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Romance and intrigue abound in The Sign of the Weeping Virgin‚ an evocative historical mystery that brings the Italian Renaissance gloriously to lifeIn 1480 Florentine investigator Guid’Antonio Vespucci and his nephew‚ Amerigo‚ are tangled in events that threaten to destroy them and their beloved cityMarauding 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


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    Critics are praising Alana White's elegant prose and her skill in weaving a vast amount of historical detail into the plot of this fascinating mystery novel set in Renaissance Florence I heartily concur but also must note the considerable wit at work in the book one of the many qualities that make it such an enjoyable reading experienceIt comes through in dialogue God I've died and gone to heaven her protagonist Guid'Antonio Vespucci says over a meal of roast pork and fried ravioli No you've come home to Italy remarks the man's nephew It comes through in White's cleverly drawn minor characters especially the all knowing sardonic Cesare Guid'Antonio's manservant And it comes through in the way White archly points out the parallels between 15th century Florentine society and our own the religious zealots whipping the masses into a frenzy of fear and misdirected blame the deep divide between the haves and have nots the very character of Guid'Antonio as full of angst including the marital variety as any male protagonist in contemporary fictionI found myself taking an odd sort of comfort in these parallels the things change right? But they also helped deepen my connection to the story the characters and their way of life so exotic so different in so many ways from our ownWhite takes us everywhere we've ever fantasized about in Renaissance Florence an upper class dining room serving up specialties of a fabulous cook the studiolo of Lorenzo de Medici where il Magnifico himself is holding forth even the elegant apartment where Botticelli's Primavera holds pride of place in its original setting framed and hanging over a daybed Can you imagine being part of this culture where so much art was springing up all around you every day? Where you could meet Michelangelo as a resolute little boy holding his father's hand in the marketplace? Where you could share in the suspense as to which artist would actually be chosen to decorate the Sistine Chapel?White feeds all the fantasies and teaches us a great deal about Italian history along the way I also love the unique mystery that drives the plot It's not a mere murderer her sleuth Guid'Antonio is trying to catch No he must save all of Florence And that is a cause any lover of the City of Flowers can cheer for