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.