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"Excellent.... The characters are richly drawn.... The novel will captivate and delight."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Transcends the limitations of the genre with ease, not merely because of the author's prodigious erudition, polished prose style and sophistication as a storyteller, but because she has created a character one cares about....A learned whodunit in the tradition of The Name of the Rose."
--The Wall Street Journal on Fish, Blood & Bone
--The Washington Post on Fish, Blood & Bone
"Gives new meaning to the term "intelligent page-turner.""
--Kirkus Reviews on Fish, Blood & Bone
"Lavish and sexy...conveys a sense of India so rich that it ceases to seem a mere country."
--The New York Times Book Review on Bombay Ice
"A riveting murder mystery...complex and vastly entertaining...the toughest, most sympathetic heroine since SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW."
--Harper's Bazaar on Bombay Ice
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted March 19, 2005
I'll admit, this is one book that I could not put down but only because I was expecting that at any moment it would get better. That moment never came. This book is a unique exploration of human depravity, complete with depictions of torture. I wanted to like the characters, to care how they ended up, but I just didn't. Most of the book is simply confusing and not in a suspenseful way. I enjoy books with depth and commend the writer for taking on a challenging subject, but I expected much more.
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Posted June 24, 2005
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Posted May 13, 2004
Middle age art restorer Charlotte Penton travels to Urbino, Italy to work on a fabulous project, restoring a faded Raphael painting, La Muta, The Silent Woman. The renovation assignment is difficult as Charlotte must first peel away the previous ¿repairs¿ to get to the basic masterpiece. Then she applies skill, experience and guesswork to mend the painting................................... Following Charlotte to Urbino is youthful Canadian media star Donna Ricco, who is the pretty girl frontal visage for an arts restoration program. Donna quickly finds the tedious meticulous work boring, but knows she must bear it if she is to get ahead in her career. When a mute woman defames the masterpiece, the two visitors see it differently. Charlotte is appalled but wants to learn why while a gleeful Donna sees a terrific story. As the two North Americans combine resources to learn the truth, they will open up secrets from the war and much more about grandmasters that the town¿s elderly want left hidden....................................... This engaging tale hooks the reader from the moment that the mute woman desecrates La Muta because the mystery within a mystery is embedded in an incredible background tidal wave of art, history, legends with a hint of the paranormal, local politics, and religion. The lead duo is dynamic opposites except both have energy that will make a marathon runner feel like a couch potato. Fans of crime thrillers with an edge will want to read WAKING RAPHAEL and obtain Leslie Forbes¿ previous tales, BOMBAY ICE and FISH, BLOOD AND BONE as this reviewer plans to do............................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2013
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