Thursday, July 20, 2023

Three Fires, by Denise Mina -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


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It's late afternoon as a Fra Girolamo Savonarola shuffles onto the raised stage at the front of the Hall of the Five Hundred.

-- from Three Fires, by Denise Mina, out August 1 from Pegasus Books. This is the story of Girolama Savonarola, a Dominican frier in 15th Century Florence. Savonarola rose as a puritanical leader of Florence after his preaching against the greed and vice of the ruling Medici family led to their loss of power.

Savonarola’s hellfire preaching inspired a series of fires around Florence lit to publicly burn books, fancy clothes, art, playing cards, musical instruments, and other symbols of immorality. These fires became known as the Bonfire of the Vanities.

I’m excited to get my hands on this advanced copy of Three Fires. I plan to enjoy it with a cool adult beverage out on my porch.


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From Three Fires:
Savonarola appears at the palazzo door and the crowd outside cheer enthusiastically, touch his cassock as he comes past. They part to let him through.


  1. Three Fires sounds good. I haven't heard of it before, so thanks for mentioning it! :-)

  2. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews7/20/23, 9:20 PM

    I hope you enjoy it. It really sounds good.

  3. I hope you are enjoying your book while sipping your adult beverage. Wine? Cocktail?

  4. Somehow, reading a cool adult beverage with this book just sounds wrong. Maybe with a crust of bread and some water. ;)

  5. This sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I'm curious for more! Happy weekend!

  7. Intriguing! I didn't even know that's where Bonfire of the Vanities started, but I like historicals like this.

  8. Happy Reading and enjoy your weekend! :)


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