Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna
Release Date - October 2013
Marietta Gatti is forced from her husband's estate after his untimely death. While it's a bit of a shock, this also gives her the freedom she's yearned for. Her late husband never truly loved her, her mother-in-law certainly made it known that she was unliked. What hurts is that her father never responded to her in the years she was in that insufferable situation. She left angry that her father pushed her into this marriage, but he's all she has left. She returns to Venice to find her father and hopefully restore their relationship.
In Venice, Marietta learns her father died, yet those closest to him are saying he has to have been murdered. The police are not doing anything about it, so Marietta begins to investigate his death. When one of his closest friends also dies, Marietta knows something is wrong. Worse, her prime suspect is a man she's becoming quite fond of.
Venice in the Moonlight is a very short mystery/romance. Despite its brevity, it comes off as an intriguing, well-rounded mystery. It's set in 18th century Italy, and I loved the change of pace. Most historical romances take place in England, so I grow tired of the same old setting. Having this historical take place in Italy definitely drew me in. It's more mystery than romance, but that's definitely not a bad thing. All in all, the story, setting, and characters make this a very worthwhile story.