A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417 ratings

Mistress of the Art of Death Publisher's Summary

The national best-selling hit hailed by the New York Times as a "vibrant medieval mystery...[it] outdoes the competition." 

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. 

As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

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  • Book 1

    • Mistress of the Art of Death

    • A Novel
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,479
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 746
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 743

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good story wonderfully set

    • By Jami E. Nettles on 02-17-07

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Mistress of the Art of Death

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    Regular price: $26.29

  • Book 2

    • The Serpent's Tale

    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 641
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 410

    When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate - and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking - and omens of greater danger to come. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Sylvia on 01-30-11

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    • The Death Maze

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 2
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    Since solving a particularly nasty case of child murder using her forensic skills, Adelia Aguilar is deemed too valuable to send back to the School of Medicine in Salerno. Instead, King Henry II has decided to keep her in England. This is bad news for Adelia – in twelfth-century England women doctors are regarded with great suspicion. So, with her illegitimate child, Adelia is forced to live and practise in the secrecy of Cambridgeshire’s fenland. But at Henry’s court, terrible things are happening.

    Regular price: $24.10

  • Book 3

    • Grave Goods

    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 725
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A surprising thrill ride

    • By Wadie on 09-20-09

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Relics of the Dead

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 3
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    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…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing mystery, fascinating historical context

    • By Alison on 03-05-12

    Regular price: $22.71

  • Book 4

    • A Murderous Procession

    • A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The end of a fantastic series?

    • By Betty on 04-09-11

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    • The Assassin's Prayer

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 4
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    Adelia Aguilar is to accompany 10-year-old Princess Joanna on her thousand-mile journey to marry the King of Sicily. They must take with them the legendary sword Excalibur. And so Adelia sets sail with the golden princess and her lavish procession of nobles, musicians, servants, laundresses, grooms, luggage and treasure. But when members of the procession begin to die and it looks as though Adelia is to blame, there are dangerous accusations of witchcraft.

    Regular price: $24.10