Crime never takes a rest in 16th Century Venice. The Council of Ten again turns to its special investigator Reginaldo Morosini to solve those crimes in the floating City in which the Council of Ten takes special interest. In two novellas and four short stories, Reginaldo deals with death, foreign intrigue, politics, human depravity and the everyday relationships of those whose lives intersect on the calle and canals of Venice. The poisoned bodies of a young man and woman are recovered from a shallow grave on a small island in the lagoon. The dead body being used by an artist's studio for the study of anatomy is discovered to have been killed by a gunshot. An aspiring honest courtesan is found dead in what has the appearances of a suicide. The circumstances leading to the brutal rape of a young girl defies understanding. A baker's death is tied to the election of the doge years before. A young man's mental condition is the product of an unspeakable act. Each of the stories is richly nuanced in the everyday life of 16th Century Venice, intelligent investigative deduction and the sociology and psychology of crime.
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About the Author
Tom Rynard is an author, independent scholar of history, and practicing attorney. In February 2015, he will retire from the United States Army Reserves. Tom's areas of historical research include Renaissance Venice and American cultural history.He received his Bachelor of General Studies degree in history from the University of Kansas, his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law and his Masters in History degree from American Public University. He has published professionally on legal and historic subjects in books and in professional journals. His fictional creation, the Renaissance detective Reginaldo Morosini, has appeared in one novel published by Smashwords and five short stories published in Mysterical-e, www.mystericale.com, an electronic magazine publishing mystery short story fiction. More Reginaldo Morosini books and collections of short stories are in the works. Tom loves traveling, travel photography and long rides on the on his bicycle. He has lived in Italy (30 miles or so from Venice) and Germany while on extended tours with the Army Reserves and has traveled extensively in Europe and Japan.