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The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
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Jul 02, 2010

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it was amazing
Read in February, 2008

Well, I wrote this book and the research alone was an education. Here's a brief synopsis and a few reviews:

It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book said to hold secrets of seduction and power. But while some will stop at nothing to find the book, others will die to protect it.

As intrigue grips the city, Luciano, a quick-witted, street-wise orphan gets caught up in the madness. He is taken as an apprentice to the doge's chef, and in the palace kitchen he is initiated into the enigmatic chef's aromatic world—itself alive with potent secrets.

After Luciano witnesses a strange and shocking murder in the palace dining room, he embarks on a perilous journey to discover the truth. What he discovers will swing open the shutters of his mind, inflame his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.

"Highly flavored...A richness of atmosphere that...brings the city sparklingly to life."
—The New York Times

"Intelligence is the daily special on Newmark's menu, served with facility and skill."

"Marvelous descriptions. This debut comes alive."
—Library Journal

"Vibrant...As captivating as the streets of Venice itself."
—Historical Novels Review

"Readers will savor every mouth-watering word."

"An inventive and delicious page turner."
—Kate Jacobs #1 New York Times bestselling author
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