The Madman of Venice
By Sophie Masson
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385738439, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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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.
Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to French parents. The author of twenty-eight novels for adults, teenagers, and children, she is the winner of the Australian Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.