2010 Release: The Botticelli Secret by Marino Fiorato

The Botticelli Secret
by Marino Fiorato

Release Date: March 30, 2010

SYNOPSIS: In this exhilarating cross between The Da Vinci Code and The Birth of Venus, an irrepressible young woman in 15th-century Italy must flee for her life after stumbling upon a deadly secret when she serves as a model for Botticelli...

When part-time model and full-time prostitute Luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn't mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece "Primavera." But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting--only to find that somone is ready to kill her to get it back.

What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. Fleeing Venice together, Luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting's secrets.

Gloriously fresh and vivid, with a deliciously irreverent heroine, The Botticelli Secret is an irresistible blend of history, wit, and suspense.



  1. I didn't really care for her first novel, but this one would be fun for the Art History Reading Challenge. I'll wait to read a few reviews before giving it a try.

  2. I will be adding this to my TBR list. I shall be anxiously awaiting the release.

  3. I have not seen anything of Pauline Gedge in a long time !!! I remember reading her books back in the 80's

  4. Sounds exciting...my degree is art history.

  5. This sounds interesting, Amy. Thanks for sharing!

  6. The cover is amazing. I think the books sounds great.

  7. I am excited that we are getting to review this book for the round table!

  8. Have added this to my list. Suspense in 15th century Italy, sounds like a good read. I'll be looking for it.


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