Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow is the 2nd Lorenzo Da Ponte historical mystery.
“You! What do you want with me?”
“You know what I want you to do,” the man hissed...
“No!” He tried to shout, but his voice was merely a croak. “No! I will not!”
The old man saw a blurred motion, and then pain seared his neck. An owl hooted in the distance as blood spattered over the stone steps.
“I am dying!” he cried. But he could not hear his own voice, only a loud gurgling, and after a few moments, nothing...
Spring, 1788. Austria is on the brink of war with the Ottoman Empire and already soldiers are dying of disease in the camps along the front. The exiled Venetian Lorenzo Da Ponte—Royal Librettist for the Emperor—is hard at work revising his lyrics for Mozart's opera, Don Giovanni.
And a killer stalks the streets of Vienna.
When the murderer attacks Da Ponte's closest friend, a retired priest, the poet finds himself, yet again, unwillingly embroiled in death and madness. Well aware of how prejudiced the police force can be, and how easily victims can be forgotten, Da Ponte agrees to assist a nobleman Richard Benda in tracking down the culprit.