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Death Unmasked by Karen Neary Smithson is book 2 in the Beth Getty Mystery series, set in Venice, Italy. Beth is on her honeymoon with her new husband, ex-detective Shane. Beth’s sixth sense has never let her down – until now. She didn’t get one warning that her honeymoon was about to be interrupted until she discovered a body with a mask glued to its face in the canal. Shane warns her to stay away and not interfere but Beth can’t do that. The mask is a message but who to and what does the tattoo on the victim’s arm mean? She knows that Shane won’t be happy if she gets involved but her second sight tells her she needs to. A second victim with a carnival mask turns up but this one is not a stranger. Now Beth knows she has to get involved but when she comes face-to-face with the murderer, it’s game on. Can Beth get away with her life intact or will she be the next victim with a carnival mask glued to her face?
Death Unmasked by Karen Neary Smithson is a quirky murder mystery set in the beautiful city of Venice. If you’ve never been to Venice, this story will take you there, with its detailed, vivid descriptions that make you feel like you are traveling along the famous canals. Karen Neary Smithson is clearly a talented writer and the level of research done to write this book shines through. The characters are well developed and, even if you didn’t read the first book in the series, you will learn enough about the main characters to feel you know them well. The plot is steady with enough action and plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested and invested in the story as it winds its way toward the conclusion. This captivating story will keep you entertained all the way through and, although it is part of a series, you could probably read it as a standalone if you just want to be transported elsewhere for a couple of hours.