The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

A Leonardo Da Vinci Mystery

Book - 2008
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Engineering a living chess game consisting of members of the royal court for Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, Leonardo da Vinci's triumph is marred by the murder of one of the chess "pieces," and he is caught up in court intrigue when he investigates the crime.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425219232
0425219232
Branch Call Number: M STUCKART
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 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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