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Whispers of Vivaldi (Tito Amato) Paperback – 7 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464202109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464202100
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"As ever, Myers bring 18th-century Venice to vivid life." --"Publishers Weekly "review of "The Iron Tongue of Midnight"

"The real accomplishment of Myers is her rendering of 18th-century Venice"--"Kirkus Reviews" on "Her Deadly Mischief" "An accomplished historical novel that's also a classic country-house mystery." --"Kirkus Reviews "on "The Iron Tongue of Midnight"


Praise for earlier Tito Amato mysteries... "Venice's Teatro San Marco opera house forms the dramatic backdrop for the start of Myers's absorbing fifth historical ...As ever, Myers bring 18th-century Venice to vivid life." --"Publishers Weekly "review of "Her Deadly Mischief "
"The real accomplishment of Myers is her rendering of 18thcentury Venice." --"Kirkus Reviews "of "Her Deadly Mischief "
"An accomplished historical novel that's also a classic countryhouse murder mystery." --"Kirkus Reviews "of "Iron Tongue of Midnight "
"Myers uses the intriguing 18th-century Italian settings to great advantage." --"Library Journal "of "Iron Tongue of Midnight "

About the Author

Beverle Graves Myers is the author of five previous Tito Amato mysteries, and, with Joanne Dobson, Face of the Enemy set in New York during World War II. Bev, a retired psychiatrist, divides her time between Kentucky and Florida.

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Format: Hardcover
If you've never read a Tito Amato mystery novel, then you are surely in for a pleasant surprise. The story is wonderfully complex with plenty of intrigue, betrayal, innuendo, and murder. Oh, and did I mention the wonderful setting of Venice?

The story centers around the famous Teatro San Marco, Venice's premier opera house, which is struggling to keep its doors open. A rival company has opened and is gaining fame and popularity with opera goers who are quickly abandoning the Teatro San Marco. Desperate to keep its doors open, Tito Amato, a castrato, persuades the director to produce a newly discovered opera by the Great Vivaldi, a native son of Venice. Tito offers to travel to Milano to coax a promising young castrato singer with gaining fame to on the lead role. Much to Tito's surprise, the singer agrees and follows him back to Venice. That's when Tito discovers that the young male singer is really a woman. When the director of Teatro San Marco is discovered murdered, Tito becomes the main suspect and sets out to prove his innocence.

Because of my strong Veneto roots, and having been to Venice several times, I was truly impressed with the author's knowledge and research of the Serenissima, its buildings, and history. She truly brought the story alive with rich descriptions that gave me a strong sense of being there. The main characters, especially Tito, are compelling and as big as life. And of course, the plot was simply enthralling. I definitely recommend this novel not only to lovers of Italian historical fiction, but to aficionados of wonderful, cozy mysteries. This is definitely a book to savour!
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First Sentence: The one thing I never miss about the opera career that had brought me fame and fortune is jolting from one engagement to another in lumbering mail coaches, watching the roadside vegetation unfold in brain-numbing boredom.

Tito Amato is determined to prove himself, to Maestro Torani, as worthy of being the director of the Teatro San Marco. But they are competing for their audience against another theater with a more modern style of programming. When a composer presents to Tito a glorious new opera, styled in the manner of Vivaldi, Tito wants it to be the season opener. The opera house’s patron agrees, but only if Tito can sign Angeletto, a spectacular castrato singer from Naples, to sing. However, is the singer truly a castrato, or a woman in disguise? What is the motive for the brutal attack on Maestro Torani? It all leaves Tito searching for answers.

What a fascinating look at the being-the-scenes wrangling, politics and rivalries of a theater. Myers than takes all those intricacies and incorporates them into the equally complex layers of society and religion.

Oh, how helpful would have been a Cast of Characters. It did become very confusing, at times, trying to remember who everyone was and how they fit into the story. Even so, the characters are fascinating. Tito is the narrator. For those who follow the series, it is interesting to see how his life has evolved. However, it’s of no matter for those who have not as Myers does provide an adequate backstory both for Tito and his wife, Liya. Their relationship adds an extra dimension which brings particular depth to the book and her use of Tarot and scrying set her apart.

The fact that Tito works with the head of investigation, Messer Grande, adds realism to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Tito. Long Live Tito 10 Jan. 2014
By Robert Fine - Published on Amazon.com
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An elegant romp throughout the streets of old Venice when Opera was king and wigs and masks, standard attire. Again Beverle creates a convincing world with the textures of the time. I was at once absorbed into the setting and enthralled with the story. How she weaves the details with time and place is a master class in Historical Novel writing. The depth and consistency of the characters makes this an easy read. Her language and writing are so good they become another character. Can't say enough good things about this last Tito other than, come back soon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 Oct. 2016
By Colorado Grammy - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consitantly Good 1 Feb. 2014
By DRRD - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy this series. Watching as Tito Amato, Venice's celebrated castrato, grow from a young man who is a bit unsure of himself and taken with the rich life of an opera star to a seasoned veteran with harsh life experiences under his belt has been fascinating.

Now in his thirties and looking for a way to support himself and his family, Tito finds himself under the wing of Maestro Torani. Wanting to follow in his mentor's footsteps and help bring the Teatro San Marco back into the spotlight, Tito finds that murder, politics and the opera are sometimes too well mixed.

I'm always glad to join Tito, see Venice through his eyes, and root for him to solve the latest murder mystery and make things right for his family and friends. The series has been consistantly good, and the mysteries interesting. Along with a view of Venice from the eyes of someone who loves it, but makes no excuses for it's dark side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful confection of a mystery 25 Jan. 2014
By Jayne of Mystery - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel is at once a neatly plotted mystery and a lacy confection worthy of the Baroque in gilded, dissolute Venice. The writing is so smooth as to become rapidly invisible, leaving me immersed in the world of Tito Amato: his home life, his singing background and aspirations, his adjustment to his new role as a fêted darling of the haughty ruling families of Venice. The secondary characters are well rounded and believable. The investigation of a dire crime at Tito's first opera job is motivated and convincingly conducted. It was not necessary to know anything about opera, and very little about Venice, to follow this tale, but I learned quite a bit about both without being at all distracted from Tito's travails. A wonderful book, and highly recommended to historical mystery readers and those looking for a solid mystery outside the usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hate to see these characters go 16 Mar. 2014
By Trinity Cause - Published on Amazon.com
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I do hope the author reconsiders and has a change of heart and writes more Tito Amato stories. These characters are too precious to just let go of. I love murder mysteries and the settings, history, traditions associated with these stories is priceless. Ms. Myers, please do reconsider and resurrect Tito.
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