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Mistress of the Art of Death (2007)

by Ariana Franklin

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Series: Mistress of the Art of Death (1)

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Fantastically interesting book. A bit dark but truly a page turner, I found that I wanted to read it again almost immediately after finishing it which is always the mark of a good book for me. ( )
  magickislife | Nov 20, 2018 |
direi 3 stelle e mezzo.......
sono rimasta colpitissima da questo libro, e direi che la struttura del mistero viene dipanata molto bene nello scorrere degli eventi, perfette tutte le vicende storiche che si innestano nella storia , ho deciso di dare solo 3 stelle e mezzo perche è veramente troppo prolisso, descrizioni ed eventi che non regalano nulla di piu' alla struttura degli eventi, ma lasciano la sensazione di indigestione......
la protagonista è molto piacevole e mi ha colpito per come ci viene presentata, sicuramente leggerò altri libri di questa autrice.... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
direi 3 stelle e mezzo.......
sono rimasta colpitissima da questo libro, e direi che la struttura del mistero viene dipanata molto bene nello scorrere degli eventi, perfette tutte le vicende storiche che si innestano nella storia , ho deciso di dare solo 3 stelle e mezzo perche è veramente troppo prolisso, descrizioni ed eventi che non regalano nulla di piu' alla struttura degli eventi, ma lasciano la sensazione di indigestione......
la protagonista è molto piacevole e mi ha colpito per come ci viene presentata, sicuramente leggerò altri libri di questa autrice.... ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
This is a wonderful, good old fashioned read with a great sense of history, outrageously interesting characters and an engrossing plot that involves just about every literary device possible to sustain interest, build the story and sustain a feverish pace. It is just massively enjoyable and I ended up caring deeply about the characters and felt I could almost smell the Cam, the dog, the people and the potions. It paints pictures with gigantic brush strokes and caresses you into a medieval world of duplicitous religiosity, all powerful and corrupted church officials and an all pervasive King. Sure, there were anachronisms (cholera just didn't exist at this time) and, sure, there were moments where credibility was stretched but that was all part of the buccaneering ride, and the essential spirit and energy of the book. I just adored this book and loved being sent back to such a fascinating period of history. This is an utterly absorbing, atmospheric, beautifully written, meticulously researched and epic read. Put aside a day, find a comfy seat, a glass of wine, a suspension of belief and just soak it up. Glorious. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Sub-genre: Historical Mystery
5 Stars

Synopsis:
Henry II of England has a problem. The Jews are suspected of killing small children and cannot pay their taxes. Henry summons a “doctor of the dead” from Salerno and Adelia Aguilar must not only investigate the gruesome deaths but also conceal her identity among a superstitious people preoccupied with blood libels and witchcraft. Adelia and her companions are in a race against time to solve the mystery before the Jews are lynched and another child is slaughtered.

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This is one of the best books I have ever read – it is basically CSI in the Middle Ages. The descriptions of the period are detailed and thought provoking, and the characterization is brilliant even for the supporting cast. I particularly enjoyed the heroine, who is intelligent and admirable. The traditional serial killer plots takes on an interesting twist that will shock and disturb. I know it made my throat go dry.
Recommendation: Highly recommended. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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What he gets is Adelia Aguilar, a doctor whose independent mind and arrogant manner are as unorthodox as her profession. Adelia is a delight and her spirited efforts to stop the killings, while tending to the sick, making friends and finding romance, add to our appreciation of her forensic skills. But the lonely figure who truly stands out in Franklin’s vibrant tapestry of medieval life is King Henry — an enlightened monarch condemned to live in dark times.
 

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Franklin, Arianaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Đurić, MilanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Himmelstoss, BeateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nowak-Kreyer, MaciejTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rosenbloom, MiriamCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Helen Heller,
mistress of the art of thrillers
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Here they come. From down the road we can hear harness jingling and see dust rising into the warm spring sky.
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Love, however doomed, had the capacity to attach buoys to the soul.
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In medieval Cambridge, four children have been murdered. The Catholic townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors, so to save them from the rioting mob, the Cambridge Jews are placed under the protection of the king. Henry II is no friend of the Jews -- or anyone, really -- but he believes in law and order, and he desperately need the taxes and loans he receives from Jewish merchants. Hoping scientific investigation will help catch the true killer, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily, whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe, to send a forensics specialist. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno, an expert in the science of anatomy and the art of detection. Her name is Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar: the king has been sent a "mistress of the art of death." In the backward and superstitious country that is England, Adelia faces danger at every turn. 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 one of the king's tax collectors, Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be either a much-needed friend or an ally of the fiend they seek. As Adelia's investigation takes her along Cambridge's shadowy river paths, and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries, the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again... (978-0-399-15414-0)
Haiku summary
Mistress of the art
of death helps to uncover
Cambridge child killer.
(passion4reading)
Medieval woman
studies Dark Age forensics
solves baffling crime
(BekiLynn)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425219259, Paperback)

The national bestselling 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:32 -0400)

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