Shelfie Spotlight

Shelfie Spotlight

Hello, and welcome to another round of Shelfie Spotlight!

If you are not familiar with Shelfie Spotlight, it is a bi-weekly post where I pick a book (or ebook) from my shelves and discuss it. Most of the books I choose will be books I haven’t read, and I’ll ask your opinion of whether or not I should keep it.

I created this as a fun, interactive way to clean out my shelves. If you are interested in doing a post like this, link me in your post so I can see it! 🙂


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Marina Fiorato

Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Year: 2010 

When part-time model and full-time prostitute Luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn’t mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece “Primavera.” But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting–only to find that someone is ready to kill her to get it back. 

What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. Fleeing Venice together, Luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting’s secrets.

Gloriously fresh and vivid, with a deliciously irreverent heroine, The Botticelli Secret is an irresistible blend of history, wit, and suspense.


Please don’t ask me when I bought this book because I don’t remember. I think it might have been during college and at the local indie bookstore I went to all of the time. I think…? 

This book sounds right up my alley. Historical fiction that isn’t WWII? Check. Italian Historical Fiction? Check. Renaissance Italy? Check. Mystery/Thriller? Check. 

So, why have I not read it? I’m not sure exactly. It’s a big book, 514 pages, so that could be one of the reasons. Historical fiction is not a huge love of mine and I have to be in the right mood for it. 

I’m not familiar with the author or their other books so I can’t say whether or not I like their style of writing. 


For anyone who reads a lot of historical fiction are you familiar with this author? Do you think I should keep or let it go? 


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