The Stargazer

The Stargazer

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Bianca Salva is thrust into an uneasy alliance with Ian Foscari, an aristocrat notorious for his outrageous escapades and romantic conquests, when they masquerade as a betrothed couple to find the murderer of a beautiful courtesan.

Baker
& Taylor

Sparks fly when the comely daughter of a famous doctor meets a handsome but notorious aristocrat in Renaissance Venice as they team up to investigate the murder of a well-known courtesan. A first novel. Reprint.

Simon and Schuster
Set against the dazzling landscape of the Renaissance, The Stargazer captures the ageless desires of the human heart in an "exquisitely dramatic" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story laced with danger, adventure, and sensuous pleasure.... Bianca Salva is the brilliant and beautiful daughter of a renowned physician. Ian Foscari is a handsome aristocrat notorious for his romantic conquests. Worlds apart in the circles of society, they have been brought together by an extraordinary intrigue: each has been mysteriously summoned to the home of a murdered courtesan. And each has reason to suspect the other of the deadly crime. For each, proving their innocence will depend on the other -- and Ian concocts a seamless ruse to ensure that Bianca can't leave his sight. Together, they step carefully around secrets of murder and betrayal. But out of their masquerade grows a heated battle of wits. A tenuous trust. And an undeniable passion....

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780671027407
9780671027391
0671027409
0671027395
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 24 cm

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LiteraryEditrix Sep 25, 2013

Egad, this was awful! Tedious, drawn-out drivel. Jarring point of view, clich├ęd style, grating dialogue. Historical inaccuracies. Vile characters. Holes in the plot as wide as the Grand Canal. Pointless action, beginning with a sham engagement for which there's no plausible explanation. An unreasonable, self-indulgent, petulant "hero" and a weak, stupid, insipid "heroine" going back and forth endlessly over the same "dilemma" of whether to believe the other did or didn't commit the murder (before long we wish they'd kill each other and end our misery!), all the while indulging in contrived and graphic sex scenes the so-called author uses to justify a nonexistent "romance." This is a novel in no sense of the word. If it's being talked about, as Simon and Schuster claims, we're all talking about how bad it is. I've been a book editor for decades and it's one of the worst I've seen.

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