I loved listening to this even more than I loved reading it...which was a lot! Marvelous setting, excellent characters, story. While it can be said that Adelia is a woman before her time, she is not outlandishly so. Female doctors did exist at this time, as did forward thinking, strong woman (Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II's wife for one). Loved it!
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
Sure, it's another medieval tale of mysterious murder, but it's well done. I enjoyed the pieces of verity and the story. If you don't go looking to dislike it, you'll enjoy it more than you expect. The portrayal of the king of england is especially pleasant as well as the reality of how justice was performed (more or less) in a time when it was new. At it's heart, it's a who dunnit with a little more sensetivity.
The beginning was a bit confusing at first, but well worth the patience. All the characters are so vivid and never feel forced. They are unveiled as is the plot, layer by layer, Great story that builds upon itself.
What a great story! The characters are well developed & each quite interesting. The story itself is timeless yet set in a time when the medical aspects seem impossible. I loved it from beginning to end. Love, murder, sexist macho wariors, old wise men...what more could you want?
I really liked this "book" a lot. If you like Forensics shows and you like the Medieval time period--this is the perfect book! I felt the author provided a great window on the time period and that she didn't focus solely on the well-born. It also was interesting in providing a snippet of Jewish life during the Middle Ages. I'd never given that topic much thought before. I truly was sorry to have the book end went looking for another book set about the same time. I'd be glad to read it again.
Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!
With a heroine in the tradition of Amanda Peabody and a well researched historical setting, this will surely please other Peters' fans as much as it did me. I very much enjoyed the author's incorporation of intriguing details about 12th century life into a gripping mystery with a soupcon of romance. Well done - I hope this is just the first of more to come.
This book started slow. Yet the slow pace of the beginning turned out to be exactly right. In a way this is "CSI" type story set in Henry II's England. The descriptive passages are hypnotic.
I love to read or listen to books where the characters are so well written as to become living breathing people. The plot and "people" were so involving I'd drive around the block to get to the end of a chapter! That is saying something when gas is 4 bucks a gallon:)
Despite the murders the book isn't gory. It is very intense though. I enjoyed it very much and am eagerly awaiting the next installment. The reader, Rosalyn Landor, was marvelous.
I am the WORST when it comes to being a picky reader-especially when it comes to an audio-book. The author has to hold your interest so that your mind doesn't drift, while the narrator is charged with captivating the reader with their own dramatic interpretation of the literature. This book is superior in both aspects!! The story is intriguing and the characters are so real!!
There is NO WAY anyone could possibly be anything but beyond 100% satisfied with this book!!!!
If you like Law and Order: SVU, the History Channel, Lifetime movies, CSI, The Other Boleyn Girl, Sherlock Holmes, or even playing CLUE- you will LOVE this read!
I really enjoyed meeting Adelia in this book and am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series. What really drew me in was the time period in which this takes place, not a commonly written about period and that in itself made the story fun.
Although I was skeptical at first, this book really captured my interest early. The author did an excellent job of depicting a timeless crime in an unusual setting of 12th century England. I don't know if this type of medical specialist existed back then, but the idea is made very plausible here and is supported very well. I also really enjoyed the details of the Crusades that helped me understand more about that dark (in my view) chapter of our history. The reader has a great voice that seems to convey a feeling of authenticity as well. I don't usually write reviews, but I enjoyed this book so much that I felt compelled.