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Being talented can be dangerous!
Set in 16th century Venice, Giacomo Bellini ignores Venetian societies unwritten rules for a nobleman and like his grandfather becomes a glassmaker . His romance with the daughter of a prominent senator, sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a false charge of treason. After a corruptly obtained conviction, he is sentenced to five years as a galley slave.
During a fight with pirate galleys, he is badly injured saving a crewmate. Arriving in England, his friends help him to escape and he changes his name to Jacob Bell. In London, his talent brings him acclaim, as the Tudor Queen’s Glassmaker, but his past catches up with him. His dishonest rival, Adrian Ragazoni, now Venetian Ambassador to London, is married to Jacob's love and plotting to kill the Queen. Jacob must solve a mystery and defeat Ragazoni and his assassins, to save his love Maria and the Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I.
“a fascinating, original historical context...the insight into the world of glassmaking is interesting...the backdrop of the story's setting – Venice and London – and the times will also be a key part of its appeal to readers”
Martyn Bedford, Award winning author of Houdini Girl.
“Well developed characters, crisp dialogue, detailed research bringing Venice and London of the sixteenth century alive...the plot races along...an excellent début novel” Staff writer, Peoples Friend Magazine.
“I have just finished reading .. The Glass Dagger, which I most thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite a story, and different from other historical novels which I avidly read. Thank you for such a good read, and now back to dear Jacob !!”