The Queen's Gambit
Author: Diane A.S. Stuckart
Published: January 2, 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime
Series Name: A Leonardo da Vinci Mystery
Category: Historical Mystery
Main Character: Leonardo da Vinci, Delfina (Dino) della Fazia
This first installment in an all-new historical mystery series features Leonardo da Vinci as a 15th century crime fighter. Assisted by his loyal apprentice, Dino, the Renaissance man sets out to discover who murdered the cousin of his patron, the Duke of Milan, during a living chess match. Along the way, he encounters all the politics and intrigue expected of a noble court, while still finding time to paint the occasional fresco or invent one of his famous machines. Publishers Weekly gives The Queen's Gambit a starred review and calls it "an impressive debut…that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next volume."