Venice, 1745. Tito, no longer able to sing, is regaining confidence by staging operas under Maestro Torani's direction. But their beloved Teatro San Marco is in trouble--subscribers are flocking to a rival theater and the Senate is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship. To lure the audience back, Torani charges Tito with finding an extraordinary opera. Who would have thought that a second-rate composer would provide just that? Or did he? The music is so beautiful that people begin to speculate the great Vivaldi himself, dead these past four years, is the actual composer. And then there's the matter of the lead singer. The imported castrato possesses the perfect soprano voice--too perfect, in fact. Is Angeletto all that he appears to be?
As the public outcry over Angeletto's true gender and rumors about a stolen opera reach a fever pitch, Maestro Torani is visciously attacked and killed. Shocked and grieving, Tito must scramble to uncover his mentor's murderer and save the fortunes of the Teatro San Marco.
What people are saying
Publishers Weekly: “Whispers of Vivaldi has all the elements of a rollicking opera buffa; I found myself constantly changing bets on whom the ultimate villain would be (and I was fooled every time)."
Suspense Magazine: "The book is beyond delightful, and many will hear Vivaldi’s famous work, ‘The Four Seasons,’ echo in their minds as they take a walk through Venice and enjoy the world of opera, and the darkness of murder."
Mystery Maven Blog: "Myers spins a devilishly complex yet elegantly simple tale of loss, revenge, renewal and triumph amid the romantic setting of 18th century Venice."
San Francisco Book Review: "The sense of period is beautifully captured, there’s great fun in describing the ego-driven word of opera, and the final explanation for the whodunnit feels right (after we’ve been carefully shown all the red herrings only to have them dismissed)."
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Take a look at the entire series on my TITO AMATO BOOKS page.
If you want to dip into Tito's world, INTERRUPTED ARIA is currently at a bargain price of $.99 for Kindle and other eBook readers. Though each book is a self-contained mystery, reading from the beginning is the best way to become acquainted with Tito's family and his friends and rivals at the Teatro San Marco.
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