A bit of cover lust got my attention for this one, plus YA murder mystery in Renaissance Venice? A must have.
The first 150 pages or so were quite good, intriguing. The mystery was fairly compelling, even if the main character did make me roll my eyes a lot. I just didn't like her. By the middle of the book, I found myself constantly wanting to slap her. She was irritating and whiny. Some of it, I could understand. Given the time period and the girl's upper class social standing. She's trapped and doesn't have a whole lot of choice, her future has been decided for her, a husband picked out. And while he seemed like a nice enough guy, oh look - she's met a handsome artist who immediately grabs her attention.
**Very mild plot spoilers**(show spoiler)
The new love interest, the artist, is a mystery in himself, with some disturbing secrets. But there are way too many questions presented, which our main character, seems to just...accept before getting into her head to start asking questions. It was the same thing over and over. And got tiring very fast.
So while I loved the setting, the story itself did not work for me. Not a series I will be continuing.
Crosses off a square for Holiday Bingo - A Historical.