Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society converge in one thrilling debutCassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancĂ©â€”yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parentsâ€™ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape. When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered womanâ€”with a bloody X carved across her heartâ€”sheâ€™s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grinÂ .Â .Â . and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ© or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco? Beauty, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel thatâ€™s as seductive and stunning as the city of Venice itself.