The Botticelli Secret

The Botticelli Secret

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Luciana Vetra, a part-time model and full-time prostitute in 15th-century Italy, must flee for her life after she stumbles upon a deadly secret while posing for Botticelli's masterpiece "La Primavera."

McMillan Palgrave

In this exhilarating cross between The Da Vinci Code and The Birth of Venus, an irrepressible young woman in 15th-century Italy must flee for her life after stumbling upon a deadly secret when she serves as a model for Botticelli...
When part-time model and full-time prostitute Luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn't mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece "Primavera." But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting--only to find that somone is ready to kill her to get it back.
What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. Fleeing Venice together, Luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting's secrets.
Gloriously fresh and vivid, with a deliciously irreverent heroine, The Botticelli Secret is an irresistible blend of history, wit, and suspense.



Baker
& Taylor

Luciana Vetra, a part-time model and full-time prostitute in 15th-century Italy, must flee for her life after she stumbles upon a deadly secret while posing for Botticelli's masterpiece "Primavera." By the author of The Glassblower of Murano. Original.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312606367
0312606362
Characteristics: viii, 517 p. ; 21 cm

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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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d21221
Sep 13, 2010

Really enjoyed the mystery and travel element of the storyline. The clues in the painting made me want to learn more about the real painting. Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to see "Spring" by Botticelli will enjoy this account. The author's story is unlike her other book which I read yet I thoroughly enjoyed both reads. Strongly recommend for those who enjoy Renaissance period and the colorful characters of the day.

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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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