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The Mistress of the Art of Death: Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1 | [Ariana Franklin]

The Mistress of the Art of Death: Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1

In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, have been forced to retreat into the castle to avoid slaughter by angry townspeople. Henry, King of England, is displeased. The Jews provide a large part of his revenue and therefore the real killer must be found, and quickly.
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In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, have been forced to retreat into the castle to avoid slaughter by angry townspeople. Henry, King of England, is displeased. The Jews provide a large part of his revenue and therefore the real killer must be found, and quickly. A renowned investigator, Simon of Naples, is recruited and he arrives in town from the continent accompanied by an Arab and a young woman, Adelia Aguilar. There are few female doctors in twelfth century Europe, but Adelia is one of them, having qualified at the great School of Medicine in Salerno. What’s more, 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, the attention of a murderer who is prepared to kill again…

©2007 Ariana Franklin (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • Beverley
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    8/18/11
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    "An Excellent Mystery"

    A rivetting and clever mystery read quite beautifully. One of the best historic murders I have come across. Looking forward to hearing the others in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Herbie Skeete
    Datchworth, Knebworth, Herts, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Great story spoilt by wooden, one paced audio"
    If you could sum up The Mistress of the Art of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Rivetting, inaccurate, engaging,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great plot. Interesting characters.


    What didn’t you like about Diana Bishop’s performance?

    One paced, wooden speak your weight like performance. Simply awful. I have read the book (some time ago) and was looking forward to the audio version. The audio subtracted value.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose that Diana Bishop has been paid and it is too late to get someone else?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    NEWMARKET, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "Excellent Historical Mystery"

    This book first attracted my attention because I live in Cambridge. It is a well-researched piece which conveys a strong sense of setting but still engages the reader with a modernly conceived mystery. The characters are wonderful and I loved the way actual historical events are integrated into the plot even if the author had to fiddle a bit in order to make the story work.

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