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The Madman of Venice

by Sophie Masson

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This book is set in Venice in 1602 and features Ned and Celia who, together with Celia’s father, travel from London in order to try and solve 2 mysteries – pirate attacks on merchants’ ships and the disappearance of a Jewish girl. It turns out the mysteries are connected and Ned and Celia need courage and their wits about them to unravel them.
. This book is a fast-paced historical adventure/mystery with a love story thrown in as well and Shakespearean allusions for good measure. You need to pay attention to what is happening or you will get be lost as the plot twists and turns to a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for teens and pre-teens. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385738439, Hardcover)

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. 

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Prosperous merchant Master Ashby travels with his daughter, his clerk, and his sister from London to Venice to investigate pirate attacks, and, once he arrives, he also agrees to look into the disappearance of a Jewish girl who has vanishedfrom the Venetian Ghetto, uncovering link between the two cases and finding his life in danger.… (more)

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