The Falconer’s knot by Mary Hoffman



The Falconer’s Knot is a lively tale of murder and intrigue set in Italy during the Middle Ages.


Teenagers Silvano and Chiara meet under difficult and dangerous circumstances. Silvano is accused of murder and Chiara has been turned out of the family home by her heartless brother. Both seek refuge with the Church in a neighbouring friary and convent respectively.


As time passes, there are more murders and Silvano could go from suspect to victim. Can Silvano and Chiara solve the crimes before any of their friends, or indeed themselves, come to harm?


The characters, clothing, setting, religion and philosophies of the time are all well documented. The description of the frescoes by Giotto and Martini are so delicious that while reading I actually wanted to travel to Italy to see them for myself.


I’m sure students will find it a real page-turner.


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