Skip to main content
PBS logo
Want fewer ads?

Search - The Flanders Panel

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
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

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.
reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 124 more book reviews
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.
Read All 17 Book Reviews of "The Flanders Panel"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

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?
reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 16 more book reviews
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!
reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 412 more book reviews
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.


Want fewer ads?