The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel

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Written By: Elle Newmark

Narrated By: Raul Esparza

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2008

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Elle Newmark's richly seductive prose brings to life the color and scandal of fifteenth-century Venice. Through Luciano, a street urchin apprenticed to a great chef in the palace of the doge, Newmark tells a wicked tale of political and papal intrigue. In Venice where every whisper is a secret or a lie, Luciano's initiation into the chef's spicy world makes for deliciously suspenseful listening.

The Book of Unholy Mischief is more than terrific historical drama; its a love story, an investigation into ancient religious secrets that haunt us today, and its a story of intrigue replete with pulse-pounding chase scenes, murderous assassins, torture chambers and conniving, desperate characters. It's beautifully written, authentically detailed, and fiendishly well plotted. Listeners will want their friends to read or listen to it so they can talk about it over dinner in their favorite Italian restaurant.


  • S.J.

    Bubble gum, perhaps, to be taken seriously, not a chance, but never the less, it was a fun listen on a long trip. I wouldn't recommend for the serious historical minded, but for the ren fair folk its will be worth while. Wonder what the Oprah bunch would think?

  • Kathy

    I listened to about 2/3 of this, and then the meandering plot got to be too convoluted to continue. Plus I thought that the Maestro's knowledge about other cultures, religion, astronomy, etc were somewhat anachronistic and unbelievable. This was like bubble gum for my ears.

  • Amy

    I think this plot had promise...but it turned out so silly and over the top in my opinion. The best part...Bernardo - the wonder kitty and morale officer!

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