Mario Alfieri, the world's most famous tenor, is preparing to make his debut at the Met. As he rents a house facing Gramercy Park, he discovers a pale young woman hiding in its music room. Her love and secrets soon mesmerize the great man. This novel, selected by the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and the Book of the Month Club, has been hailed as "Daphne du Maurier meets Edith Wharton". Set in turn-of-the-century New York, it is a tale of passion, intrigue, and murder.More
"Smart, tender, witty and titillatingly libidinous, Cohen's debut fiction is a credit to the genre of the historical novel. Set in 1894 in the eponymous Manhattan enclave at a time when Mrs. Astor ruled New York society, the novel boasts vivid characters, both sublime and nasty, and a sly and absorbing plot embroidered with period details." (Publishers Weekly)
"Leave[s] us amazed at her ability to re-create a vital, graceful, almost elegiac world....An excellent piece of historical imagination." (Chicago Tribune)
"High society, mystery, and opera merge in Cohen's haunting first novel." (New York Daily News)
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A romance, not a mystery
- Shelly M. Felton