Book: The Falconer's Knot

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The Falconer's Knot

Author: Mary Hoffman
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Publisher: Bloomsbury

Silvano and Chiara are two teenagers with a difference. Silvano has been accused of a murder he did not commit. Chiara has been ousted out of her family as a young woman with no marriage prospects. For these two very different reasons they are forced to seek refuge in a convent and a friary. And when they meet, they are both instantly aware that they alone are not accustomed to the religious clothes and customs. And when not just one murder - but then another, and then another, happens to both the friars and guests staying with them, Chiara and Silvano cling together within the terrifying spiral of murder as they and the friends they make attempt to solve the deadly mystery.

This remarkably rich mystery thriller, with all the pace and action of a 'whodunnit', is set in the incredibly atmospheric environs of a friary in 14C Italy. And amidst all the action of the murder mystery, the author depicts in fascinating and intricate detail the lives and tasks of the friars and nuns, whether it is crushing pigments to create paints for the artists painting frescoes in nearby Assisi, to the daily and nightly ritual of the religious services.

All the historical detail is carefully researched. A huge cast of characters with romantic teen heros, combined with the thriller murder element ensure a pacy, richly enjoyable read.

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