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The Botticelli Secret

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Must Read!Mystery...and lot more

This was the first book I ever read by this author and I truly loved it and have read multiple times! It's a story of a Whore Luciana and Monk a novice librarian Brother Guido and the plotting and scheming of a group who wants to rule Italy. Just like in all good myster...
This was the first book I ever read by this author and I truly loved it and have read multiple times! It's a story of a Whore Luciana and Monk a novice librarian Brother Guido and the plotting and scheming of a group who wants to rule Italy. Just like in all good mysteries things are not always what they seem. For hidden in the Botticelli painting is a secret message .These two unlikely people are thrown together in this twisting plot that takes them on a journey though out Italy as they try to decode the message hidden in the painting.

posted by Daffydill on May 2, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not Quite Sure What i Think

I have to admit right up front that I am only about 70 pages into this book at the moment. Generally I give a book 50 pages and, if I am not 'into it' at that point I set it aside for another time. I have read some wonderful reviews of this book though so I know that th...
I have to admit right up front that I am only about 70 pages into this book at the moment. Generally I give a book 50 pages and, if I am not 'into it' at that point I set it aside for another time. I have read some wonderful reviews of this book though so I know that there is a lot of good to the story and I want to get over not liking it. What I am not liking is the one of the two main characters, a prostitute, has a real problem with talking like a long shore woman - aka 'potty mouth'. Not that I am offended by the words generally- I can throw it with the best of them if I have to - but I am not that fond of seeing bad language used in a book - repeatedly especially. Another thing that is putting me off at this point is that there are some very modern usages in this novel set in the time of Italian city states and Botticelli- for example needing to "get a move on". While I don't want to wade through a novel that uses acceptable usage for the time - say olde english - 'get a move on' is a far cry from authentic.

Right now I am giving this a 3 - based on the tempo of the book - which is good. The characters are, thus far, well modeled and the plot, again thus far, hangs together. I will come back and update my review if I can get a move on and wade through the eccentric, shall we call it, language use!

posted by ZQuilts on February 7, 2010

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Could have been much better

    The plot of this book is interesting, but drags. While I understand the author's need to show the female character (a 17th century prostitute) as the bad girl with a heart of gold and how she evolves to something more through her relationship and adventures with a priest, I feel it could've been done much more tastefully without the excess vulgarity. I found myself bypassing whole sections to avoid the filth. If I can follow the story line without the section then why is it in there except for the porn factor and to shock people? The whole book could've been so much more than what it was.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Theme too similar to others

    Plodding and slow to read. I liked the Glassblowers much better.

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