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The Devil’s Tune by Fran Kempton

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Tour Dates: 26th July - 1st August 2021

Publication Date: 2018

Formats available: Mobi, Epub and PDF

Standalone First book in an Italian Trilogy

Estimated Page Count - 302

Types of post available: Reviews, guest posts, extracts and Q&As

Naples 1585-Carlo Gesualdo, prince and composer, murders his wife and her lover in the palace of San Severo. The murders cause a sensation throughout the courts of Europe.

The deed is witnessed by the wife’s devoted maidservant, Laura Scala, who vows revenge on Gesualdo.  Laura’s own troubled past haunts her as she travels from Sicily to Venice and back to Naples pursuing the strange prince and his cursed household.

She follows him as he goes north to marry a second wife, stopping in Venice, where a gondolier rescues her from drowning and eventually marries her. Laura finds work as a servant in the Ghetto with the fiery Sarah da Costa before tragedy strikes again.

Returning to Naples she meets and befriends the artist Caravaggio and together they travel to the prince’s castle in the country. The artist paints a ‘musical’ portrait and Laura, unrecognized, bides her time.

Will she succeed in her plan to avenge her mistress, or will fate intervene again? Was Gesualdo’s death planned or simply a strange accident – and who was really responsible? Even when Laura and her daughter travel to the New World, Gesualdo’s dark shadow hovers near.

About Fran Kempton

Frances Kempton  is a reclusive writer fleeing from  the clutches of Jane Austen.

She has an obsession with Italy. This is the first book in an Italian trilogy.

Blog Tour Schedule

Capacity per day as shown. Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

26th July


  2. The Magic Of Wor(l)ds

  3. Chez Maximka

27th July

  1. B for bookreview

  2. Snowphiethebookworm

  3. Against The Flow Press

28th July

  1. Jessica Belmont

  2. Curled Up With A Good Book

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