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Whispers of Vivaldi: A Tito Amato Mystery    by Beverle Graves Myers order for
Whispers of Vivaldi
by Beverle Graves Myers
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Readers have shared Tito Amato's life through five previous novels in this series. You will remember that Tito is a male soprano back in the Venice of 1745, when young boys with beautiful voices were castrated to preserve their vocal talents! Hard to believe but this was widely accepted.

Unfortunately Tito lost his singing voice in a previous story. He lives a pretty normal life except that he cannot give his lovely woman a child (infertility) or marry her (by law).

The opera house, the San Marco that Tito works in for his mentor Maestro Torani, is in a war to win patrons from their rival house. Tito is beguiled into bringing the new singing sensation Angeletto to the San Marco where the soprano would sing a new opera never before heard. Tito cannot believe that the man who contends he wrote the opera actually did. The music smacks of Vivaldi. Could the score have been written by Vivaldi, long dead? A lost piece?

Things turn dark as Maestro Torani is attacked and killed and authorities have their eye on Tito as the culprit. The suspense picks up and never lets the reader down. There's enough intrigue to satisfy any intrigue lover. Also the touch of living in Venice in the eighteenth century is wonderfully done.

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