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Mistress of the Art of Death

7 Ratings: 4.1
historical fiction by Ariana Franklin

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Author: Ariana Franklin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Date Published: January 29, 2008
4 reviews about Mistress of the Art of Death
review by . January 19, 2011
   Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar has just been dispatched from Salerno to Cambridge in an effort to help catch a killer. This particular killer chooses children as his victims, and as the story begins, he has had his savage and bloodthirsty way with four of them. As the murdered children are all Christians, suspicion begins to fall on the Jews of Cambridge, much to the chagrin of King Henry, who wishes to see them absolved. Adelia finds herself in a strange predicament after …
review by . July 09, 2010
Having opted to be a stay-at-home mom a couple of years ago, my budget means I'm a big library-borrower these days, rather than a book-buyer.  That said, Ariana Franklin's books are on my shelves - they're just too enjoyable to pass up.        Mistress of the Art of Death is the first in a series, and after I got lost in the story during the day or two it took to consume the first book, I get excited every time I hear a new title has been released.     …
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Very inventive premise combined with a solid mystery. A female physician from relatively enlightened Sicily forced to deal with the ignorant prejudices of Angevin England.
review by . February 20, 2009
Mistress of the Art of Death
In 1171, Cambridge is beset by a series of brutal child murders, so inflaming the citizens that they turn on the local Jews as scapegoats, reinforcing the common belief that these baby killers routinely sacrifice Christian children to their God. Such medieval prejudices are common, the uneducated villagers quick to gather into a hysterical mob screaming for the blood of the guilty with no proof other than the hearsay of so-called witnesses, whose stories are further embellished in the telling. Literally …
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