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Mistress of the Art of Death (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Ariana Franklin

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Title:Mistress of the Art of Death
Authors:Ariana Franklin
Info:Berkley Trade (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 420 pages
Collections:audio book rental
Tags:England, murder, 50 book challenge (2012), ABR, serial killer

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

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Very slow to start (apply the 100 page rule!) but once it gets going a very good read. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Aug 20, 2015 |
CSI in medeival England. Excellent read. Will definitely be picking up Ms. Franklin's next book.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Very fun read. A woman whose father was teaching her medicine with corpses, she attends the medical school. She is called on the help find the murderer of the children and with the help of a gentleman she solves the mystery. Lots of early history on medicine and how investigating crimes were done. ( )
  libraryclerk | Jul 3, 2015 |
This was a very gripping listening. I love mysteries which are set in mediaeval times and this one didn't disappoint me. It's about a female physician who learnt her skill in Salerno. She is specialised in reading bones and therefore she got the call from the English king to investigate the murders of children which the Jewish population was accused of.
She had to hide her profession because there weren't any female physicians at that time and women who had healing energy were accused of witchcraft. ( )
  Ameise1 | May 31, 2015 |
Children are being killed and the Jews are being accused which is causing the King problems; so, he sends to Southern Italy and his brother king there for a trusted investigator and a "doctor of death".

There are numerous LT reviews for this book ... I'll just say that I enjoyed the setting and the characters and I will probably look out for the next one featuring Adelia.
  hailelib | Apr 13, 2015 |
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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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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.

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Set in medieval England, a young Italian doctor, Adelia, must solve the mysterious murders of four children.

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