Winner of Best Historical Crime Novel 2007. 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. A renowned investigator, Simon of Naples, is recruited and he arrives in town from the continent accompanied ...
Winner of Best Historical Crime Novel 2007. 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. A renowned investigator, Simon of Naples, is recruited and he arrives in town from the continent accompanied by an Arab and a young woman, Adelia Aguilar. There are few female doctors in twelth century Europe, but Adelia is one of them, having qualified at the great School of Medicine in Salerno. What's more, her speciality is the study of corpses; she is, in fact, a mistress of the art of death, a skill that must be concealed in case she's accused of witchcraft. Adelia's investigation takes her deep into Cambridge, its castle and convents and in a medieval city teeming with life, Adelia makes friends and even finds romance. And, fatally, the attention of a murderer who is prepared to kill again...
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Children are being horribly murdered in Cambridge, England and the king requires the services of Dr. Vesuvia Aguilar, midieval coroner or " mistres of death" to find the killer. She is accompanied by her not so merry band of eccentrics to assist her as she struggles with the prejudices of being a woman in an unacceptable position. Definitely an original this forensic mystery will be fun for historical mystery fans.
May 30, 2007
Mystery and History!
Mistress of the Art of Death is a great read! Author Ariana Franklin leaves you guessing till the end. There are some unexpected twists and turns to the story which add to the reader's enjoyment. This book has some of the flavor of Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose. If you liked that book or movie, Mistress of the Art of Death is definitely for you!
Apr 3, 2007
A good mystery
This is a first class mystery story set in medieval Cambridge, England. There have been a series of horrid murders of children, and the King, Henry 11, through his cousin, the King of Sicily, arranges for a forensic specialist (a woman...slightly unbelievable, but clever) to come and try and solve the problem.. The writing is lively and literate, and the plot is intricate and, once you accept the premise, compelling. Both my husband and I enjoyed the book....not a usual occurance in our household.
Apr 3, 2007
Gripping and Scary
Ariana Franklin brings medieval England to life through her use of imagery. The story itself is gripping and very chilling. However, she avoids the trap of overwhelming the reader by injecting some humor. Very well-developed characters and plot. A must-read for any mystery fan.
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