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The Flanders Panel
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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)
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on 12 October 2017
It’s quite rare to find a book that covers history, art, chess and murder, but this is one such. It’s an excellent story which at first draws you in with a painting and its history before moving into the current day and murder, with chess being the link. It’s well thought out, with interesting characters and it’s an absorbing story. If you want a crime novel with a difference, this should certainly be on your list.
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on 24 October 2017
I had such high hopes for this book and couldn't even finish it sadly. the storyline was enchanting but the page to page reading of it was frustrating. it's missing a story flow that's essential to enjoyment. and the mini sideline stories of character are distracting. not sure if it's a bad translation but after three separate attempts to read this I won't try again.
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on 8 July 2015
Not everyone's cup of tea - or wine! However the description of life within the small suburb of a Spanish town is very well told and provokes vivid imagery of the scenario as the book unfolds the theme. You'd enjoy it even more if you're a chess player - Flanders' moves are tantalising! Good.
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on 22 April 2018
Great book, totally recommended
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on 4 March 2015
Read me read me now
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on 28 April 2014
Brilliant book, real good holiday read. And class service and price. Will be shopping with Greener again and again.


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on 25 September 2014
Most unusual - but you do need a basic knowledge of chess to read it
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on 19 January 2015
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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2011
Of Perez-Reverte's work, I'd only read "The Fencing Master" before, but I'd greatly enjoyed that, so bought the Flanders Panel.

Set in modern Spain, it's very different and deals with the fine art world, murder and chess.

If all that sounds a bit highbrow and uninteresting, don't let it disuade you too much. There are a few detailed passages on chess moves but they're relevant and well and clearly explained - I'm not a player, but I got the point to sections make.

At the heart of the book is a thriller with a few twists and turns and a distinct sense of menace. It requires you to think a bit and leaves you thinking after you set it aside, always a good sign in my view.

Honestly, I didn't enjoy this as much as The Fencing Master, but it was still a good read, better than many books I've read recently.
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