The Saffron Crocus

The Saffron Crocus Venice Fifteen year old Isabella longs to sing in Monteverdi s Choir but only boys and castrati can do that Her singing teacher Margherita introduces her to a new wonder opera Then Isabella f

  • Title: The Saffron Crocus
  • Author: Alison McMahan
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  • Page: 476
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  • Venice, 1643 Fifteen year old Isabella longs to sing in Monteverdi s Choir, but only boys and castrati can do that Her singing teacher, Margherita, introduces her to a new wonder opera Then Isabella finds Margherita murdered And now people keep trying to kill Margherita s handsome rogue of a son, Rafaele.Was Margherita killed so someone could steal her saffron businVenice, 1643 Fifteen year old Isabella longs to sing in Monteverdi s Choir, but only boys and castrati can do that Her singing teacher, Margherita, introduces her to a new wonder opera Then Isabella finds Margherita murdered And now people keep trying to kill Margherita s handsome rogue of a son, Rafaele.Was Margherita killed so someone could steal her saffron business Or was it a disgruntled lover, as Margherita unbeknownst to Isabella was one of Venice s wealthiest courtesans Or will Isabella and Rafaele find the answer deep in Margherita s past, buried in the Jewish Ghetto Isabella has to solve the mystery of the Saffron Crocus fast, before Rafaele hangs for a murder he didn t commit, though she fears the truth will drive her and the man she loves irrevocably apart.

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    1. Alison McMahan

      Alison McMahan is an award winning screenwriter and author Alice Guy Blach , Lost Visionary of the Cinema Bloomsbury 2002 , won two awards, was translated into Spanish, adapted into a play, and is now being produced as a documentary by a Hollywood production company.McMahan has trudged through the jungles of Honduras and Cambodia, through the favelas of Brazil and from race tracks to drag strips in the U.S in search of footage for her documentaries Her first novel, The Saffron Crocus, a historical YA mystery, was released by Black Opal Books December 2014 She has stories in The Fish Out of Water and Busted Arresting Stories from the Beat anthologies FollowAlison on Facebook.

    243 thoughts on “The Saffron Crocus”

    1. Isabella longs for nothing more than to sing in Monteverdi’s Choir, but in 17th Century Venice, only men may sing in public, not fifteen-year-old young ladies. Isabella’s vocal teacher, Margherita encourages her to keep singing in hopes that she will be able to perform in opera. However, after one of Margherita’s performances Isabella finds her dead, strangled. After Margherita is murdered, secrets about her life begin to surface. The secrets affect Margherita’s handsome son, Rafaele, as [...]


    2. Wonderful novel!I was transported to a Venice of intoxicating sounds and smells, wholly authentic. Isabella is a compelling character, desiring to sing in an era when only castrati tenors can sing the high notes. The descriptions of music are wonderful, as is the plot which takes off racing and doesn't let up until we learn the outcome of a complex and well-designed murder mystery. Lots of lush detail make medieval Venice come alive I'll never forget the water burial in the canal. Gorgeous writi [...]


    3. Alison McMahan's The Saffron Crocus drew my attention because of the setting in Venice. I love books set in Venice during its heyday and The Saffron Crocus sits squarely in that box. And factoring in that the story isn't just a historical, but a murder mystery and YA to boot, accepting this review copy was a no-brainer. And while the book was a fun read with some great twists, I did have my issues with it.Let's get those issues out of the way first. My biggest problem was with the pacing of the [...]


    4. A fast paced, young adult read filled with the mystery promised and so much more.It speaks of a time when women were respected and yet only so much. They were permitted to be seen but not speak their own minds freely. They were allowed to visit with male callers but not without a chaperon in attendance. They were given the chance to let their voices soar in song, but only in the venues chosen by the men that surrounded them. Yes ladies, it was a man's world. *grumble grumble* For our leading lad [...]


    5. At just a couple hundred pages, this book is a very quick read. This book alternates between Isabella’s POV and Rafaele’s POV which actually worked nicely as both POV’s complimented each other.Isabella, though younger than most heroines that I read, is very determined to not only solve the murder mystery but to also overcome any challenge in her path. For being only 15, Isabella is mature and grows as a character.At first I struggled to connect with her just based on her age etc but I like [...]


    6. Alison McMahan weaves a beautiful tapestry of romance, intrigue and long-buried secrets set in 17th century Venice with her latest work "The Saffron Crocus", winner of the Rosemary Award for Best Historical for Young Adults.The pace and plot are almost picture perfect as is the author's depiction of old Venice. McMahan resists the temptation to provide interesting, albeit irrelevant facts about the setting and focuses wisely on the critical aspects of a great story;- character- conflict- plot- r [...]


    7. I hadn’t realized when I accepted this book for review that it was a young adult novel – I do read them I just didn’t take particular note when reading the synopsis. This tale of mystery, murder, song and romance takes place in Venice. Our heroine, Isabella, has a remarkable singing voice and longs to sing in public. Her singing teacher, Margherita, has a magical voice and a history. Not to mention a very handsome son, Rafaele. Margherita has never told her son who his father is. She gives [...]


    8. Author Alison McMahan has written a gem. The Saffron Crocus is steeped in rich history that provides a lush canvas for this tale of music, murder, and romance. This YA novel is set in 1643 Venice with a skillful weaving of plot and period by Ms. McMahan who incorporates the social norms and prejudices of the time into a solid story that hums along at a steady pace. Teens and adults alike will find something here to draw them in. Personally, I loved the total immersion in the Baroque period, a fa [...]


    9. What a fun and interesting mystery. I used to read a lot of young adult fiction and this book is just a reminder of why I enjoyed them so much, add in the historical element and I was taken back to Venice, 1643. Isabella is only 15 years old but I loved her spunk, her desires and her strong nature. It wasn't hard to get to know her and feel how passionate she is about her singing. Rafaele took me a little longer to warm to, but then given his background he had some huddles to overcome. Reading t [...]


    10. Isabella and Rafael are young and impetuous, and maybe a bit quick to judge each other when they first meet. Isabella is the privately tutored singer of Margherita, a former courtesan and saffron business owner. Rafael is Margherita's resentful son, who has just returned from sea. When Margherita is brutally strangled, Isabella and Rafael find themselves thrown together by grief and a desire to find her murderer. Then, when Rafael's friend is also murdered, Rafael becomes a suspect in both death [...]


    11. Isabella, 15, longs to be a singer in 1643 Venice, but as a lady, she’s confined to singing in salons. Her teacher, Margherita, introduces her to the opera, and Isabella sees a new future ahead of her. But when Margherita is brutally murdered and her son is accused of the deed, Isabella shifts her goals to discovering the killer. She’s met Rafaele, who respects her ambitions, and she wishes to help clear his name. But can she resist her aunt’s attempts to match her to another man, who won [...]


    12. For several days, I eagerly followed the story of isabella and Rafaele on their adventures, trials and tribulations - they accompanied me every morning on my commute to and from work, and it was with a tinge of regret that I turned the last page. Alison McMahan is a very talented woman, who writes colorfully and expressively, keeping you hooked at the end of each chapter. Her attention to historical accuracy, together with her use of descriptive language and carefully fleshed out characters, are [...]


    13. The author drew me into the lives of Isabella and Rafaele and transported me to 17th century Venice. Great twists and turns as Isabella struggles to find a way to save her man and attain her hearts desire to be a singer, transforming from a girl to a courageous young woman along the way. The historical detail was fascinating throughout but the plot kept me turning the pages. At times sweet, at times harrowing and always a fun read.


    14. A fun, fast read that blends youthful passion with genuine life and death urgency, woven in a beautiful historical setting that is exceptionally well researched.



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