While spending autumn in Venice, a young American artist, Jenny Kidd, hopes to create a portfolio of paintings to launch her career and establish her independence from her tyrannical father. At the Guggenheim Collection, she encounters Randi, a colorful British woman, who impetuously invites her to a masked ball at the Palazzo Barbon. There, she meets the seductive Caterina Barbon and her brother, Sebastiano, who entice Jenny into a world of glittering façades that cloak sexual perversion, art forgery, and murder. As Jenny struggles between her attraction to Caterina and her growing awareness that she is trapped within the beautiful walls of the palazzo, she discovers an inner strength and spirit worthy of her infamous pirate ancestor.
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Delizioso! Mama mia! Laury Egan delivers an abbondanza of delights in Jenny Kidd. It’s a literary mystery rich in details of Venetian art, cuisine and history. It’s an erotic mystery that will have you tingling. And it’s a lesbian mystery that bristles with self-discovery and self-doubt. Full of (knife) twists and (vaporetto) turns throughout, Egan’s Jenny Kidd had me fingering quickly through the ebook edition even as Jenny Kidd won my heart. What a lavish reading experience! Favoloso!
A Venetian Mystery “Jenny Kidd captures the reader’s attention and maintains the suspense as Jenny struggles with developing her artistic career in another country away from her overbearing father, living in a different culture, and adapting to increasingly strange circumstances and people. Ms. Egan has created a character who is innocent and somewhat naïve, yet one who demonstrates inner strength and courage when she becomes entangled in a mysterious murder. Overall, the plot is quickly paced, but not at the expense of character development. I highly recommend this book.”—R. E. Stagg
Laury Egan's novel Jenny Kidd is, just that, a real trip; for the eponymous central character: literally, artistically, metaphorically, and emotionally. By turns an artful depiction of Venice seen through an artist's eyes, a well-crafted mystery of murder and art forgery, Jenny's enticement into a world of old Venetian aristocracy, her growing sensual attraction to Caterina Barbon - evolving to a torrid, erotic involvement with her, then devolving to a twisted and sinister affaire macabre with Caterina and her Janus-faced brother Sebastiano - and finally the emotional arousal, disillusionment, and resurrection of Jenny's individual personhood. --R.D. Hartwell
Jenny Kidd Is No Kidding Good! Jenny Kidd is a coming-of-age, sexual awakening, artistic validation and success, murder mystery, and masquerade adventure. Although a character-driven smorgasbord, its main character is eminently likable, the plot moves quickly, and the Venetian setting is glorious.