The Wolves Of St. Peters by Gina BuonaguroThe Wolves Of St. Peters by Gina Buonaguro

The Wolves Of St. Peters

byGina Buonaguro, Janice Kirk

Paperback | April 23, 2013

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A suspenseful, intoxicating mystery of art, young love and betrayal, set amid the glory and corruption of Renaissance Rome

When young Francesco Angeli sees a golden-haired woman being pulled from the Tiber on a rainy Rome morning, he is shocked to realize that he knows her. It is 1508, and Francesco is a reluctant houseboy to Michelangelo, who is at work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Francesco prefers the company of the urbane Raphael and the artistic circle that gathers at the home of Imperia, who operates a brothel in the shadow of the Vatican while the all-powerful Pope Julius II turns a blind eye. The woman in the river is one of Imperia’s ladies, and against his will, Francesco becomes involved in the search for the truth about her death.

Meanwhile, rising waters flood the city’s streets, turning Romans into refugees and the Coliseum into an emergency refuge, and hungry wolves descend from the hills to stalk the city like ghosts. As Francesco follows the deepening mystery from the backstreets to the pope’s inner sanctum, he begins to realize that danger and corruption may lurk behind the most beautiful of facades.

GINA BUONAGURO and JANICE KIRK live in Toronto and Kingston, respectively. After meeting in a French class in Kingston, they became writing partners and co-authors. They are the authors of two previous novels,The Sidewalk ArtistandCiao Bella.
Title:The Wolves Of St. PetersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443417459

ISBN - 13:9781443417457

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For fans of all things historical, mysterious or beautiful. A great piece of writing and a great read too! A dead woman of very ill repute is pulled from a river. Her body taken by a mysterious fat man before it can be claimed. So begins a mystery so full both of gritty and intriguing detail and of haunting images, it grabs you instantly and does not immediately leave you once you are done. Bring on the next installment!
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical Rollercoaster Just finished [and started] The Wolves of St. Peters last night- it was AMAZING. It just never STOPPED- there was no place where I could put the book down and take a break, I just had to keep going. I love the characterization, I loved all the artistic references, and I really truly enjoyed the historical aspect of this book. I actually enjoyed this book more than Inferno, and I'm a devout fan of Dan Brown. There were all kinds of twists that I didn't expect, and I was somewhat surprised at the resolution of events in the novel. I really enjoyed how well researched into the era the book was, and I loved how they used their knowledge of that era to make the book that much more real to the reader. From the waters rising and flooding certain areas in and around Rome, to the interactions and rivalry between Michelangelo and Raphael, there were points of despair which suddenly dipped into minor moments of hilarity, all the while being realistic in such a way that the reader can vividly imagine all of these things truly happening. And at the same time you have a ​rather intense mystery unfolding, starting with the murder of a beautiful young whore, whom just by chance was known to the narrator of the story. And while his emotions were a little lackluster in response- the realism of the other characters emotions in regards tot he death of this woman were striking, and the narrators determination to find out who killed her and why made the story riveting. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I'm excited to see new books come from these authors. :)
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read A fabulous book - couldn't put it down. Their best book yet. Can't wait for the next one...
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The wolves are at the gate in this exciting historical novel Wolves both metaphorical and literal circle Renaissance Rome throughout the riveting new novel by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk. Set in 1508, the novel takes us in and around the intimate lives of Renaissance society. From the eccentricities of master artists Michelangelo and Raphael to the twisted peccadillos of the papacy and the tragic brothels to the high living aristocrats, the novel leads us into a twisting cobblestoned story of mystery, murder, and lost love. This genre bending historical mystery novel works best due to its quirky characters, the shape shifting bat man, the gypsy eyed girl, the froggy aristocrat, the angelic choir boy, the tragic, enigmatic prostitutes, and the disgraced, divided protagonist. At the heart of the story lies the competition and conflicts of two of Renaissance Europe’s most storied artists, both busy working on the masterpieces that eclipse the story of their lives. The grumpy, irascible Michelangelo sets a counterpoint for the dapper, compassionate Raphael, both imperfectly representing the light and darkness of Europe’s supposed era of rebirth. The book will grab you and make you more than willing to enter the scaffolded Sistene chapel, the grungy soapmaker’s stall, the ribald but rancid courtesan quarters, the polluted Tiber River, and the always dark and pungent roads of historic Rome.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lively mystery in Renaissance Rome Fans of historical detective novels – not to mention the Borgias hit TV series – are going to love this newest offering from Janice and Gina. Their fictional hero, lawyer Francesco Angeli, has ended up in unhappy circumstances in Renaissance Rome as the result of an ill-considered dalliance. After witnessing the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body in the Tiber River, he finds himself drawn into a tangled web of intrigue crossing the whole gamut of Roman society. The many colourful characters – wealthy traders, eccentric artists, high-class prostitutes, fraudulent necromancers, lowly servants and the Pope himself (not to mention his none-too-savoury henchmen) – bring the book alive. So do the vivid and realistic-feeling descriptions of life in Rome at a time when high art and fabulous luxury coexisted with poverty, corruption, crime and violence. The work the co-authors put into getting the details right really shows, as confirmed by the thumbs-up from best-selling author and art expert Ross King. My only quibble was with the plot, which could have used a little tidying. But by the book’s end, the journey of Francesco from callow youth to old-beyond-his-years fugitive made me more than ready to follow his next adventure. This promises to be the start of a fantastic series!
Date published: 2013-04-18

Editorial Reviews

?A zesty mix of high-class brothels and high-level corruption make The Wolves of St. Peter?s a top-notch historical thriller. Buonaguro and Kirk lead us through the murkier side of Renaissance Rome with the help of a cast of enjoyably unpleasant characters, including a grumpy Michelangelo and a serenely dissolute Raphael. Who needs The Borgias?? ?Ross King, Governor General?s Award?winning author of Leonardo and the Last Supper and Michelangelo and the Pope?s Ceiling ()