City of Masks

City of Masks

Book - 2017
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Its 1358, and young Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is delayed in Venice as he awaits a pilgrim ship to the Holy Land. While the city is besieged by the King of Hungary, Oswald stays at the house of an English merchant, and soon comes under the spell of this decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the edge of Europewhere East meets West. But Oswald has secrets. He is running away from something in Englanda shadow that still haunts him, no matter how much he consoles himself with the delights of Venice. When he finds a dead man at the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation that draws him deep into the intrigues of this paranoid, mysterious city. From the dungeons of the Doges Palace to the convent-brothel of Santa Lucia, Oswald must search for a murderer in this bewildering maze of alleys and canals. When he comes up against the feared Signori di Notte, the secret police, Oswald learns that he is not the only one with something to hide. Everyone is watching (or trailing) someone else; and nobody in Venice is who they appear to be. Masks, it seems, are not only for the carnival.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781681773421
Branch Call Number: MYS SYKES-S
Characteristics: xi, 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

I'd enjoyed the first two books and looked forward to this third mystery. While the plot was interesting, the setting scintillating, and the writing as good as the first two, I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much. Not sure why. Perhaps because the protagonist's character developed in ways that made him much less believable and sympathetic for me. There was also some falling back on tropes that were less creative than previous entries in this series. I'm hoping that the author will leave this character where she dropped him and create something new for me to enjoy.


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