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A Comedy of Murders

Author: Herman, George Set In . . .
 Europe, Italy, Milan
Genre: Historical Novel
Time Frame: 1400s
Published: 1994
Description: Twenty-Seven ways to commit murder!
"A Comedy of Murders" is the first historical mystery in a series of eight adventures involving Leonardo da Vinci as a Sherlock Holmes type detective and his companion Niccolo da Pavia.
The court of Ludovico Sforza visits a monastery for rest and refreshment after a day of hunting. As they arrive a huge boulder drops in front of the Duke followed by a plummeting body. This assassination attempt on the Dukes life is thwarted by a young man, Niccolo da Pavia, orphaned at birth and living in the Monastery. The young man is rewarded with an offer to become a member of the Duke’s court, his dream of experiencing a world outside the monastery is realized.
Leonardo da Vinci is artist-in-residence in the Milan Court of Duke Ludovico. Niccolo’s veracious curiosity leads him Leonardo’s tower workrooms and they form a strong bond.
The year is 1498 and Milan is preparing for an invasion from the French and Venetian armies.
In an attempt to distract from the impending war, lavish celebrations and entertainments are planned. But a series of unexplained deaths in the castle sends shock waves through the court. Twenty-seven bodies are found, each killed in a different way.
As the bodies are discovered brutally murdered they are sent to Leonardo’s tower where he performs autopsies to determine the cause of death. What they discover exposes corruption, cover-ups and abuse of power that poses a threat to the Duke far greater than the invading armies. The Duke finds out that Leonardo has recorded all the castle intrigue in a book and his guards are sent to recover it.
Leonardo and Niccolo must flee for their lives.

“A Comedy of Murders” is Italian Renaissance historical fiction based in a biographical sketch of Leonardo da Vince and infused with drama, mystery, danger, vendetta, romance and humor. Don’t leave this space without first taking advantage of the free chapters found in Look Inside under the cover illustration. Buona Lettura
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