Psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory only has a walk-on part in this one. The "what if.." part of this story rings so true. What if doctor-assisted suicide was illegal in your state? Oh, wait - that's true for about 50 of our states. OK, what if you were given a shortened life and a dismal death? Would you pay someone to kill you "accidentally"? I, for one, would seriously give that some thought. Well, the main character here is faced with that. Omigoodness! What if that turns out to be wrong? Or not? Or... Trust me, you will not want to put down your iPod on this one.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one - The Mistress of the Art of Death - IMMENSELY. The author makes the time and the woman very believable. I am enjoying the Medieval medical information. I have often been grateful to be living in the 21st century with two painful conditions (arthritis and fibromyalgia). But the Mistress could have helped arthritic people then at least somewhat. I do have one negative thought - Kate Reading is a skilled reader, but Roslyn Landor's voice was spot on for a Miedeval story.
I chose this on the interesting idea alone and was absolutely delighted with the story and the narration which was perfect for the story. The forensics and the profiling by a woman doctor in medieval England was completely believable, based on my knowledge of the time. I will listen to all three of Ms. Franklin's books listed (at this point) on Audible, though I am disappointed by the change of narrators.
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