Author(s): Fiona Paul
Cassandra Caravello is part of Venice's wealthy elite. Her world is one of fabulous gowns, society parties and privilege, yet she longs for something more. While her fiance is away studying in Paris, she has a chance meeting with an artist called Falco. He is attractive, audacious...and highly unsuitable. When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman - with a bloody X carved across her heart - she's drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans and killers. Falco is quick to offer his assistance, but then another body is found and Cass starts receiving death threats...Is Falco more involved than she imagined? And will she be able to stay true to her fiance, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for someone she's not even sure she can trust?
'Wonderfully sinister and thrillingly romantic, Venom has it all - secret trysts in graveyards, Venetian canals, murdered courtesans, and masquerades! Fiona Paul created a lush, compelling mystery I couldn't put down.' - Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked. 'Deftly balancing beauty and death, Venom renders the canals of Renaissance Venice frightening and irresistible in a sensual tale where no one can be trusted and passions kill.' - Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade trilogy.