The Pindar Diamond

The Pindar Diamond

Large Print - 2010
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In a small town on the Italian coast, a mysterious woman washes ashore. She is crippled, mute, and clutches a bundle to her chest--a baby the townspeople insist is a real-life mermaid. It can only bring bad luck; they pay a troupe of acrobats to carry mother and child away.
In the bustling trade center of Venice, merchant Paul Pindar is the subject of his colleagues' concern. Since his return from Constantinople, they have found him changed; raging over the loss of his beloved, Celia, he has gambled away his fortune at the gaming tables. But when a priceless blue diamond surfaces in the city, Pindar recognizes the opportunity to regain everything he has lost--including, perhaps, the woman he loves.
A celebrated writer of history and travel books, Katie Hickman has always been a master of evoking time and place. With "The Pindar Diamond," her follow-up to "The Aviary Gate," she brings early-seventeenth-century Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, "The Pindar Diamond "is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction.
Publisher: [Bath] : Windsor, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781408487945
Branch Call Number: LPF HIC NVD
Characteristics: 363 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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Jun 07, 2012

While The Pindar Diamond is a sequel to The Aviary Gate, Hickman gives enough detail about the past that this book stands well on its own. I enjoy this author’s ability to give enough hints and blinds to keep the reader guessing, but doesn’t ever actually reveal all; probably leaving room for another story! The descriptions of Venice and her denizens are so realistic you can almost smell the canals; the threat of plague lies heavily on the city; superstition is rife in the countryside and the characters fit into their time by costume, custom and vocabulary. Each distinct character carries a piece of a puzzle unknowingly, which makes fitting them together fascinating.

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