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The Alchemist's Apprentice (Venice Trilogy Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Enjoyable Read

    You'll like this one if you are into 'who done it' with a few twists and turns. I thought it a fun read. You also get a tour of Venice way back when and probably hasn't changed all that much from today...This book is worth the time you spend reading it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    lighthearted historical occult mystery

    In Venice while the torrential down pours rivals that of Noah¿s, clairvoyant alchemist and astrologer Maestro Nostradamus sends his noble apprentice Alfeo Zeno out in the rain to pick up immediately needed items. By the time the soaked to the bone marrow Alfeo returns to Ca¿ Barbolano he finds darkness awaits him. He knows that means Nostradamus must have foretold something, which he finds in the poor scribble of the clairvoyant. Alfeo scribes the rarely quite lucid quatrain. Nostradamus has predicted the poisonous homicide of Procurator Bertucci Orseolo, who dies at a dinner party. Republic official Raffaino Sciara, Chief Secretary to the Council of Ten, insists that in order for his prophesy to come true, Nostradamus killed the Procurator. Alfeo thinks the officious model for the Grim Reaper, Sciara, is using the seer to further his ambition. Refusing to flee the city, Nostradamus assigns his apprentice to uncover the truth. Alfeo, accompanied by his courtesan Violetta, investigates the murder of Orseolo. --- THE ALCHEMIST¿S APPRENTICE is a fun lighthearted historical occult mystery that brings to life the latter half of sixteenth century Venice through mostly the pseudo scientist practitioners and the political leaders of the era. Interestingly in spite of Nostradamus¿ presence, Alfeo is the ascending star as the whodunit supersedes the fantasy and social-governmental elements. Fans will enjoy Dave Duncan¿s fine amateur sleuth fantasy tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted February 11, 2010

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