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Bella Donna: A Renaissance Mystery Novel by [Cherne, Barbara]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Pub (31 May 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,939,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9589a6d8) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9556cb4c) out of 5 stars This Mystery Cooks! 23 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you want a relaxing afternoon read, this one is for you. Put yourself in the hammock, or curl up in your favorite chair and transport yourself to Renaissance Italy.
I tell you, after a multitude of women as coroners, feisty private eyes, 24/7 career types, Giuditta, the sleuthing cook is refreshing. Emilia, daughter-in-law of the matriarch, Caterina, is murdered. Bella, the other daughter-in-law, who never got along with Emilia, is arrested for the murder. Giuditta vows to prove the innocence of Bella with whom she has a warm and respectful relationship.
It is more what is missing from this mystery novel that makes it appealing. There is no real blood and gore. Action without plot is missing. And we don't have to pine over the ups and downs of the intimate relationships of the heroine. Giuditta does develop an intimate relationship along the way with Angelo the artist, but it is a warm and easy going intimacy that adds to the story.
This mystery is different. Different in the immense attention to detail, and the use of superb prose to set the scenes. One is transported to the time and place. You feel the heat, dust and dirt in a palazzo. You sweat with Giduitta as she travels miles on foot to gather information. The characters are many and the Italian names a bit confusing. It reminds me a bit of P.D. James. You do have to work some brain cells on this one, and that too is a refreshing difference from many of the popular mysteries of today.
The author has woven a tale of mystery that gives pleasure, and a reassurance that there really are still mystery writers that can write above the 10th grade reading level.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The characters were fun -- i loved the cook heroine and the food and recipe references. However, the book isn't very well fleshed out. It is as tho it is still in semi-outline form, and the mystery itself is not very difficult to figure out. I would have liked to have learned a great deal more , and was disappointed with the sketchiness of the novel. That said, it WAS fun and different, and it certainly is a nice, quick read!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95502918) out of 5 stars awkward writing, slow plot, poor characters 14 Aug. 2001
By Robert T. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy mysteries, you'll be disappointed. The reader is not given any chance to solve the puzzle... the author simply trots out a series of (uninteresting) revelations.
Like character development? You won't find it here. The characters are one-dimensional.
The writing is awkward, filled with disconnected, jarring observations, and laughable lines like, "A fortissimo cry erupter from Bella's mouth."
The author also seems to believe that by sprinkling Italian words through the book, she makes it more authentic. (The words are printed in italics, just to be sure the reader doesn't miss them.)
Don't waste your time on this book!
HASH(0x954ff108) out of 5 stars Amateurish 25 Feb. 2008
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's difficult to believe that the author of this stiff, amateurishly written novel is a journalist who has written three other novels, After plodding through this one, I certainly wouldn't seek out her other works!

Although the emphasis on food was fun and Giuditta the Cook an unusual heroine, the plot is lame; the descriptions and dialogue are awkward, the writing style just about non-existent, and the ending totally flat.

After reading some marvelous novels set in the Renaissance, such as Michael Ennis's "Duchess of Milan," or Diane Haeger's "Courtesan," this book in comparison reads more like an effort produced for a college writing class.

Don't waste your money on it.
HASH(0x954ff624) out of 5 stars Renaissance Italy 7 July 2009
By Lyn Reese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this story full of historical details about Florence in the 1490s, a wealthy Florentine family's cook, Giuditta, sets out to exonerate her patron, the family's much maligned daughter-in-law Bella. Bella has been accused of murdering her mother-in-law, and her innocence now depends on Giuditta's ability to track down clues proving her innocence. Luckily, Giuditta, being a servant, can search in places that rich Florentines never could. A fun story.
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