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DEATH OF THE DUCHESS - A Renaissance Mystery: Elizabeth Eyre DEATH OF THE DUCHESS - A Renaissance Mystery: Elizabeth Eyre

DEATH OF THE DUCHESS - A Renaissance Mystery

Elizabeth Eyre

ISBN 10: 0425139026 / ISBN 13: 9780425139028
Published by Berkley, 1993
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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1st print. murder mystery set in Renaissance Italy. A unmarked copy, glossy covers show a little edge rubbing. A couple of very light spine creases.=>Serialized detective Sigismondo. . A marriage is arranged to mend a feud among the nobles. But the bride disappears and her handmaid is murdered., Bookseller Inventory # 004136

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Title: DEATH OF THE DUCHESS - A Renaissance Mystery

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Soft Cover

Illustrator: Not Credited

Book Condition:Near Fine

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The member of a girl gang longs to belong to McKay, the brooding and fearless leader of a guy gang. By the author of Seventh Heaven and Turtle Moon. Reprint.

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Eyre, a pseudonym for the authors also writing as Susannah Stacey (the Inspector Bone series), turns to Renaissance Italy for this first in a series--a clue-laden tale of political alliances, court intrigue, and romantic folderol. When Jacopo di Torre discovers that his daughter has been abducted, he insists it's the work of his enemy Ugo Bandini. But the Duke of Rocca's emissary-- the tall, strong, incisive Sigismondo--is not quite so easy to convince, particularly when the Duke's Duchess is soon murdered in her chambers, and Bandini's son is implicated. Sigismondo, abetted by the not-so-simple simpleton Benno, interviews the household dwarfs; impersonates a nun and reconnoiters a cloister; effects an escape from a dungeon; and engineers a mock-wedding ceremony between the (reclaimed) abductee and the (liberated) cellar- dweller; then, with the cool aplomb of an early-Italianate Sherlock Holmes, untangles the convoluted rivalries, explains away the red herrings, and, with the lice-infected Benno at his side, heads off in search of other adventures. The earnest tone, preponderance of clues, teeming-with- historical-facts narrative--all (with a few deletions) seem better suited to the YA market. As do the characters here. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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