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Mistress of the art of death (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Ariana Franklin

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Title:Mistress of the art of death
Authors:Ariana Franklin
Info:New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
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Tags:13th century England, 999 challenge, forensics, Henry II, Highly rated book group, mystery, detectives, pathology

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (2007)

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A very good Medieval mystery. It does a good job of making that time come alive. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 7, 2017 |
I listened to this Audio book while driving in to work and I thought it was terrific. I saw the book in my daughters book collection. It's a historical mystery, set in medieval Cambridge; its heroine, Vesuvia Adelia Rachael Ortese Aguilar, is a doctor, no, a medical examiner and there's a big mystery about brutally murdered children (the Jews are being accused!), and also a charming (and unlikely) romance to add to the fun. I really enjoyed this Medical mystery and the reading. It certainly was nicely done and I look forward to other mysteries featuring Adelia and Rowley.
Jack Murphy ( )
  urph818 | Feb 19, 2017 |
An intriguing (though short lived) series about a 12th century female forensic doctor who is removed from her beloved Salerno, Italy to Cambridge, UK to help catch a child killer. The dead speak to her and they have a lot to say.

The plot was well developed and the characters were fully realised. Franklin does well in keeping with the time and place (12th century England) though she sometimes cheats with patrois and language, by having a character comment they could not understand what was being said between two other characters speaking the local tongue. Well, maybe cheating is not the right word but it is a clever device to get a better feel for the period.

The mystery itself was difficult enough to suss out who the killer(s) were, which is why this book endears itself to me and shows the author was skillful enough to drop hints but not so obvious as you figure out the entire thing in the first 50 pages but keeps you turning until the end.

Highly recommended. ( )
  byshieldmaiden | Jan 17, 2017 |
3.5 stars ( )
  Gaiagirlie | Jan 12, 2017 |
Adelia is the 12th century equivalent of a coroner who is called it to figure out who is killing children in Cambridge. The village is in an uproar, with the local Jewish population quarantined in the castle because the rest of the villagers believe they are guilty (even though more children have been killed since they've been there). A female doctor is anathema to social standards, so Adelia spends a lot of time sneaking around in order to do her work. I learned a lot of things that I now want to know more about: Henry II, Salerno, and 12th century Europe in general. I'll have to pick up the other books in this series at some point. ( )
  melydia | Dec 16, 2016 |
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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
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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.
Love, however doomed, had the capacity to attach buoys to the soul.
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Ariana Franklin is the pen name of Diana Norman.
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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.

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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Sent to medieval Cambridge in order to exonerate Jewish prisoners who have been accused of murdering four children, University of Salerno medical expert Adelia discovers that the killer may be a former crusader.

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