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Murder At Midnight by Avi

Murder At Midnight

by Avi

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what I liked about the book is that it is a very good mystery book. I like this book because of the intense sense and very long mystery.
this book is about a deadly plot to overview a king named Claudio. king Claudio is unfolding the kingdom of Pergamontio, Italy. Mangus the magician has beed marked as an easy scapegoat. for the traitor lurking within the king's court. Against all odds, his faithful new servant boy named Fabrizio, sets out to solve the mystery and prove his master's innocence and eventually finds out.
  audrich.b3 | Oct 23, 2014 |
Fabrizio, a young boy and servant in renaissance Italy, becomes entwined in a mystery. Political intrigue, the printing press, reading, reason, and magicians figure in the story. Well written and enjoyable. (3.6 stars) ( )
  countrylife | Aug 23, 2011 |
This story stands alone though its characters, Fabrizio and Mangus, appeared in Midnight Magic, a 1999 book by Avi. In this book, readers get a glimpse into the fears people had of the printing press when it was first introduced. ( )
  phh333 | Jun 26, 2010 |
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

Mangus the Magician is in serious trouble. A plot to overthrow the king has surfaced, and Mangus is the perfect scapegoat for a traitor lurking inside the castle walls.

The whole city of Pergamontio is on edge, including poor Fabrizio, loyal servant to Mangus and his wife. Fabrizio foolishly believes that the magic Mangus creates is "real," but does not believe that his Master would try and kill the king.

Mangus' real passion is philosophy and the betterment of the mind. These concepts escape Fabrizio, a simple street boy, who uses his wits to keep himself safe. Fabrizio, with the help of a fellow misfit, must bring the true conspirator to light and save Mangus from certain death.

Readers are once again thrown into a story set within the confines of Renaissance Italy in MURDER AT MIDNIGHT. The story precedes the events that occur in Avi's novel MIDNIGHT MAGIC, which also features the young Fabrizio.

While the story remains a mystery at heart, one cannot help but chuckle at some of the dialogue that takes place between Fabrizio and his Master. It is a fun story that moves quickly and is easy to read. Lovers of all things Avi will enjoy this light-hearted mystery. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 21, 2009 |
Set in Italy at the end of the Middle Ages, Murder at Midnight, finds Fabrizio, a young servant boy, negotiating the deadly intricacies of the royal court in order to save his master, Magnus the Magician.

This is not my favorite of Avi's mystery books. It is lacking in the rich language and total period immersion of The Traitor's Gate, Seer of Shadows or Crispin: Cross of Lead. However, it succeeds as a gripping, suspenseful, and fast-paced (perhaps too fast?) murder mystery with strong protagonists in Fabrizio, and his friend, Maria. It's hard to go wrong with Avi. ( )
1 vote shelf-employed | Oct 7, 2009 |
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"There can never be enough books,” said Mangus. “The pity is it takes years to create each one.”

“Is that true?” said the surprised boy.

“Fabrizio, a book must first be written. To do so, the writer exchanges days for words, months for paragraphs, and years for chapters – time turned into books. There's your magic.”
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545080908, Hardcover)

Newbery Medalist and master storyteller Avi returns to Scholastic with a tantalizing prequel to his bestselling medieval mystery MIDNIGHT MAGIC.

A plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio. Scholarly Mangus the magician -- along with his street-smart and faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio -- have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within the king's court. Together, these two unlikely partners must gather clues to solve the mystery and prove their innocence before the stroke of midnight. . . or face death!

Intricate plotting, surprise twists, and lively prose make for another suspenseful page-turner that stands alone or sets the stage for MIDNIGHT MAGIC!

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Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow King Claudio, scholarly Mangus the magician, along with his street-smart servant boy, Fabrizio, face deadly consequences unless they can track down the real traitor by the stroke of midnight.

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