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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
  

Mistress of the Art of Death

Part of the Adelia Aguilar Series
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Recent winner of the CWA’s Ellis Peters’ Historical Dagger award, a tale of murder in mediaeval Cambridge. A very special book for although I did pick out the killer and his helper about half way through, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment – besides I had to find out if I was right! In Cambridge someone is kidnapping and killing very young children. Help is summoned from Italy to attempt to solve the crimes. The Jewish community is suspected and the investigators include a female doctor who has to be very careful not to be accused of witchcraft. Bringing this dangerous period very much to life, this is a brilliantly researched historical thriller that draws you into its malicious world effortlessly. I am delighted to discover that it is the beginning of a series.

Comparison: C J Sansom, Susanna Gregory, Alys Clare.

Mistress of the Art of Death series:
1. The Mistress of the Art of Death
2. The Death Maze
3. Relics of the Dead
4. The Assassin's Prayer

If you like Ariana Franklin you might also like to read books by Alys Clare, Rory Clements and Paul Doherty.

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

England, 1171 and a child is in danger… In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, who provide a large part of Henry, King of England’s revenue, are being made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, therefore the king wants the real killer found, and quickly. A renowned investigator, Simon of Naples, is recruited, aided by an Arab and a young woman, Adelia Aguilar.

There are few female doctors in twelfth century Europe, but Adelia is one of them. Her speciality is the study of corpses; she is, in fact, a mistress of the art of death, a skill that must be concealed in case she’s accused of witchcraft.

Adelia’s investigation takes her deep into Cambridge, its castle and convents, and in a medieval city teeming with life, Adelia makes friends and even finds romance. And, fatally, attracts the attention of a murderer who is prepared to kill again.


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'Entertaining, well researched and well written.' JOANNE HARRIS

'Terrific... Wonderfully plotted. It's a historical mystery that succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and crime-thriller.' Diana Gabaldon, WASHINGTON POST

'Great fun! Franklin succeeds in vividly bringing the 12th century to life with this cracking good story. Expertly researched, a brilliant heroine, full of excellent period detail.' Kate Mosse, author of LABYRINTH

About the Author

Ariana Franklin

Ariana Franklin was born in Devon and, like her father, became a journalist. Having invaded Wales dressed in combat uniform with the Royal Marines for one of their military exercises, accompanied the Queen on a royal visit, missed her own twenty-first birthday party because she had to cover a murder, she married, almost inevitably, another journalist. At this point she decided that staying married was a good idea so she abandoned her career in national newspapers and settled down in the country to bring up two daughters, study medieval history and write. Ariana was the author of the acclaimed, award-winning Mistress of the Art of Death series. She passed away in 2011.

Author photo © Mary Jane Russell

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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2008

Author

Ariana Franklin

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Author's Website

www.arianafranklin.com/

Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / Suspense
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780857500366

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