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Death of a Duchess (Sigismondo #1)

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When a bride disappears and her handmaid is murdered hours before a marriage ceremony that is to heal the rift between the noble houses of de Torre and Bandini, Sigismondo and his sidekick, Benno, spring into action. Reprint.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Berkley (first published 1991)
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Italo Italophiles
Aug 13, 2016 Italo Italophiles rated it it was amazing
This book, the first in a series of six books, is for Italophile fans of historical mysteries, in this case set during the Italian Renaissance in north-central Italy. I loved the intelligent writing that did not talk down to the reader. I found it highly entertaining!

The enigmatic detective at the center of these stories, Sigismondo, is a former soldier-for-hire who now hires himself out to the rich, in the case of this book to the Duke of a Duchy. The authors (two who use the pseudonym of Eliza
Jan 17, 2011 Jayna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would normally give this three stars because there were some really confusing parts that I just couldn't understand because it's a period piece. Given that, I think that the author could have done a little bit better at describing the setting instead of assuming that the reader understands the intricacies of Renaissance Italy. Also, it was pretty obvious who did it about halfway through, and I always hate when animals die. However, I absolutely love the relationships between Sigismondo and ...more
Diana Sandberg
May 05, 2013 Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it
The first of the series. These are really enjoyable books - interesting historical setting, strong and amusing characters, a good romp.
Jun 27, 2012 Lorena rated it it was ok
Not a lot of character development, although what there was was enjoyable enough. The guilty party was pretty obvious from early on, but the journey to the unmasking was entertaining enough.
Arlene Allen
Once a historical mystery junkie, always a historical mystery junkie...or is that "an" historical mystery?
Apr 24, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
A great mystery series. I love the time period and location and Sigismondo is a very intriguing and well-written character.
Jackie Antweiler
Oct 08, 2012 Jackie Antweiler rated it liked it
I enjoyed this whole series. Love Sigismondo .
Oct 23, 2009 Maria marked it as to-read
may have read this, but see if I've read the later ones in the series
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