are hampered by an obnoxious visiting star who is determined to outdo him on the stage. Peopled with well-fleshed out characters, the plot that seems fairly simple at the start gradually turns more complicated and sinister as it builds to a satisfyingly theatrical conclusion. Painted Veil is an entertaining read for those who like historical mysteries.
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