Venice, 1742. Tito Amato is once again singing lead roles at the Teatro San Marco. On opening night, the famous castrato has the entire audience entranced-except for one box with its scarlet curtains stubbornly drawn. He is astounded when the curtains part and a woman tumbles over the railing.
The victim is Zulietta Giardino, a mischievous courtesan involved with a young glass maker. As Tito was the only one to see the masked man who pushed Zulietta to her death, the chief of Venice's rudimentary police force requests the singer's assistance.
Tito also faces troubles at home. His neighbors regard his household as theatrical riffraff and disdain his wife, Liya, as an apostate Jew. Tito's difficulties collide when the masked killer transfers his vengeance to Tito's loved ones.
Beverle Graves Myers has earned nominations for the Macavity, Derringer, and Kentucky Literary Awards. A retired psychiatrist, Bev is also a lifelong opera lover and avid traveler. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Lawrence.