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The Madman of Venice

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The London home of Matthew Ashby is visited by the beautiful, famous half-Venetian musician, Emilia Lanier, begging him for help. A young Venetian girl, Sarah, has been accused of witchcraft by a wealthy merchant's wife, and has since disappeared. Is she in hiding? Or worse - kidnapped or murdered?
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Hodder Children's Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Angela
Truth be told, the only reason I picked this book up from the library was because my ten year old slipped it into the stack of books we were going to check out. Why? Because she thought I would like it. I was skeptical, but didn't want to hurt her feelings. I shall be thanking her for picking out this book for me.

The Madman of Venice was a pleasant surprise. Simply put, it was a well rounded delightful read that I highly enjoyed. Sophie Masson's novel is well thought out, her plot twists and tu
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Margaret
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do love books set in Italy and the cover of “The Madman of Venice” seemed quite “adult” …But, here I was tricked. The book is YA/ Teens and therefore, not quite what I expected.

It is a mystery story set in Venice in the seventeenth century and the idea is somewhat appealing. A Jewish girl goes missing from the ghetto and Celia Ashby, who is accompanying her father on a business trip to Venice, decides to do some investigating on her own. The clues point to a very powerful Venetian family and,
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Suzie
Was really keen to get into this book but I found it a bit boring and obvious. There were themes that could have been further explored to make it more interesting, and there too many love stories for my liking
Arina
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
While one is enjoying their ride on the infamous Gondolas, another is killing or stealing. Venice in 1602 is a diverse, romantic, and mysterious city that contains secrets of noblemen and pirates. By examining the romance and mystery in The Madman of Venice, it is evident that the author really tries to create a novel for all audiences, which ultimately illustrates that this is a great read.

When beseeched to find a Jewish girl,Sarah Tedeschi, Master Ashby links his investigation of the plaguing
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Nielson
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Master Ashby along with his daughter, Celia, and his clerk, Ned, embark on a journey to Venice, Italy to uncover who is behind the pirate attacks plaguing Ashby and other London merchants. They have also agreed to help find a Jewish girl accused of witchcraft who has recently disappeared. As Master Ashy and his cohorts work to solve the mystery, Celia refuses to be left out. She convinces Ned, who is secretly in love with her, to help her discover what happened to Sarah, the missing Jewish girl. ...more
Erin Forson
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
The Madman of Venice
by Sophie Masson
I wanted to love this book, and I really tried. But somewhere after meeting the main character, Ned, and seeing what a reactionary, self-centered, jealous, and short-sighted character he was, it was all I could do to drag myself through the pages. The premise of the novel is that Ned, an orphan working for wealthy merchant Master Ashby as a clerk, accompanies Master Ashby and his beautiful daughter to Venice to investigate the disappearance of a Jewish girl. N
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Carrie
OK. I am never reading reviews for a book I'm considering reading again. Going into this, I was worried, because some reviews were pretty negative, and I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy the story. Well, Sophie Masson, you have another fan. I loved this book.

Prepare for a full-on gushfest.

So Venice in 1602 is basically the perfect time/place for an author to set a novel if they want me to read it. As I mentioned in a status update on this book, What's better than beautiful people running around 17th-
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Susan
This book isn't being marketed to the right audience. The cover is so serious and adult, and really this is a middle-grade light mystery/romance inspired by Shakespeare's plays, and it shows in the characters and plotting. Celia is a spunky girl who cross-dresses when necessary, like Rosalind, even though she's named after the more shy cousin. Everyone the group from England meets ends up being significant to the plot. The madman in Act 1 is indeed played in Act 3. Some elements are easy to pred ...more
Skylar
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG. I expected some good writing and some Shakespeare, but what I got was 8000% better. I loved Ned; I think he's an adorable character, and I think that Celia is a really great balance character for Ned, as well as just a great character all by herself. I admit, I started off not liking Henri one bit; I honestly thought that he was just a really stuck up pinhead who was going to get in the way of Ned and Celia. I really liked that he wasn't, though; I like how she incorporated him. I loved the ...more
Monica
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up because the plot looked fascinating--a historic mystery set in Venice. Unfortunately, a plot isn't the only thing needed in a good novel. As I read, I found myself hammered over the head with a romantic plot that seemed out of place in this setting. The plucky female character was just self-centered and downright annoying. The gawky male lead was equally annoying. Granted, both of them could have had some character growth by the end of the book, but I'll never know--once I ...more
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Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Toulouse, France, when she was just a baby and lived there till she was nearly five, when her parents came back from Indonesia and took her to Australia. All the rest of her childhood, the family stayed in Australia, with frequent trips back to France, and this dual heritage underpins a good deal o ...more
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