The Queen's Gambit: A Leonardo da Vinci Mystery

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Penguin, Jan 2, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
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“A welcome way to spend an adventurous time in Renaissance Italy.”—Margaret Frazer

As Court Engineer to the Duke of Milan, Leonardo DaVinci turns his superior mind to a variety of pursuits—from advances in painting to the invention of war machines. And with his favorite apprentice Dino to aid him, his keen intellect is perfect for sleuthing. . . .
 
1483. Milan, province of Lombardy. On a royal whim, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, orders a living chess game to be enacted by members of his court. DaVinci conjures the spectacle in a single night, but his latest success turns bitter when one of the “pieces” is murdered.
 
With even the Duke’s closest advisors suspect to treachery, DaVinci is the only man Sforza can trust to conduct the investigation. With his scrupulous eye for detail, DaVinci uncovers a vile nest of secrets—and danger—but the most surprising secret of all may be the true identity of his most talented, most trusted apprentice. . . . 
 
“Impressive . . . Vivid.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Readers can expect plenty of intrigue and danger in this refreshing new series.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
 

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User Review  - nubian_princesa - LibraryThing

A feeble attempt at a great love story. The allure of the Vampire Queen wasn't strong enough to keep my undivided attention 100% of the time. Not sure if I even care to read the 2nd book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
32
Section 3
49
Section 4
63
Section 5
80
Section 6
113
Section 7
131
Section 8
145
Section 12
202
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
248
Section 16
262
Section 17
289
Section 18
302
Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 20
321
Section 21
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Diane A. S. Stuckart is the award-winning author of the Leonardo da Vinci Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Writing as Ali Brandon, she is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series, also from Berkley. She began her publishing career writing critically acclaimed historical romance for Pinnacle Books and Zebra Books under the names "Alexa Smart" and "Anna Gerard." A native Texan with a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Diane now lives in South Florida, though she's still a Westerner at heart. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Cat Writers Association.

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