On hearing of this momentous discovery, King Henry II demands evidence that the legendary Arthur is dead. So he calls upon his Mistress of the Art of Death, anatomist Adelia Aguilar, to examine the bones. But someone doesn’t want the skeletons identified – and is prepared to kill in order to prevent it…
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I love this series - this is the third of four, and I almost don't want to listen to the next, knowing that it's the last. The characters are strong and intriguing, the historical setting and context well explained without being over explained. Henry II is the Plantagenet King of England, and Adelia, a female doctor from Salerno reluctantly agrees to conduct one more investigation into some mysterious deaths for him. Evil outlaws and evil mother-in-laws, mad monks and lepers all play a part in this fine fine mystery. It's also beautifully read, with even the minor characters, men and women from different regions and levels of society, given voices that are distinctive and convincing without falling into irritating stereotype.
Really good story telling. Compelling characters. Beautifully written, well researched, beautifully read. I wanted more.
It was so moreish. I listened to it late into the night, so woke up tired. Always a sign of a good book
I did, except I had to sleep and work in between. Compulsive listening.
I read the whole series, then went looking for more. There is one based in the WW2, which no doubt I will come to soon. I read Winter Seige first, and love this writer.
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