The Iron Tongue of Midnight: A Tito Amato Mystery

By Beverle Graves Myers
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Geoffrey Blaisdell

The Tito Amato Mysteries: Book 4

10.02 Hours 03/15/2008 unabridged
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In September 1740, singer Tito Amato is offered the lead role in an opera being staged at an isolated villa in the Italian hills. Puzzled by the air of secrecy that enshrouds the production but attracted by a generous fee, Tito agrees. The countryside is awash with the golden hues of autumn, but the bucolic mood quickly turns menacing when a notorious figure from Tito’s past turns up at the villa. That night, at the stroke of twelve, a soprano stumbles over a stranger who has been beaten to death with the clock pendulum. With the local constable away on a boar hunt, the midnight murderer strikes with impunity, raising terror to a fevered crescendo. Tito must pursue his own quest for answers, a quest that leads straight into the painful secrets of his heart and beyond.

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Summary

Summary

In September 1740, singer Tito Amato is offered the lead role in an opera being staged at an isolated villa in the Italian hills. Puzzled by the air of secrecy that enshrouds the production but attracted by a generous fee, Tito agrees.

The countryside is awash with the golden hues of autumn, but the bucolic mood quickly turns menacing when a notorious figure from Tito’s past turns up at the villa. That night, at the stroke of twelve, a soprano stumbles over a stranger who has been beaten to death with the clock pendulum.

With the local constable away on a boar hunt, the midnight murderer strikes with impunity, raising terror to a fevered crescendo. Tito must pursue his own quest for answers, a quest that leads straight into the painful secrets of his heart and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tito proves himself a lively narrator, and fans of cozier period puzzles and Italian opera will enjoy his company as well as the book’s appealingly bucolic, autumnal setting.” Publishers Weekly
“Descriptions of the customs and the countryside of eighteenth-century Italy are colorful, thanks to Geoffrey Blaisdell’s capable reading. Blaisdell’s first-person narration as Tito is appealing, and his other characterizations are nicely understated…It’s all a lot of fun.” AudioFile
“Myers uses the intriguing eighteenth-century Italian settings to great advantage in this lively historical country house mystery.” Library Journal
“An accomplished historical novel that’s also a classic country-house murder mystery.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Beverle Graves Myers

Beverle Graves Myers practiced psychiatry at a public mental-health clinic before making a midlife career switch to writing. She is the author of the Tito Amato mystery series and the Helluva War series, as well as numerous short stories and articles. Her short story “Haven City” won the 2006 Million Writers Award. She lives in Kentucky.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English