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Murder At Midnight by Avi
Review by Reviewer Inc.
Fabrizio is a 10 year old boy whose parents have died. Once homeless, he now is a servant for a magician who does not really like him. The magician’s wife, the mistress of the house, does like him. The mistress leaves to tend to a sick cousin, leaving Fabrizio alone with the magician, Mangus, and Mangus’ other 2 servants.
All of a sudden, papers announcing treason against the king pop up all over the
city of Pergamontio, Italy. These papers are exactly alike but there are no photocopying machines back in 1490. Mangus is accused of making them by magic. Fabrizio, in a promise made to his mistress to protect Mangus, sets out to prove his master’s innocence.
I enjoyed this book because of its mystery and suspense. I enjoyed the Italian setting with the street vendors on the sides of the roads and the magic performances by Mangus. I liked that Fabrizio can make friends very easily. I would have given this book 5 dragons but for the complex pronunciations and titles of the Italian names. Good reading.
David Says: 4/5 Dragons