It’s the dazzling days of Renaissance in Venice, Italy. Gowns, heels, embroidered handkerchiefs, and a few wealth-wielders all grace the island of San Domenico in which the confined beauty and orphaned Cassandra Caravello is privileged enough to have a taste of. In the midst of peace, Cass finds herself drawn to jotting down her caged feelings in the darkness of cemeteries where the dead don’t judge. But things begin to get complicated…and deadly. Especially when she discovers her dead friend’s grave contains the wrong body!

Suddenly, dead bodies of young girls are missing all over town and with some snarky persuasion from “bad boy” Falco, she’ll embark on a murderous mystery that could both reveal heart-jerking revelations and the reality of a man stalking her every whereabouts. The mystic nights soon become crowded with the brooding, blue-eyed artist Falco, dangerous Italian locations, and stolen gondolas across skinny waterways. Solving the murders and discovering who the grave-robber is as well as other deepening puzzles becomes a hassle for Cass who constantly worries about strict Aunt Agnese discovering her late-night adventures.
Did I mention she’s engaged to a man of perfection in which she hasn’t seen in three years? In “Venom”, Fiona Paul raises the stakes with each chapter and forces your emotions to hop onto the roller coaster of secrets, lies, strangers, drunken kisses, and page-gripping chases. Cass gradually develops into a much stronger, much more confident female lead. Her easily admirable authenticity is what adds depth and reason to this action-packed, story-twisting debut. Just when you think you know who the culprit is, you’ve been outwitted by the warped minds of the numerous in-and-out characters. You’ve never been this paranoid about the true intentions of each person in this chilling first installment in the brand new historical trilogy. I could literally go on and on, but I’d spoil half the exhilarating story! I strongly recommend this to readers who’ve had a taste of “The Luxe” series by Anna Godberson, “Gilt” by Katherine Longshore, and anyone who has a knack for flowing gowns, sultry boys in masks, and a deathly villain with blood on their hands…
— Shelby
About the Book:
Title: Venom
Author: Fiona Paul
Release Date: 10/2012