The Flanders Panel

The Flanders Panel

Paperback - 2004
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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 solve the five-hundred-year-old murder, but as she begins to look for clues, several of her friends in the art world are brutally murdered in quick succession. Messages left with the bodies suggest a crucial connection between the chess game in the painting, the knight's murder, the sordid underside of the contemporary art world, and the latest deaths. Just when all of the players in the mystery seem to be pawns themselves, events race toward a shocking conclusion. A thriller like no other, The Flanders Panel presents a tantalizing puzzle for any connoisseur of mystery, chess, art, and history.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Books, 2004, c1994
Edition: 1st Harvest ed, 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780156029582
Branch Call Number: FIC PER
Characteristics: 294 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 07, 2018

An art restorer is drawn in a centuries-old mystery when she finds "who killed the knight?" hidden in a 15th century painting.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

I was rooked into reading this! 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?

drudofsky Sep 08, 2015

Great retrograde chess problem, tortured plotting

bdemian Mar 18, 2013

Clever and suspenseful

philomenanowlin Mar 16, 2013

If you play chess, you will love it, but for the rest of us the plot stretches credulity. There is a latent hostility towards homosexuality and to cougars that I found rather nasty.

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