The Mascherari: A Novel of Venice

  • Title: The Mascherari: A Novel of Venice
  • Author: Laura Rahme
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  • Page: 286
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  • The Mascherari A Novel of Venice In this late medieval tale of mystery and the supernatural Laura Rahme evokes a Venice long forgotten From the dark sottoporticos of the Arsenal to the wealthy mansions of Castello and deep within
    In this late medieval tale of mystery and the supernatural, Laura Rahme evokes a Venice long forgotten From the dark sottoporticos of the Arsenal, to the wealthy mansions of Castello, and deep within the secret passages of the Ducal Palace, The Mascherari is an occult tale rich with history Venezia, 1422 Doge Tommaso Mocenigo is on his death bed An evil has come toIn this late medieval tale of mystery and the supernatural, Laura Rahme evokes a Venice long forgotten From the dark sottoporticos of the Arsenal, to the wealthy mansions of Castello, and deep within the secret passages of the Ducal Palace, The Mascherari is an occult tale rich with history Venezia, 1422 Doge Tommaso Mocenigo is on his death bed An evil has come to Venice An evil that will set the course for the future of La Serenissima On the eve of Carnivale five wealthy Venetian merchants set upon a mask maker in the ancient district of Santa Croce They are led by a patrician of ruthless means named Giacomo Contarini The following day the Venice Republic s security council, the most feared Council of Ten, summons the Florentine inquisitor, Antonio da Parma, to hold an inquest on a most baffling case During a sumptuous banquet four of the merchants, including Giacomo Contarini, have met a chilling death.In the throes of this macabre investigation, Antonio da Parma soon finds himself lured by his dreams and visions, and by the mysterious silver pendant that he discovers on one of the dead merchants.Enter the dashing Esteban del Valle, a formidable Dardi trained swordmaster of Nubian origins Esteban grieves his stolen inheritance and the death of his Catalan adopted father He survives, mysteriously, through the influence of high ranking patricians He never removes his mask and has sworn to reclaim his wealth Noble Catarina Contarini has a sad tale to tell Her husband s death weighs upon her and so, too, do the scandalous accusations that have been made against him In her grief, she confides in Antonio da Parma and reveals her shocking secrets But Catarina s darkest secret concerns a witch a Napoletana called Magdalena.Despite himself, Antonio da Parma is drawn ever closer to the magnetic Magdalena He unveils the truth behind the merchants murders and comes face to face with a machination of monstrous evil Antonio begins to realize that his true quest is one he could never have imagined.

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    About Laura Rahme


    1. Laura Rahme is an Australian French writer based in Sydney Born in Dakar, Senegal and inspired by her Lebanese, French and Vietnamese heritage, she has a passion for covering historical and cultural ground in her writing.Her novels include THE MING STORYTELLERS 2012 , a historical saga set in China s Early Ming Dynasty THE MASCHERARI 2014 , a historical mystery with supernatural themes set in late medieval Venice and JULIEN S TERROR 2017 , a psychological thriller mystery which pays homage to her Breton roots, and unfolds during and after the French Revolution A fourth novel CHANTILLY A Tale of Car me is also set in France CHANTILLY will tell the secret story of the first celebrity chef, Marie Antoine Car me 1784 1833 and his relationship with one of France s most influential figures, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand P rigord.Laura holds Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Engineering Aerospace Avionics Her non writing career has seen her in the role of web developer, analyst programmer and business analyst She is married to Australian screenwriter, Shane Krause and both are very fond of cakes.Laura Rahme on InstagramFacebook Author PageConnect on PinterestConnect on TwitterAuthor Blog


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    1. Venice didn’t invent the mask, but no society in history ever wore them more frequently.In most societies, they’re merely worn for an evening masquerade, or a Mardi gras parade. In Venice, from the 1200s clear up until Napoleon conquered the Italian Republic in 1797, citizens of every class routinely spent three months (or more) in disguise, donning their Carnival masks the day after Christmas and sporting them until Shrove Tuesday and the start of Lent in early March – an understandable i [...]

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    2. Set in 15th century Italy, The Mascherari is the story of Antonio da Parma, a Tuscan lawyer summoned to Venice to investigate the strangely entwined but seemingly unconnected deaths of four of its leading citizens. The further he digs, the more shocking the revelations. The reader is led deeper into the mystery conjured by the occult and enabled by the designs of the ruling council and its thorough control of the glittering merchant city. As the many layers of this darkly atmospheric and intrica [...]

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    3. The Mascherari: A novel of Venice by Laura Rahme“It bore her face, the face of a ghost that had long vanished and yet its presence seemed so near, so near I had only to reach out, to reach out and grasp it”. To write a novel is to dream a story and write it down on the page. That’s why the power of a really good story is one of true magic. Good stories engage the reader utterly in the writer’s dream so the dream becomes theirs, too. Lyrically written, The Mascherari is a wonderful, rich [...]

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    4. I gave myself a thrill writing this one. This is actually the first book in a historical mystery trilogy I am working on which will see Antonio da Parma and his consort as key protagonists. MALEFICA is the second book. There will be masks there too, but this time Antonio is off to Cologne. I can't wait.

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    5. This book is not for everyone! If you take that statement to indicate that that I am an arrogant, self-important, elitist, you would be quite correct. The Mascherari is a murder mystery set in fifteenth century Venice. A number of highly respected and very successful merchants have died as Carnival began. The small group of leaders who govern the city-state employ an investigator-lawyer from Florence to look into the case. Since I don't know a damn thing about fifteenth century Venice, I will as [...]

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    6. Laura Rahme makes skilful use of an epistolary narrative—journals, depositions and letters—in her Gothic mystery set in early 15th century Venice. This style, reminiscent of classics of the genre, provides the perfect medium for recounting a complex tale of murder, intrigue and horror from multiple points of view.A gang of wealthy merchants, led by Giacomo Contarini, attack an elderly mask maker, ostensibly for not paying his debts. A Florentine investigator, Antonio da Parma, is beat up whe [...]

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    7. A Suspenseful Masked Mystery!I was completely immersed into this powerful novel and thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mascherari: A Novel of Venice, late into the night. The story begins with Antonio da Parma, the “avogadore”, a lawyer summoned by Almoro Donato, a member of the Council of Ten to investigate a series of gruesome murders. It is Carnivale season in the Republic of Venice, and the masks are out in force, hiding the real faces beneath the frills of satin and velvet. And to find the [...]

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    8. The Mascherari is an epistolary gothic-occult mystery novel set in 15th century Venice, The story unfolds through the written testimony, journals, and letters of the main characters. This clever style allows the story to unfold, one exciting turn after another. This is a murder mystery with a luscious plot and a touch of the occult. Venice’s fame for mask making and disguises adds a magic touch to the grandiose vibrancy of the fascinating city known as La Serenissima. Page by page, as each cha [...]

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    9. Mascherari was well researched and written. I found the Cult of Diane interesting. However, it is not my kind of book. It took me awhile to get into it and I think I finished it for spite, if nothing else. For those who enjoy murder mysteries set in historical times and the occult, you'll have fun with this book.

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    10. Thoroughly enjoyable. Action, adventure, magic & mysticism are well blended in this heavily researched novel. There was a lot more use of occult & witchcraft history than I initially expected & it was such a brilliant surprise to have novel deliver on historic accuracy with none of the crass appropriation seen in a lot of recent books dealing with magic.

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    11. Loved it! Compelling and keeps you guessing. Made 15th Century Venice live and breathe on the page for me. Great fusion of crime and the supernatural. Antonio Da Parma is an exciting new addition to the long canon of fictional detectives. Would love to see him brought back again. A novel I already want to revisit again from a writer I’ll be watching closely.

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    12. Owing more than its fair share to Eco's The Name of The Rose (a particular favourite of mine), in feel moreso than story, this was a wonderful and particularly well researched little delve into Venetian intrigue and magics of the 1400's.

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    13. At first I couldn't figure out why I was reading this book. The writing was ponderous and meandering. I checked back on and saw that it had an overall five star rating so decided to stay with it, assuming it would get better. It did, but not enough to warrant five stars in my estimation. The majority, if not all, of the story is told by writings in journals or written correspondence by various characters. This was not a compelling way of conveying thoughts and emotions. The story revolves aroun [...]

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    14. I wish. I had some ItalianI found this book both enjoyable and confusing. I suppose that for one with more knowledge of Italy and its language would have found the very things which confused me gave them a greater sense of the book's authenticity. I made it to the end, saddened by the deaths of so many of my favorite characters.

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