What Happens In Venice
Number of pages: 160
Word Count: 40,000
Tagline: Among the romantic canals of Venice—and oh so many Italian distractions—can a stunning American lawyer and her psychic sister help the Ghosts of Venice solve a hushed-up crime?
Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer and Interpol expert who, after being offered a job working with the international crime unit in Venice, receives a mysterious postcard from the Venetian Ghosts, the ancient protectors of the Republic. But Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention. Louisa may have dismissed the ghosts, but the ghosts aren’t quite done with her.
When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher the clues. And before she knows it, a flame that was never fully extinguished is rekindled. Sensing that her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to the rescue, only to be lured away by two handsome Venetian men.
With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself?
Keywords: Chick lit mystery ,Venice fiction, Ghosts of Venice, Paranormal mystery, Contemporary women novels
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What Happens In Venice -- A Trinity
Book One, Love Spirits
Book Two, Lagoon Lure
Book Three, Magic Island
Venice kidnapped her. It stole her breath, it made her weep, and she forgave it. This trip was no different. Palazzos flanked the Grand Canal as if playing the role of soldiers obedient to the eyes of tourists who passed in public boats, water taxis and gondolas. These old palaces sparkled on water like porcelain figurines on a glass shelf. A soft breeze rolled across Louisa’s cheeks and it rippled the reflections and transformed the scene. Mesmerized by the magic, Louisa missed her boat stop. No problem, she thought, I’ll find another place for coffee. She refused to drink it alone in her apartment and religiously sipped her brew at one of the little cafes where handsome Venetian men worked. There were many such establishments on her way to police headquarters. When she arrived a few weeks earlier, American lawyer Louisa Mangotti hoped to spearhead the creation of an essential link between Venice police and the rest of the world. But was she leading the department into the future of global law enforcement as she’d envisioned? No, she sat shackled to a desk where she sorted and translated police data because Interpol sent red alerts and formal requests for information in English or French, not in Italian. Therefore, many unsolved crimes remained ignored in the file drawers of the lagoon city, a thriving metropolis and huge tourist destination. And Louisa? Louisa remained bored in a cubicle learning about law and disorder. According to recent updates to her sister, Louisa was focused on everything but international law enforcement anyway:
Ciao Barbara, Remember that lagoon island said to be full of ghosts where patients with the plague were once sent to die? Well many other haunted places exist in Venice too. I don’t believe in ghosts, not like you do, but I am checking out some haunts. I am checking out Venetian men too.
Because Barbara objected, Louisa promised not to explore the haunted island. But didn’t Barbara object to Louisa going to Venice at all this time? Wasn’t it just like Barbara to try to direct everything, even from afar? How much of the seemingly haunted happenings in Venice could Louisa ignore? Blame the postcard, thought Louisa. And as she thought it, a loud bell rang out. Louisa took note. In Italy, it is customary to pause and recall whatever you were thinking when a bell chimes, especially this bell, the one that echoed from the famous bell tower, high above St. Mark’s Square. The massive San Marco bell continued to sound in the serene setting, bang, gong, gong, bang, and it reverberated across the piazza, across the lagoon, to the nearby islands of Murano and Lido. It sounded authoritative and mighty. Every day. For centuries.
Top Ten SEXIEST Ghosts (according to Diana Cachey, author Love Spirits)
You ask yourself, “What was that sound?” You turn, see no one. An eerie warmth washes over tingling skin. The body quivers, feels sensuous, aroused. What just happened? Could it be one of the TOP TEN SEXIEST GHOSTS?
#10 Titanic ghost, Leonardo DiCaprio
An allegedly unsinkable ship, The Titanic sunk when it hit an iceberg. Leonardo DiCaprio became “King of the World” on its bow in the Best Picture. The world saw film footage of its watery grave like shoes and other personal effects of passengers, which sparked a drive to learn about its lost souls.
He’d be higher on the list, if he weren’t just an acting ghost. Who needs the real Titanic ghosts when Leo can light Kate Winslet’s fire and ours. My Heart Will Go On, loving Leo, the man who dies yearning for passion.
#9 Flying Dutchman Sailors & Pirates
Who doesn’t love sailors? Or pirates? The Flying Dutchman, an anomaly of ships, isn’t just haunted. It IS a ghost. Originally from 17th-century nautical folklore, the legendary ghost ship never made port and its rogue sailors cruise in perpetuity. Imagine those handsome pirates, wearing their ruffled shirts, bowed shoes, long curled locks, Tricorn hats, brandishing swords and strong whiskey. Full steam ahead, Johnny Depp style.
#8, #7 Princes Edward & Richard, Some Too Young To Die
At the Bloody Tower of London two Princes, young Edward V and Richard Duke of York, were murdered under authority of Duke of Gloucestershire. According legend, guards who pass the Bloody Tower spot shadows of two small figures still wearing the white night shirts they wore when they disappeared. Silently, they stand before vanishing back into the Tower stones. Poor haunted Princes, but we’ll take a Prince any day, even a ghost.
#6, Ann Boleyn
Once Queen of England, Henry the VIII’s most famous wife, mother of Tudor Queen Elizabeth was executed in the Tower of London. Pictures show she was quite the buxom bride. Her voluptuous ghost appears at the Bloody Tower and other places like Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle, where her and Henry lived during their marriage.
#5 Gettysburg soldiers
Battlefields keep spirits from resting in peace. Trauma, terror and extreme loss of life cause wandering ghosts to appear. During the Battle of Gettysburg over 50,000 men lost their lives. Hundreds of people have experienced the Gettysburg soldier ghosts in places like Little Round Top (headless rider) and the Culp Farm (phantom footsteps). Men who filmed Gettysburg said some of the soldiers who came to the location were not actors. Maybe haunted actors?
#4 & #3 Dead Presidents, John F. Kennedy Tops Abe Lincoln
Dead presidents haunt the White House. Maybe you don’t think Abe is sexy, but JFK? He stole hearts plus married Jackie O, the most glamorous woman in the world. His tragic murder leaves him haunted and restless. Workers also claim to see Abe’s ghost sitting on a bed. While alive, Lincoln knocked when he wanted to be heard, Roosevelt and others heard the knocks when in the White House.
Elvis left the building when he died. Oh did he? People swear they still see him, including his wife Priscilla. Post-death Elvis sightings are so common trashy tabloids stopped reporting it.
People flock to Memphis and Graceland to feel his presence. His ghost is also seen in Nashville where he recorded “Heartbreak Hotel.” A local television production company remains there now and crews claim that whenever someone mentions Elvis, paranormal activity picks up -- lights explode, ladders fall over. Elvis also appears wearing his white jump suit at the Las Vegas Hilton where he famously performed in the 1970s.
#1 Marilyn Monroe
Sexiest ghost, Marilyn Monroe, hovers over her tomb at Westwood Memorial Cemetery in LA, and haunts the house where she died. Marilyn also appears for hours in a full-length mirror, frightening guests at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Looking this sexy deserves stares. Forever.
Diana Cachey is a licensed attorney, published academic, and former adjunct law professor. She also holds a BA in English, and while in law school, she was the first female editor in chief of her university’s law review. The author of the novel Love Spirits, she has trained with several New York Times best-selling writers, including Robert Allen, with more than seventy-two million books sold. For more than a decade, Cachey has been traveling to Venice, the setting of her novel, on extended trips several times a year. The cafés, restaurants, and many other haunts of Venice play a prominent role in her sexy paranormal mystery-romance about a beautiful American lawyer guided by the Ghosts of Venice in the investigation of a hushed-up crime.