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A Murderous Procession (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Ariana Franklin

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Title:A Murderous Procession
Authors:Ariana Franklin
Info:Berkley Trade (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:2013 Reads, Your library, My EBooks
Rating:*****
Tags:Historical Fiction, Mystery

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A Murderous Procession(aka The Assassin's Prayer) by Ariana Franklin (2010)

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Love all of Ariana's books, sad that the world lost her too soon. ( )
  winterslights | Jun 12, 2016 |
I loved this, in fact I got so caught up in this book that I seriously considered phoning the friend I was meeting to say that something had come up and that I had to cancel. It moves along at a good pace although the identity of the bad guy was to obvious which stops this from being a 5* read. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
A Murderous Procession
3 Stars

Adelia Aguilar has finally found some peace living in Somerset, but Henry II interferes once again when he demands that she accompany his daughter on her marriage procession to Sicily. Adelia reluctantly agrees but the journey is rife with murder and betrayal in the form of a villain from the past who will stop at nothing to destroy the Mistress of the Art of Death.

As in the previous installments, the historical background and insight into the lives of historical figures are fascinating. Moreover, the picture Franklin draws of the harshness of life in the 12th century, especially for women, is quite vivid and disturbing.

While the revenge plot is good, most of the mystery involves determining the real identity of the sick and twisted villain from a long list of suspects. The majority of characters are stereotypical, although one or two have some interesting fetishes, and familiar faces from the first three books are sorely missing. Moreover, Adelia’s intelligence seems to have dimmed somewhat as she refuses to acknowledge the threat even when those closest to her issue warning after warning.

It should be noted that the book ends on a cliffhanger, which in and of itself would not be the end of the world, however, the author as since passed away and there is, consequently, no closure to this particular storyline. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
This was a disappointing end to the Mistress of the Art of Death series. The story began as well-written as the other books in the series, if a little far-fetched. However, the ending was extremely disappointing. The book just cut off. There was no explanation to the reveal of the killer or explanation of what happened to Adelia and company. The killer was revealed, ignored (literally), then the book ended. I will say that this author passed away not long after the book was published. I'm sure her illness affected her ability to finish the story to her normal standards. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
This is the fourth book in the "Mistress of the Art of Death" series and I'm done. I really liked the first and third books, the second was okay, but this one drove me nuts. The main character, supposedly such a smart woman, was so idiotic that I really didn't care if she ended up getting killed. It was made even worse by the narrator whose voice irritated me beyond belief. (The narrators of the first three, Rosalyn Landor and Kate Reading) were very good so the contrast was startling. 2 and 1/2 stars. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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From the Publisher: Joanna, the youngest of King Henry's daughters, is on her way to marry William II, king of Sicily. The journey will be long and dangerous, so Henry sends the only doctor he trusts -- Adelia Aquilar, who is just as gifted with the living as she is with the dead. Usually, Adelia would be eager to visit her homeland, but Henry insists she leave her daughter in England as insurance she'll return. Adelia takes out her bitterness on Rowley, her former lover and Henry's most loyal man. Rowley is along for protection because a princess travelling with a fortune in jewels and gold is a tempting target, especially when among the treasures is the great sword Excalibur. Henry has decided to give it to his future son-in-law and greatest ally -- to keep it from his ambitious sons. But the scheming of princes is nothing compared to a madman who seeks revenge because he blames Adelia for his lover's death...
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Adelia Aguilar is back in this thrilling fourth installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series. In 1176, King Henry II chooses Adelia to help keep his daughter safe. But when people in her wedding procession are murdered, Adelia must discover the killer's identity.… (more)

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