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Painted Veil (Tito Amato Series) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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.
Torani asks Tito to find head scene artist Luca Cavalieri who has failed to come to work; he trusts the castrati to be discrete as he was during the INTERRUPTED ARIA affair. Seeing an opportunity to regain favor, Tito searches for the missing painter; Tito's acquaintance, visiting Englishman Gussie Rumboldt, joins him on the quest. They soon find their target dead, which leaves the opera house in jeopardy since the scenes will probably not be ready on time and the cloud of a homicide places everyone under suspicion, Tito and Gussie continue to investigate hoping to identify the killer in time to save the production.
The second Baroque mystery is a delightful historical mystery that provides incredible insight into early eighteenth century Venice from mostly the perspective of the artists involved in an opera production. The story line is cleverly developed around Tito's attempts to recover from his fall from grace by sleuthing as he sees cooperating through detection as a means to regain favor with Torani. The who-done-it plays second banana to Beverle Graves Myers' aria that looks deep into opera circa 1734 Venice.
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I loved the second Tito Amato book as much as the first...the author uses the mystery genre to explore the intrigues and backstage personalities of early Venetian opera in a world... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Don9194
Well written story that transports one to a long lost world of art, music and powerful politicians. The setting becomes a character and Tito a best friend. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rita F. Ashley
And so does Tito. Set three years after the last story, Tito is now 22. When a famous Castrato comes to town and threatens to topple Tito from the top of the popular charts, he's... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by DRRD
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I have thoroughly enjoyed all four of the Tito Amato Series books that I have read. They're filled with mystery and intrigue set in Venice during the height of Venice's opera... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Marilyn Foster