Monday, January 14, 2013

Venom by Fiona Paul

Cassandra Caravello is a wealthy, 14 year-old, aristocrat who has lived in a mansion with her Aunt Agnese since her parents’ unexpected deaths 5 years ago. Cassandra has lived the routine life of tutors, lessons, balls and parties until she meets a handsome artist’s apprentice (far below her class in society). Together this unusual and improper pair stumble across the murdered body of a young woman with an X carved into her chest. Cassandra is determined to solve the mystery of the murdered girl. She also must balance her feelings for the artist’s apprentice with loyalty to her fiancé whom she hasn’t seen in years. This pampered young lady is in for the ride of her life as she steps away from the protection of her societal class and into the dangerous underbelly of street life in Venice. 
This book is for people who like historical fiction, mystery, intrigue, sitting on the edge of your seat while the heroine and her partner get into and out of sticky situations. If you are a fan of murder mysteries…this is your kind of book. It is set during the Renaissance period in Venice, Italy
Although it is not my current, favorite genre, (I have been going for fantasy lately), I really liked this historical fiction mystery. There was lots of intrigue as I read to find out if Cassandra and Falco would be discovered in several scary situations. It was interesting watching Cassandra evolve from a protected and naïve girl to meeting and learning about a class of society that has been kept from her completely. There are a couple of very well-written subplots that help keep the story interesting.       Thanks to Mrs. Matuella for this submission. 

Click here if you would like to read a part of this book.

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