The falconer's knot

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Crafton Public Library Young Adult - Fiction YA F HOFFMAN 2007 CRAFTON 4/07
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult - Fiction
Call Number  YA F HOFFMAN 2007 CRAFTON 4/07
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA HOF
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA HOF
Upper St. Clair Township Library Teen Fiction TEEN MYSTERY HOFFMAN
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Teen Fiction

The award-winning author of the Stravaganza series has done it again with this atmospheric adventure set in Renaissance Italy. Sixteen-year-old Silvano da Montacuto has wealth, good looks, and a new hawk-but none of these can save him when his bloody dagger is found near a dead body. For his own protection, he is sent to a Franciscan House, where he poses as a novice, or a young monk. There, he lays eyes on Chiara, a lovely novice at a nearby abbey who is also living in secret. When they fallin love, their secret identities make it impossible to reveal their feelings to one another.

Murder seems to have followed Silvano, and soon several other dead bodies turn up. Who is committing the crimes? Will a young man accused of multiple murders be able to clear himself? And what about the girl he adores? Fans of Mary Hoffman's critically acclaimed Stravaganza series won't be disappointed in the romance, colorful web of intrigue, and rich, marvelous setting.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hoffman set her acclaimed Stravanganza novels in an alternate world that resembled sixteenth-century Italy. In this suspenseful mystery, Hoffman leaves the alternate worlds behind and locates her story in the real-world history of fourteenth-century Umbria. Sixteen-year-old Silvano, a handsome nobleman, admires Angelica, a local merchant's wife, from afar. Then Angelica's husband is murdered, and Silvano becomes the prime suspect. Until his innocence is proven, Silvano takes refuge in a Franciscan friary, where he enjoys making pigments for local artists and finds himself attracted to a lovely novice at the adjoining abbey. Then a series of mysterious deaths puts Silvano under greater suspicion, and he determines to find the murderer. The publisher has compared this novel to Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose (1983), and there are certainly similarities between the books' friary settings and central mysteries. Hoffman makes the story her own with an exciting tangle of murder suspects and romantic intrigues. The plot is crowded with characters, and the intricate details about pigment preparation and fourteenth-century art and life will slow some readers and fascinate others. Hoffman creates utterly engaging characters and vivid settings, and she skillfully turns up the suspense, wrapping her varied plot threads into a satisfying whole. Readers will race through to the satisfying, fairy-tale conclusion, which includes some empowering twists for the female characters. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hoffman (the Stravaganza series) once again whisks readers off to Italy, this time in the 14th century, for this highly entertaining mystery-farce hybrid. Readers can pick up clues from the third-person narrative that alternates among the four main characters. Sixteen-year-old Silvano, a noble, is in love with flirtatious young Angelica, the wife of a wealthy middle-aged sheep farmer named Tommaso. When Tommaso is murdered, Silvano becomes the prime suspect (especially since his dagger was the murder weapon). Silvano, along with his falcon (hence the title), seeks refuge at Giardinetto, a Franciscan friary, where he works for Brother Anselmo, mixing pigments for the frescoes in nearby Assisi. Meanwhile, Angelica is secretly thrilled her odious husband is dead; she gains control of her husband's profitable business and keeps an eye out for a socially well-positioned husband. Isabella, wife of 20 years to the cold, wealthy merchant Ubaldo, fantasizes about her first love, Domenico. Chiara, despite being sent by her brother to live in the abbey at Giardinetto (next door to the friary), dreams of falling in love and raising a family. After several murders occur at the friary, including that of a visiting Ubaldo, Silvano, Brother Anselmo (who turns out to be Domenico) and Chiara uncover the identity of the murderer. As the solution surfaces, so do the true loves of the main characters. Even though many readers will guess where the plot is headed, the pleasure is in the journey. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Religious life -- Juvenile fiction.
Love stories.
Murder -- Juvenile fiction.
Renaissance -- Italy -- Juvenile fiction.
Religious life -- Fiction.
Love -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Renaissance -- Italy -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Historical fiction.
Italy -- History -- 1268-1492 -- Juvenile fiction.
Italy -- History -- 1268-1492 -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury USA Children's Books :2007
Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers,
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 297 pages : map ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781599900568 (hc.)
1599900564 (hc.)
9781428740143 (BWI bdg.)
1428740147 (BWI bdg.)
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