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Grave Goods

Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (746 ratings)

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The "richly detailed, almost indecently thrilling" (New York Times) follow-up to The Serpent's Tale

When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons. 

At the same time, the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Bishop of St. Albans, father of Adelia's daughter. Trouble is, someone at Glastonbury doesn't want either mystery solved and is prepared to kill to prevent it....

©2009 Ariana Franklin (P)2009 Penguin

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  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 09-20-09

A surprising thrill ride

I loved it. A few inconsistencies here and there, and yes, I anticipated most of the plot moves but who cares? The dialog was spot on, the characters well rounded and real. The reader, Kate Reading, was terrific. Her voice brought the various people alive. She is surprising adept at male voices. Am I the only person who hears her Henry speaking the words of the author, Franklin, and sees Peter O'Toole? Adelia's insight into the nature of the men who turn out to be her friends and saviors is wonderful to listen to. This was one of those books I couldn't wait to hear the end of, yet I did not want it to end. I can't wait for more!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Third is Second

I loved this series from the beginning. The first was the best, and this, the third novel, is second. Number two left me unsatisfied.

As always, Ms. Franklin's history is well researched, and her people are more real than some of my neighbors. No one is all good or bad. Henry II is an enlightened but manipulative monarch. The Bishop Of St. Albans, Rowley, is as conflicted about his passion for Adelia as before. And Adelia herself is as intelligent, independent & inquisitive as always. Some of the actions might be a bit far fetched to us in the 21st century. I can never get my head around the all encompassing religious faith, laws, and pressure from the Catholic church that was the norm in the 12th century. The Pope had the power to bring down monarchs, and the church could declare a death sentence on anyone it decided was a heretic.

At the end of the book, you know some changes will be made. I hope those changes have King Henry
and Bishop Rowley playing larger parts in book#4.
We'll have to wait now, alas, to see.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Excellent writing and narration

I found this series when I rejoined audible and was hooked within the first five minutes of listening. I have nothing but good things to say about both the writing and the narration! The interaction among the characters is interesting, humorous and believable and the who-dunnit in each novel is never easy to figure out, something I appreciate immensely! No bodice rippers disguised as a weakly written mystery - yea!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very enjoyable

A winner! This one is even better than the one before. Franklin gives us an engaging story, an intriguing mystery, and a good sense of place. The reading is excellent, with distinctly different accents and voices for different characters.

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Ariana Franklin delivers another great story

I really enjoy the books in this series. Kate Reading is a wonderfully talented narrator who brings the stories to life with her voices. I highly recommend these books if you are a fan of historical fiction.

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pretty good historical mystery

This was a good historical mystery with acceptable narration, except when the narrator made the major character, who is otherwise indominable, sound weepy and wimpy.

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Good Reading

I have read the previous books in this series; this is the best of them. The plotting is now solid, varied and compelling, and some of the mannerisms I found annoying in the first two books have been toned downed down. The heroine is still exasperating, but it now seems a character trait, not a flaw in the storytelling. I still doubt that Salerno in the twelfth century was quite the utopia it is described as, but in all, the series seems on its way to portraying an interesting and enjoyable picture of a distant age.

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Another enjoyable Ariana Franklin 12th century adventure

Her unique combination of detective plus historical fiction with a small dose of romance is always a good read or "listen". Kate Reading is just so great. This performance is a prime example of why she has been called the "Voice of the Century" by Audiofile magazine.

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Engaging

This is the third in the series, and so far, very good. All are well written and hold you until the end to find out what has happened. They close with all the loose ends tied up and don't require you to get the next one to find out what will happen. I like that in a series. Also, they reference the previous novel's characters and events but don't require that you have read them to understand the plot.

While I like the protagonist very much, I don't like the constant reference to her full name. It sounds so egotistical and she isn't that sort of heroine. The twists of plot and Adelia's sense of self worth make for a good female lead. I have enjoyed them very much though I think they are similar in the general outline from one to the next.

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Great listen

If you liked The Name Of The Rose and Outlander then I believe you would enjoy this whole series. Love the narrator. I love books that show a strong female character. I will definitely recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful