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A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction.

In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend of the Jews — or anyone, really — but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily — whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe — and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," an early version of the medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno. But her name is Adelia — the king has been sent a mistress of the art of death.

Adelia and her companions — Simon, a Jew, and Mansur, a Moor — travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders, which turn out to be the work of a serial killer, most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king. In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, one of the king's tax collectors, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. Rowley may be a needed friend, or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia's investigation takes her into 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...

Review:

"It's hard enough to produce a gripping thriller — harder still to write convincing historical fiction that recreates a living, breathing past. But this terrific book does both, and does it with a cast of characters so vivid and engaging that you'd be happy to read about them even if they weren't on the track of a sexually depraved serial child-murderer.

'Mistress of the Art of Death'... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The bold, brilliant heroine of Mistress of the Art of Death is the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives. This is a compelling, unique and vibrant page-turner." Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of the Elizabeth I mystery series

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"Though her narrative is somewhat uneven, Franklin (City of Shadows) delivers rich period detail and a bloody good ending reflecting the savagery of the times." Booklist

Review:

"CSI meets The Canterbury Tales....Franklin hits commercial paydirt....Franklin has devised an appealing amalgam of genres....A potentially winning formula, delivered with panache." Kirkus Reviews

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"Franklin presents a fascinating character in Adelia, who is odd for her era and profession yet familiar in her flaws and complexity. This novel will surely please mystery fans as well as lovers of historical fiction." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] spellbinding yarn of pageantry, intrigue, sharp character studies and provocative themes....You won't be able to put it down." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"[A] rollicking microcosm of budding science, medieval culture and edge-of-your-seat suspense." USA Today

Synopsis:

Set in medieval England, this chilling, mesmerizing novel combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction, as a "mistress of the art of death" — an early version of a medical examiner — arrives in Cambridge from Italy to investigate the suspicious deaths of four children.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction.

In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend of the Jews-or anyone, really-but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily-whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe-and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," an early version of the medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno. But her name is Adelia-the king has been sent a mistress of the art of death.

Adelia and her companions-Simon, a Jew, and Mansur, a Moor-travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders, which turn out to be the work of a serial killer, most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king. In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, one of the king's tax collectors, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. Rowley may be a needed friend, or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia's investigation takes her into 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 . .

About the Author

Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A former journalist, Norman has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman.

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cajunbliss, February 28, 2012 (view all comments by cajunbliss)
Strong female lead historical mystery novel, can a female doctor assist king Henry during the dark ages and not get labeled a witch or killed for knowing too much? Find out by reading this one. Well written and addictive page turner.
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jddistef, September 1, 2009 (view all comments by jddistef)
Take your favorite forensic science thriller elements and transport them to medieval times. I am NOT an historical fiction buff, but this book is fantastic. The characters are vivid and the plot tightly woven.

Love crime thrillers but tired of the same old plot devices? Give Mistress of the Art of Death a try!
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teri kurasch, May 10, 2009 (view all comments by teri kurasch)
Great read that combines the historical era of King Henry with the beginnings of modern autopsy and crime investigations. The added unexpected romance makes it a fast read worthy of recommendation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425219256
Author:
Franklin, Ariana
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Henry
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Mistress of the Art of Death
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425219256 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The bold, brilliant heroine of Mistress of the Art of Death is the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives. This is a compelling, unique and vibrant page-turner."
"Review" by , "Though her narrative is somewhat uneven, Franklin (City of Shadows) delivers rich period detail and a bloody good ending reflecting the savagery of the times."
"Review" by , "CSI meets The Canterbury Tales....Franklin hits commercial paydirt....Franklin has devised an appealing amalgam of genres....A potentially winning formula, delivered with panache."
"Review" by , "Franklin presents a fascinating character in Adelia, who is odd for her era and profession yet familiar in her flaws and complexity. This novel will surely please mystery fans as well as lovers of historical fiction."
"Review" by , "[A] spellbinding yarn of pageantry, intrigue, sharp character studies and provocative themes....You won't be able to put it down."
"Review" by , "[A] rollicking microcosm of budding science, medieval culture and edge-of-your-seat suspense."
"Synopsis" by , Set in medieval England, this chilling, mesmerizing novel combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction, as a "mistress of the art of death" — an early version of a medical examiner — arrives in Cambridge from Italy to investigate the suspicious deaths of four children.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction.

In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend of the Jews-or anyone, really-but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily-whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe-and asks for his finest "master of the art of death," an early version of the medical examiner. The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno. But her name is Adelia-the king has been sent a mistress of the art of death.

Adelia and her companions-Simon, a Jew, and Mansur, a Moor-travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders, which turn out to be the work of a serial killer, most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king. In a backward and superstitious country like England, Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, one of the king's tax collectors, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. Rowley may be a needed friend, or the fiend for whom they are searching. As Adelia's investigation takes her into 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 . .
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