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I read historical fiction, mystery, foodie memoir, and well-crafted YA (sometimes other genres).

Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)

Venom - Fiona Paul This one has been on my to-read list since BEA. I'm a sucker for good historical fiction, and this promised Renaissance Intrigue.Well. It was historical fiction. Set in Renaissance Venice.But.At first, I thought I would power through what felt like a slow start.And then there was the kind of love interest angst that even my 14 year old self might have rolled eyes at a bit. Kind of wanted to whack the heroine upside the head.Also, I think I'd thought, from misreading the cover copy that the heroine was a courtesan in Venice. Or an Assassin. No such luck! I think I kept reading hoping that plot twist would emerge instead of the murders and artists and love affairs and midnight sneaking about.I'll say this- there was enough misdirection about the mystery that I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming.And it's a series? Why is it a series? Bah!