by marina fiorato
As plague and fear grip the city, the elderly doge commissions the great architect Palladio to build a church to God so magnificent that God will save Venice and he assigns the plague doctor Annibale Cason to keep the architect alive long enough to complete the task.
A convoluted, and sometime very coincidental, series of events bring Feyra and Annibale together and they enter into a race against time and disease to save the city. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the information about the standards of medical care in the late sixteenth century and the differences between the (more advanced) medicine of the Turks and the existing body of medical knowledge in Europe. It's a quick read, rich in history and detail. Lots of fun. I was sorry to finish it.