Its 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice is teeming with rumors about an
ancient book thought to hold dangerous secrets. Powerful men will stop at nothing to get it, and those who have it will die to protect it.
Luciano, a street orphan who survives by his wits, is taken into the kitchen of the doges palace to be the chef's apprentice. As Luciano is initiated into the mysterious alchemy of the kitchen, he catches hints of the chef s shadowed past as well as murderous plots brewing behind the scenes. Luciano finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue that will inflame his desires, test his loyalties, and force him to a heart-wrenching life-and-death decision.
Rich with historical detail, vivid characters, thought-provoking "heresies," and sumptuous culinary metaphors that readers will love, The Book of Unholy Mischief is a unique treat.
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"Newmark does a fine job of building suspense and keeping the novel barreling along, and her knowledge of and affection for 15th-century Venice adds charm to this nicely told adventure yarn." - Publishers Weekly.
"Newmark uses great historical detail and marvelous descriptions of food to make this debut historical novel come alive." - Library Journal.
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Elle Newmark is the acclaimed author of The Book of Unholy Mischief and The Sandlewood Tree. Sadly, she died in 2011 after a long illness; before which she lived and worked in the hills north of San Diego.
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