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The Flanders Panel
The Flanders Panel
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
A fifteenth-century painting by a Flemish master is about to be auctioned when Julia, a young art restorer, discovers a peculiar inscription hidden in a corner: Who killed the knight? In the painting, the Duke of Flanders and his knight are locked in a game of chess, and a dark lady lurks mysteriously in the background. Julia is determined to so...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780151489268
ISBN-10: 0151489262
Publication Date: 6/1994
Pages: 294
Rating:
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4.5 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is a fictional murder mystery. A woman who is restores paintings is commissioned to work on a masterpiece by a Flemish master. She finds a hidden mystery in the painting that sends her on a journey to solve a murder committed 500 years ago. I thought it was great. A couple of the characters I thought were stereotypes, but overall a great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
A 500 year old mystery about chess, life and art
fightingillinifan avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I learned alot about chess reading this book, I also learned a lot about the art world. A masterful story!
katknit avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 355 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Pictures within pictures, life imitates art. Mystery based on chess set in Madrid's art world.
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cozykat avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 28 more book reviews
A charming mystery albeit a little heavy on the chess theme; I don't play the game and it was a little much, but still intriguing, with an ending I didn't forsee. I took it on a trip and it was a good way to occupy the time.
WhidbeyIslander avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 598 more book reviews
Amazingly I found the depiction of the chess problems (I'm nothing more than a novice player who hardly ever beats the game in the Windows version on my PC) more interesting than the plot. I thought the heroine was not that interesting (although her occupation is.) Unlike The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which brought Barcelona to life, Madrid was just a vague background to the story here. I also thought a representation of the painting would have been a nice touch (the copy I had showed chess pieces on the cover.) Never did manage to finish it, either, so maybe it got better after the first half?
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I had not read this author's work before, but I'm very impressed with his writing. Even though chess played a major role in the plot he made it understandable for someone with only a rudimentary understanding of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
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Astonishingly intricate, a cerebral mystery that will satisfy any intellectual, even if not a chess aficionado. A small cast of characters, lots of interesting detail about 16th century Flemish art. A very satisfying read.


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