The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

A Leonardo Da Vinci Mystery

Book - 2008
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Travel to the Milan of 1483 with this intriguing new series, starring the legendary Renaissance man himself-Leonardo da Vinci. On a royal whim, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, orders a living chess game to be enacted by members of his own court. Court Engineer Leonardo da Vinci conjures the spectacle in a single night, but his latest success turns bitter when one of the pieces-the Duke's ambassador to France-is murdered. Given the brutal climate of court politics, even the Duke's closest advisors are suspect. As an outsider, Leonardo is the only man Sforza can trust to conduct the investigation. With his scrupulous eye for detail, and young apprentice Dino gathering information unnoticed, Leonardo uncovers a vile nest of secrets-while danger, like an ill humor, rises to the surface. But the most surprising secret of all may be the true identity of his most talented, most trusted apprentice.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425219232
Branch Call Number: STU
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm.


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Dec 07, 2010

Serving as an apprentice to the great Leonardo da Vinci, master of arts and engineering for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, is a dream come true for a young nobody like Dino. But the dream turns to nightmare when, during a living game of chess staged for visiting nobility, Dino stumbles across the murdered body of one of the chess ?pieces.? Sforza quickly appoints Leonardo as detective, and Leonardo quickly enlists Dino as his personal crime-solving assistant. Leonardo da Vinci is an imposing figure?enormously gifted, attentive to detail, and coolly analytical. Confident that no one is better equipped to sift through the web of courtly intrigues and political motives than the great da Vinci, Dino is in awe of ?The Master.? And Leonardo will need all that confidence to find the culprit?especially when his talented young apprentice is also in possession of a dangerous, defiant secret. Author Diana A.S. Stuckart has a marvelous time bringing Renaissance Italy to life, complete with vivid glimpses into the masterful mind of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and his many brilliant frescoes and ingenious inventions. It?s a rollicking good mystery too, with lots of period drama and dangerous surprises around every corner.

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