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Mistress of the art of death
Ariana Franklin
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kathy lord said:
excellent book!! a historical murder mystery & well written. not boring at all. i enjoyed all the characters & the time period seemed vividly real. a good book & am reading the next in line!! give it a try!!
posted Aug 28, 2008 at 8:18PM
Avatar for poohbubba poohbubba said:
CSI in the middle-ages.
posted Dec 15, 2009 at 2:14PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Dr. Adelia Aguilar is an oddity. She’s an independent woman, a highly-educated doctor, and the primary specialist in her field of study. Today, Adelia would simply be a coroner, examining bodies for evidence of how they met their end. But in her day and age—the year 1171, in Medieval Europe—Adelia is a “mistress of the art of death,” and most of her contemporaries would not hesitate to label her a witch and burn her at the stake. But Adelia is on a mission. Sent from Salerno, Italy, where women are allowed to study and practice medicine, to Cambridge, England, where women are expected to stay firmly in the home, Adelia and a few intelligent, enlightened companions are charged with solving the grisly murders of four children. Adelia’s examination of the bodies hints that the culprit may be among the pilgrims recently arrived at Cambridge. As Adelia narrows down the list of suspects, author Ariana Franklin introduces the readers to life in the Middle Ages—dirty, grim, ugly, but also populated by men and women not so different from you and me. Mistress of the Art of Death is a sophisticated historical mystery.
posted Jan 18, 2011 at 8:40AM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
In 12th century England, Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, a female doctor and forensics expert with a strong sense of herself, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders which the town has accused the Jews of committing (and preventing Henry from receiving his taxes from his biggest contributors). Adelia is accompanied by Simon, a Jewish investigator, and Mansur, a Muslim eunuch who is her bodyguard. It becomes clear that one of the pilgrim's they traveled with is the likely murderer, and as they close in on the killer, the chase takes some unexpected twists and turns, including a budding romance for Adelia with the King’s tax collector Sir Rowley Picot. The story combines, crusader knights, questionable nuns, suspicious monks, and a sly King Henry II. In addition, the book offers well researched period details not only about twelfth century England and way of life of the crusaders, but also Henry’s relationship with the church and the establishment of common law. The book is a well written, highly satisfying historical mystery. 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Mar 21, 2013 at 3:38PM
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Adopted by a Jew and his Catholic wife, both doctorsl studied at the School of Salerno; must avoid her true identity to avoid accusations of witchcraft; secretly hired by King Henry II to investigate the horrific murders of four children.
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