- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,921,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Whispers of Vivaldi (Tito Amato) Paperback – 7 Jan 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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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.