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A good blend of mystery and history
on 5 June 2015
I've always had a fondness for great art, and art history. Throw chess and murder into the mix, and you have an intriguing blend of mystery and suspense. I was drawn to this after reading The Dumas Club, and I wanted another entertaining and quick read. Fortunately, this does not disappoint. The thing I love most about these types of books is that they teach you things you don't know: Latin phrases, historical facts, interesting insights etc
Many people have criticised the convoluted plot, weak characters and the unlikeliness of the setting, but they miss the point with books such as these. They were written to entertain, not to be tomes of classical literature to be read centuries later.
In this respect, the Flanders Panel does an admirable job of entertaining and teaching. (less)