The Madman of Venice by Sophie Masson

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Romance and mystery merge in this suspenseful tale inspired by Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Venice in 1602 is a vibrant and charming city. Yet beneath this splendor lies a sinister underworld in which murderous pirates and conniving noblemen have woven a tangled network. Along with his daughter, Celia; his clerk, Ned; and his sister, Mistress Bess Quickly, Master Ashby, a prosperous merchant, sets forth from London to Venice to investigate the pirate attacks that have been plaguing English ships. But the group's mission turns out to be far more than they bargained for when Ashby is beseeched to find Sarah Tedeschi, a Jewish girl who has vanished from the Venetian Ghetto after being accused of witchcraft by the powerful Countess of Montemoro. Is Sarah's disapperance somehow connected to the pirate attacks? Nothing is what it seems as Ned and Celia uncover secrets that have been hidden for far too long. 

About Sophie Masson

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Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to French parents. The author of twenty-eight novels for adults, teenagers, and children, she is the winner of the Australian Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.
Published August 10, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Travel, Romance, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And so Ned, Matthew, and Matthew's daughter, with whom Ned is painfully in love, all voyage to Italy.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Madman of Venice


What they find in Italy’s most unique city, in the year 1602, leads to a story driven by the ravings of a lunatic (the Madman of Venice himself), duels, alchemy and so many more intriguing elements that it is difficult even to begin to summarize Masson’s intricate novel.

Aug 28 2014 | Read Full Review of The Madman of Venice

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