• Title: Her Deadly Mischief
  • Author: Beverle Graves Myers
  • ISBN: 9781590582336
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Her Deadly Mischief Venice Tito Amato has regained his zest for performing and is once again singing lead roles at the Teatro San Marco On opening night the famous castrato has the entire audience entranced except
    Venice, 1742 Tito Amato has regained his zest for performing and is once again singing lead roles at the Teatro San Marco On opening night, the famous castrato has the entire audience entranced except for one box with its scarlet curtains stubbornly drawn Annoyed at being ignored, Tito aims the full force of his golden throat at the fourth tier box He is astounded whenVenice, 1742 Tito Amato has regained his zest for performing and is once again singing lead roles at the Teatro San Marco On opening night, the famous castrato has the entire audience entranced except for one box with its scarlet curtains stubbornly drawn Annoyed at being ignored, Tito aims the full force of his golden throat at the fourth tier box He is astounded when the curtains part and a woman tumbles over the railing.The victim is Zulietta Giardino, a mischievous courtesan involved with a young glass maker Did a wager over a rival courtesan s jewels spell Zulietta s death Or did the motive involve sinister events in the glass factories of Murano

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    1. A couple years ago, I was on an author panel discussing different types of heroes, and when I mentioned Ms. Myers's castrato protagonist, Tito Amato, from 18th-century Venice, romance writers in the audience cringed and said, "Ewwwww!" I don't get the "Eww" Tito is just as clever, interesting, and three-dimensional in this fifth book of the series as he was in the first four books. In this book, Tito has settled down to comfy married life and is being a good stepfather to his wife's little boy. [...]

    2. First Sentence: Did I lay eyes on the lovely Zulietta before she died?It is opening night of a new opera and Tito Amato, Venice’s premier castrato, is performing his first aria. It is cut short when he witnesses a struggle occurring in one of the boxes and a woman falls dead into the pit. As the only witness to her death, Tito becomes involved in finding her killer.In an odd way, I loved the opening of this book. While it depicts the vanity and conceit of a premier opera star, it is often that [...]

    3. Here we are transported to the gaiety, the intrigue and the complicated machinations of the ruling classes of that Adriatic gem, Venice. By this time, mid-eighteenth century, Venice is in decline, and no longer the regional superpower with absolute dominion over the Adriatic. Still, her cultural climate is a world-wide force to be reckoned with. That includes her innovative grand opera.Behind the crimson curtain of the Teatro San Marcos, difficult economic times are at work. In the lofty boxes o [...]

    4. Exactly What We Want in Historical MysteriesThe fifth entry in the Tito Amato series, HER DEADLY MISCHIEF, begins when an opera is interrupted in the middle of one of Tito’s solos. As the horrified singer watches, a woman is thrown from a box in the fourth tier. Since he’s the only person who saw the killer, he becomes part of the investigation, but if you’ve read any of the other books in this series, you know Tito would be involved anyway. The man cannot resist a puzzle.Although it pleas [...]

    5. Venice is a city that I love, full of mysterious streets, dark corners and beautiful art. This story by Ms Myers is the first I've read in her Tito Amato murder/mystery series set in this city and I can only stand in awe of her meticulous research of the 18th century period. She portrays without sentiment both the beauty as well as the ugliness of the city and, as other reviewers have said, brings it to life as if one was actually there. But it never feels as if it is cluttered with information, [...]

    6. If you had told me I was going to be totally engrossed by a book about a castrato opera singer trying to solve a murder in Venice set in 1742, I would have scoffed. Laughed out loud.But I picked it up. Started reading. Couldn't put it down.So I'm not an opera fan and I've never been to Venice. But the main character, Tito Amato, describes his life, his work, his Venice and his family in a manner that anyone can relate to. The author, Beverle Graves Myers, has done an outstanding job. I got to ta [...]

    7. Castrato Tito Amato is singing his aria when he witnesses a struggle in one of the exclusive opera boxes. A woman falls to her death right before him. She was a notorious courtesan who was having an affair with a glass-maker’s son.Tito, apparently astute in investigation as well as singing (I haven’t read the other books in the series) teams up with the top official to solve the murder.The author’s knowledge of eighteenth century Venice is powerful, and you feel you walk the streets and sa [...]

    8. A high-class courtesan is murdered in the theater in the middle of Tito's aria. Even if he could have ignored the insult, he can't resist the mystery. He starts with what should have been an advantage: he saw the murderer. Can the disguised figure fool Tito, so at home in disguises himself? And as it happens, Tito's wife knew the murdered woman as a girl. In its margins, HER DEADLY MISCHIEF explores the disadvantages of outsiders in society.

    9. Beverle Graves Myers takes an unusual protagonist and makes the reader fall in love with him. The setting--18th century Italy--is also superb. A total escape that leaves you feeling more worldly. Loved it!

    10. I really liked all of the Tito Amato books, and I was sad to read the last one! I hope the author someday intends to revisit him, I thought he was an enjoyable character and would like to read more of his adventures, and she left the ending very open for continuation.

    11. I'm really enjoying the family that Tito has created! He is a really likeable character and I'm so sorry that the next book is to be the last of his adventures. I hope that BGM will do something else with Tito & company at some other point soon!

    12. I have loved and adored every book in this most wonderful Tito Amato mystery series. Life in 18thC Venice, intrigue, murder - this book has it all. A highly recommended book from one of my favourite authors.

    13. This is the best and unfortunately likely to be the last Tito Amato book. Beverle's plots have consistently improved in depth and complexity with each book in the series.

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