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The Alchemist's Pursuit by Dave Duncan
Review by Sam Lubell
Ace Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016785
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Alchemist's Pursuit is marketed as fantasy but it is really a mystery with slight fantasy flavor. In this third book in the series of the adventures of Doctor Nostradamus and his apprentice Alfeo in a Renaissance-era Venice, the pair are hired by Alfeo's love, the courtesan Violetta, to find out who is strangling the city's other courtesans. The result is a mystery that requires Alfeo to uncover secrets the rulers of Venice have long buried.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Hampered by arthritis, Nostradamus is in no mood for granting favors or running about looking for trouble. But when his apprentice Alfeo's mistress asks him to investigate the murder of her beloved courtesan mentor—and promises a fortune in payment—he comes around.

It appears that someone is murdering the courtesans of Venice. All were well-known, admired for their skills—and somehow connected by a sinister event involving one of the great families of the city.

While Nostradamus attempts to use the dark arts to solve riddles which confound explanation, Alfeo finds himself led by a possibly demonic force through a maze of deceit and death. And when the master and apprentice come to the end of their intertwined paths, there may be hell to pay.

(Source: Ace)

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