This is a pretty good read and the story isn't bad but it's definitely not in the same class of historical fiction as C.J. Sansom, Umberto Eco, Robert Harris or Ken Follett. It turns into a pretty lurid bodice ripper towards the end, which is a pity, but I guess a lot of the ladies will enjoy it for that. Even so, it's a lot better than Ruth Downie, and the narration is excellent.
Mistress of the Art of Death is a well written, well developed historical mystery. The history is researched and enlightening and the characters are unique. I am not one to read books that contain violence against children but I suffered through those parts for the sake of the story.
if you love the Patrica Cromwell "Scarpetta" novels you will certainly enjoy this.
The first female forsenic pathologist, set in Englend during the reign of Edward II.
Birillant and suspensful.
Although the book was interesting as I got towards the middle, I dont think that this is my perfered genre of titles.
It seems like the book was told with such accuracy of women in that time, but I d think that the book started off slow and confusing.
I think her voice fit the story, But she seem to be reaading kind of slow and her voice ws sort of distracting while trying to understand what was going on. I choose to read the book instead of going with her recording of the story.
I don't think that it needs a follow up, because it ended right for the story line that it was following.
Being forced to read the book for an assignment in class I think that it was an okay novel. It's not something that I would have picked up and read for myself though.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
I had trouble caring about the story and the character to the point where I skipped many chapters and jumped to the end. There, I was quite surprised that the book had turned into a romance that reminded me of the Outlander series, which I couldn't get though either.
This had to be one of the most boring stories I've listened to in many ages. I could respect the writing, and could appreciate where the author was going, but man alive, I fell asleep at least 3 times while driving through traffic listening to this.
The story plodded along at one speed, slow. The story moved along so poorly that I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. If you like stories with a little more bite to them, stay away from this at all costs.
The best way to describe this book is to say that it is like Patricia Cornwell rewrote Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose." It is not particularly erudite, but having researched this time period rather extensively, I can't find fault with the author's research that is not included in the afterward. Yes, the "body farm" is a bit precious, but overall, the premise of the book is believable and entertaining. That it occassionally ventures into the "romance" genre is, thankfully, brief and primarily forgivable.
I was, though, disappointed in the lack of strong characterization -- Adelia is well-drawn, but there aren't any other fully-rounded personalities, which would have added greatly to the overall story and more emotionally invested the listener/reader.
Addicted to Audible!
I agree with the other positive posts about this book. I also agree with the analogy to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. I thought that was a positive since I love her books! If you like Cornwell and want a different "twist" you will love this book.
I downloaded this book because it got such great reviews - a real page turner. I don't get it .. it was just okay - it was no page turner for me.