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The Botticelli Secret
by Marina Fiorato


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312606367
  • ISBN-10: 0312606362
  • Publisher: Griffin
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 517
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 5.48 x 1.49 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.07 pounds

Series: Reading Group Gold

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 28.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

The city-states of Renaissance Italy serve as the vibrant backdrop for this less than successful homage to The Da Vinci Code from Fiorato (The Glassblower of Murano). In 1482 Florence, while prostitute Luciana Vetra is posing for Botticelli’s Primavera, she makes a casual comment that terrifies the artist. Sent away unpaid, Luciana steals a miniature of the painting in revenge. When she discovers that an assassin is on her trail, she flees Florence with the most trustworthy companion she can find, handsome and cultured monk Brother Guido della Torre. As the two decode the secrets hidden in the painting (and fall in love), its meanings send them on a quest through Italy to save their own lives and avert a conspiracy involving the greatest powers of the day. Luciana’s energetic narrative voice keeps the pages turning, but lengthy passages deconstructing La Primavera yield secrets, unlike those in Dan Brown’s bestseller, with little resonance for modern readers. (Apr.)

 
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