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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (5 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099453959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099453956
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sleek and sophisticated chamber mystery about art, life and chess. Madly clever" (New York Times)

"Gives murder a touch of class...delightfully absorbing" (Observer)

"In its intellectual background detail it is reminiscent of Umberto Eco's novels...hard to stop reading" (Michael Eaude Times Literary Supplement)

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A brilliant murder mystery in which a clue to a murder is hidden within a medieval painting.

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The Flanders Panel opens, aptly enough, with a puzzle: when art restorer Julia carries out a routine X-ray inspection of her latest project, Pieter Van Huys' The Game of Chess, she is astonished to discover hidden under the uppermost layers of paint the inscription quis necavit equitem ('Who killed the knight?) As we soon learn, the 'knight' in question is not just the piece in the hand of one of the players in the painting, Ferdinand Altenhoffen, Duke of Ostenberg, but his opponent in the game, his friend and trusted courtier, Roger de Arras, who was assassinated two years before the painting was created. Thus begins an intellectual endeavour by Julia and her associates to resolve a fifteenth century murder using the clues provided in the painting, with the realisation that a resolution could skyrocket the asking price of the picture.
However, as historical research begins to shed new light on the lives of the characters in the painting - especially the third, Beatrice of Burgundy, the Duke's consort - the untimely death of one of the investigators adds a sinister atmosphere to the intellectual enquiries, and lends new importance to the chess game being played within the painting. Julia and her lifelong companion César, a dandified homosexual antique dealer, react by recruiting the detached and reticent Muñoz, the unfathomable genius of the local Capablanca Chess Club, to aid them in uncovering the hidden chess puzzles in the painting.
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I had high hopes for this murder-mystery novel and it does start off very well and is intriguing after the art restorer, Julia, finds a hidden inscription on the painting she is working on. However after the first half the book becomes a disappointment - not because of the quality of the writing but because of the plot - the climax is a distinct disappointment and the reasoning behind the murderer's actions are verging on the ridiculous. I think there may be some issues with the translations too - it mentions more than once that the "Queen is put in check" which anybody who has ever played chess would know to be an incorrect term. All in all this promised a lot but failed to deliver.
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In theory "The Flanders Panel" has the promise of a compelling mystery story. On its publication it garnered reviews that featured praise for its "philosophical", "intellectual" subjects as well as inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's bestseller.

The beginning of the novel I really enjoyed with the fascinating mystery surrounding a 15th Century painting, "The Game of Chess" by Pieter Van Huys. The descriptions of the painting, invented by the author, is obviously inspired by the work of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painters and shows a fair amount of research into that era of history. There is an early occurrence of an unbelievable point though: would an expert in art restoration constantly chain-smoke around centuries old paintings and highly-flammable liquids?

The idea of solving a centuries-old murder hinted at in a painting is a tantalising one but it seemed to me to reach its resolution far too quickly. If the novel had just been about solving the mystery behind the painting I would have liked it much more, but it then focuses on the story of a modern-day murderer obsessed with the painting and playing out the central motif of the chess game. This is where my interest waned.

The writing style fairly bristles with erudition and yet it is done with little finesse. Themes of art history, theories of chess, music and mathematics, psychology, philosophy and various other subjects appear. All very interesting stuff but it is forced into the plot as though being ticked off a list.

What finally set my low opinion of this novel was the incessant reminders that one main character is gay. I realise this is a "mileage may vary" comment, but, as the homosexuality of the character is the key element for the conclusion I found it a ludicrous ending and an extremely unpleasant stereotype as well.

Definitely not worth the laurels it was given, in my view.
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Arturo Perez-Reverte's skill at spinning a yarn and keeping the reader gripped is a marvel to behold. Having read and enjoyed 'The Fencing Master' I felt I had to try another of his novels, and this certainly did not disappoint. Set in the cut and thrust of the art world in modern day Madrid, the story follows Julia, a picture restorer, as she tries to uncover the story behind the mysterious Flanders Panel, and in the process finds her life under threat from an unknown chess playing opponent who seems to be playing almost from within the game depicted on the panel. The plot keeps twisting right up to the end, and the final denoument left me astonished. If you have read and enjoyed the fencing master, then this book is for you. If you've never read Perez-Reverte before, then this is certainly a good place to start.
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