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Disappearing Duchess: Last Apprentice

A thrilling magical mystery set in a re-imagined Renaissance Venice Twelve-year-old Bianca feels like the luckiest girl in Venice. She's apprenticed to the most famous painter in the world - Annunzio di Lombardi - and she's learning all the tricks of the trade in the most glamorous and powerful place in the city: the Duchess's Palace. But one night disaster strikes. Bianca's beloved Lombardi is given a poisoned cup of wine at a party, and collapses - but not before giving Bianca a magical paintbrush, which allows her to travel through hidden doorways throughout the city. Bianca will have to use all of her pluck, courage and cunning to find out who tried to hurt her master - and to discover what is wrong with the Duchess, who is behaving very strangely indeed... THE LAST APPRENTICE is a delightful and exciting mystery perfect for middle-grade readers looking for feisty heroines, sinister baddies and a good dash of magic and suspense. Book Description A thrilling magical mystery set in a re-imagined Renaissance Venice From the Author Imogen Rossi grew up in London but her favourite place in the world is Venice during the Carnival. She spent most of her summer holidays in Italy where she passed the time doodling and writing stories. She loves to paint, though she isn't very good at it, and she sings in a choir. She most enjoys stories involving mystery, magic and time travel. She has a collection of Venetian carnival masks and two cats named Leonardo and Michelangelo (Lenny and Mike for short). From the Inside Flap Enter an enchanted city, where nothing is as it seems . . . Bianca feels like the luckiest girl in all of La Luminosa. She lives in one of the greatest cities in the world, and is apprentice to the famous painter Annunzio di Lombardi. Her life could not be more perfect! But when tragedy befalls her master, Bianca's peaceful existence is thrown into disarray. Something sinister is afoot in the labyrinthine corridors of the Duchess's palace and the great houses of the city - and Bianca will stop at nothing to find out what it is . . . The first magical adventure in a thrilling new series From the Back Cover Enter an enchanted city, where nothing is as it seems . . . Bianca feels like the luckiest girl in all of La Luminosa. She lives in one of the greatest cities in the world, and is apprentice to the famous painter Annunzio di Lombardi. Her life could not be more perfect! But when tragedy befalls her master, Bianca's peaceful existence is thrown into disarray. Something sinister is afoot in the labyrinthine corridors of the Duchess's palace and the great houses of the city - and Bianca will stop at nothing to find out what it is . . . The first magical adventure in a thrilling new series Author Bio Imogen Rossi grew up in London but her favourite place in the world is Venice during the Carnival. She spent most of her summer holidays in Italy where she passed the time doodling and writing stories. She loves to paint, though she isn't very good at it, and she sings in a choir. She most enjoys stories involving mystery, magic and time travel. She has a collection of Venetian carnival masks and two cats named Leonardo and Michelangelo (Lenny and Mike for short). Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Duchess Catriona stood at the back of the room with Baron da Russo, a wide smile on her face. The crowd sighed with pleasure and dipped their heads at the sight of their Duchess. Di Lombardi gasped, too, and choked on his wine. He looked from the painting to the Duchess, and carried on coughing. The glass of wine tumbled from his hand as he clutched at his throat and chest. 'Master? Master!' Bianca tried to push through the crowd to di Lombardi's side. Through the shifting gaps between the guests, she saw him drop to his knees, then collapse flat onto the floor. The crowd gasped and muttered, someone shouted for help. A lady stepped on Bianca's
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ISBN 9781471401831
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