A fast paced, page turning mystery, on the streets of Florence. Fun characters, both historical and fictional inluding Machiavelli in his early years, and Savonarola, the mad monk, add flavor to a sometimes humorous and sometime serious search for a murderer. History, swordplay,pharmacy, religious fervor, and a strong female lead make for a great summer read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to all who like mysteries and historical fiction.
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This mystery/thriller totally drew me in and didn't let me go until I'd finished. The author paints an excellent canvas of detail and intrigue. It makes me wonder if he actually travelled to Italy for any of the research. A strong set of female characters carry the story from start to finish, and leave me wanting more.