“The Falconer’s Knot” by Mary Hoffman and other books with FALCONER in the title

The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman (2007-04-02)

HOW did I end up looking at THREE books with “falconer” in the title?! I was chatting with my sister-in-law…  She mentioned a book she enjoyed and all I could remember later was that one word. So I went on line with my local library and reserved recent fiction that sounded promising. 

I’ve been hungry for “fun fiction”, but only one book interested me enough to finish. 

The Falconer’s Knot by Mary Horrman was by far the best of these three books. Young Adult fiction with a sunny take on life, set in Italy, which the author plainly loves. Teenagers Silvano and Chiara are sent to a monastery and convent respectively, by families with problems to solve. Neither has a scrap of religious vocation. Murders take place and the two must solve them to avoid unfair accusations. The ending of the book is like a Shakespeare comedy. Love overcomes all! This is the kind of book that makes me want to call my travel agent. I’ve never visited Italy!

The other two books didn’t catch my fancy. One was YA steampunk, the other adult historical fiction (usually a good category for me) . 

Just to make this even sillier, my sister-in-law now denies offering me any such advice! So, who WAS I talking to? SiL went through her recent reading and found only ONE related title, a “cozy mystery” called The Falcon Always Wings Twice by Donna Andrews. Sorry, I have my standards. I simply won’t read a book based on that bad a word play. Unless I’m REALLY desperate. 


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