Mistress of the Art of Death (A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel #1) (Paperback)

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King Henry II has a problem, 4 children have been
horribly murdered in Cambridge.  The
local populace put the blame squarely on the Jews, never mind that they have
been locked up in the castle to protect them from the hysterical mob since the
first murder, they must have flown over the castle walls in the dead of night
to kill the other 3 innocent children. 
The king is certain there is a more earthly solution than Jewish people
flying over castle walls, he requires a crafty investigator.  Adelia is perfectly content in Salerno where
she teaches at the medical school, she is a Mistress of the Art of Death,
the forerunner of today’s forensic pathologists.  Adelia is not pleased to be summoned to
England in order to help solve a crime for the King, but the voices of the dead
cry out to her for justice and it is justice they will have.

— Deon Stonehouse


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.

About the Author

Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A bestselling author and former journalist, she lives in England with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman.

Praise For…

"A fabulous read...irresistible." -- New York Daily News "Vivid and engaging...succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and crime thriller. [A] terrific book...with a dozen twists." -- Diana Gabaldon, Washington Post "One of the most compelling, suspenseful mysteries I've read in years." -- New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman "The medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives." -- Karen Harper, bestselling author of the Elizabeth I mystery series "Fascinating...a rollicking microcosm of budding science, medieval culture, and edge-of-your-seat suspense." -- USA Today "Expert researched, a brilliant heroine." -- Kate Mosse, New York Times bestselling author of Labyrinth "CSI meets The Canterbury Tales...commercial paydirt...delivered with panache." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425219256
ISBN-10: 0425219259
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 29th, 2008
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel