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Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    Disappointing and Awkward

    I was excited to read this book, but the writing was clumsy and the dialouge so filled with unnecessary detail that it was hard to follow. The author spent so much time telling and not showing, that the book became boring and I didn't finish it. As an example of the awkward sentence structure, and one I had to reread to glean any meaning out of, page 18, 'Seeing the fear shadowing the wide dark eyes, Lucrezia sought for a way to comfort the girl, and then realized she could use that emotion to correct a behavior that she knew was common to many of the serving girls but was particularly noxious in her situation.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Is Lucrezia Innocent?

    Lucrezia Borgia. Her very name evokes images of evil incarnate, but are they accurate? Author Roberta Gellis believes not. In this mystery, set in the Renaissance court of Duke Ercole d¿Este, Lucrezia¿s new husband, Duke Ercole¿s eldest son, publicly accuses her of poisoning one of her unwanted ladies-in-waiting. Shocked by the accusation and to prove her innocence, Lucrezia sets out in search of the culprit. Lucrezia¿s many relationships¿with her husband, his family, her own family, and her ladies-in-waiting¿are well-drawn. The author¿s previous mysteries, like many of her romances before them, were set in medieval England, and brought that time and place clearly to life. This new mystery, hopefully the beginning of another series, does the same for Renaissance Italy. I enjoyed this book very much, and recommend it to readers of historical mysteries.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting and enthralling renaissance tale

    She is the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and the sister of Cesare Borgia, a ruthless and powerful person, who lives to make war and add land to his empire. Respect of his power and fear of his anger keeps his sister safe at the royal court of Ferrara where she is married to the Duke¿s heir Alfonso. Their marital state is no love match, but a political alliance that furthers Cesare¿s goals. <P>After six weeks of marriage, Alfonso publicly accuses his wife of killing his mistress and her lady-in-waiting Bianca Tedaldo. Lucrezia is angry that her husband would say such things in public after she was making a place for herself in Ferrara. She intends to stop the rumors that are now swirling about her in court by finding the real killer. Just when it looks like she has figured out who the poisoner is, someone impersonating Alfonso¿s brother murders her suspect at a masked gala. Positive that the two killings are linked, she, her two closest friends, and her maid embark upon a search for a murderer who will not hesitate to kill again. <P>Robert Gellis is one of the best writers of historical mysteries (especially medieval and renaissance Europe) in the last decade. Her stories are exciting and enthralling because her research works its way in support of the plot so that the reader feels as if he or she is actually visiting Renaissance Italy. Cameo appearance by Leonardo De Vinci is a nice touch that gives the audience a sense of place and time. Hopefully this will be the start of a new series of mysteries starring Lucrezia Borgia. <P>Harriet Klausner

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