The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman
A Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play

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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 fall in 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.


About Mary Hoffman

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MARY HOFFMAN is an acclaimed writer and critic. She is the author of the internationally bestselling picture book Amazing Grace. Stravaganza: City of Secrets was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and The Falconer's Knot was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award.
Published February 1, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 304 pages
Genres: Travel, Romance, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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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-p

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The Bookbag

When they've finished reading The Falconer's Knot, they'll have a good grounding in the social milieu of fourteenth century Italy - the class structure and the status of women in particular.

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Kidz World

Mary Hoffman’s murder mystery is a well-written story that’s full of details about medieval Italy and has some great characters - including some women who really kick butt!

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of The Falconer's Knot: A Story ...

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