Author: Alana J. White
Publisher: Five Star
Publish Date: December 19, 2012
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You're a mystery fan.
- You're an armchair traveler.
From Goodreads.com: "In 1480 Florentine investigator Guid’Antonio Vespucci and his nephew‚ Amerigo‚ are tangled in events that threaten to destroy them and their beloved city.
Marauding Turks abduct a beautiful young Florentine girl and sell her into slavery. And then a holy painting begins weeping in Guid’Antonio’s church. Are the tears manmade or a sign of God’s displeasure with Guid’Antonio himself?
In a finely wrought story for lovers of medieval and renaissance mysteries everywhere‚ Guid’Antonio follows a spellbinding trail of clues to uncover the thought-provoking truth about the missing girl and the weeping painting’s mystifying—and miraculous?—tears‚ all pursued as he comes face to face with his own personal demons."
My Two Cents:
Take a mysterious painting in a church that seems to cry and a mysterious disappearance of a woman who has a lot of pull between the families of Florence and you have this book. Filled with great detail and a historical mystery that was interesting to see come together, "The Sign of the Weeping Virgin" will appeal to historical mystery lovers of all stripes.
Admittedly, this book did take me a little bit of time to get into. There is a lot of detail and a lot of characters in the book and it took me awhile to sort everything out and figure out how all of the players went together. I was interested in the mystery but it took awhile for it to unfold. I almost had to make notes on some of the characters to keep track of who they were and why they were important to the story. This definitely made it a little more slow going for me. Once the book picks up towards the middle, it made it much easier to place all of the various characters.
The real star of this book and a major factor that kept me reading was the setting of this book. I will read just about anything set in Italy. I love, love, love reading about that beautiful country and find it absolutely fascinating. White adds a lot of good detail that makes you feel as if you are walking the streets of Florence while eating a slice of pecorino (om nom nom nom). If you like armchair traveling like I do, I think you will really enjoy this book.
Bottom line: Stay for the travel by armchair!
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