The Botticelli Secret

The Botticelli Secret

Book - 2010
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When the painter Botticelli doesn't pay Luciana Vetra for her work as one of his models, she steals an unfinished painting. After people around her start dying--murdered by someone who wants the painting and its secrets back--Luciana goes on the run, looking for answers.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312606367
0312606362
Characteristics: viii, 517 p. ; 21 cm.

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ryner
Mar 07, 2017

When Luciana Vetra unthinkingly purloins a small work of art following a modeling session with Sandro Botticelli (yes, THAT Botticelli), she is suddenly thrust into a race for her life, not to mention that of a hapless young monk unluckily entangled in her troubles. As they both flee assassins through the streets of Florence and beyond, they realize that the canvas was not merely a painting, but a message portending an imminent political plot of momentous proportions.

A lady of the night by trade, Luciana is a brazen and rather charming heroine with questionable acquaintances and a candid, colorful vocabulary. 'The Botticelli Secret' is at once a thriller, a mystery and a love story.

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mishmishro
Sep 12, 2016

I really enjoyed this book, got involved in the 2 main characters immediately. The details of the painting sometimes became too much for me, and of course, you need to just accept the leaps of understanding they make. But I was pulled in from the beginning and had too many late nights because I didn't want to put the book down!

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55yogini
Mar 06, 2016

Junk food reading. Couldn't stop but left me full of empty calories.

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neuromanson
Jul 25, 2014

What a glorious mess of a novel this is! Obviously written on the fly, the plot jolts about willy-nilly. About half way through, the plot suddenly takes off in a joltingly new direction, even more unbelievable than the first part.

Because she writes so well, I kept reading despite wanting to quit many times. Alas, the plot and characters just kept lumbering on.

A time waster.

librarylil Nov 19, 2012

Lots of twist and turns in this story if you don't like to read earthy don't try it.

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bryan_horton
Aug 01, 2012

I'm just addicted to novels that try to accurately tie in the historical context of the time... in this very successfully. The author loves the language and it shows.

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bridge1
Jul 26, 2012

Fiorato's use of language is something else! Good story and very likeable characters. The book could be half its size and still be very good.

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redwallflower
Jun 16, 2010

I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting and the reader accompanied the characters on a journey through renaissance Italian cities. The suspense of the story captured my attention, but the art history and travel components held it.

While reading, I found myself constantly referring to the small black and white print of La Primavera near the start of the book. So, I printed and cut out a larger colour version which I tucked into the pages for futher reference. It was fun to follow along as the characters "interrogated" the figures in the painting.

This is the second book that I've read by Marina Fiorato - and have enjoyed both equally. I look forward to future stories about Italy with strong female characters.

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