Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Poisoned Pen Press announces the January release of Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Graves Myers

Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Graves Myers. Whispers of Vivaldi (Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0208-7, $24.95, 300 pages/Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0210-0, 300 pages, $14.95/Large Print Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0203-2, $22.95, 420 pages) will be available wherever fine books are sold in January 2014.

In an advance review, Publishers Weekly reports:  “Whispers of Vivaldi has all the elements of a rollicking opera buffa. Though one need not be a music lover to savor the book, it may well stimulate readers to listen to Vivaldi’s magic. If so, so much the better.” 

About Whispers of Vivaldi:  Venice, 1745—an age of reckless pleasures, playful artifice, and baroque excess. 

An accident has reduced Tito Amato’s glorious singing voice to a husky croak. A tragedy—but also opportunity. Tito can reinvent himself as a director of his beloved Teatro San Marco, staging operas to claim Venice’s fickle heart as he had as a singer. With the theater losing subscribers to a rival company headed by an unscrupulous impresario, San Marco’s Maestro Torani charges Tito with locating the perfect opera to fill the seats in time for the opening of Carnival.

Surprisingly, a second-rate composer provides the very thing—an opera so replete with gorgeous melodies it might well have been written by Antonio Vivaldi, Venice’s greatest composer, dead these past four years. “Perhaps the Red Priest did write the opera,” whispers the gossip snaking through coffeehouses and cafés. Even more disconcerting are the rumors swirling around Angeletto, a male soprano Tito imports from Naples to sing the lead. Is this exquisite being truly a castrato, or a female soprano engaging in a daring but lucrative masquerade? More terrible: Maestro Torani undergoes a series of increasingly vicious attacks ending in his murder. And Tito is accused of killing the distinguished maestro so he can become the principal director of San Marco. His own life as well as the future of Teatro San Marco now depends on his skills as a sleuth….

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.

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, and are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at: www.poisonedpenpress.com

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Beverle Graves Myers or an advance review copy of Whispers of Vivaldi are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com

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