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reviewed Mistress of the Art of Death. January 19, 2011
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
   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 …
reviewed Mistress of the Art of Death. July 09, 2010
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Mistress of the Art of Death. June 10, 2010
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
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.
reviewed Devil's Brood. March 03, 2009
Devil's Brood
I am a big fan of Sharon Kay Penman & have read all of her books - with the exception of the mysteries. I am always saddened when I reach the end of a book because each one is so satisfying & engrossing. …
reviewed Mistress of the Art of Death. February 20, 2009
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
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 …
reviewed Devil's Brood. January 31, 2009
Devil's Brood
The concluding chapter in Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II, and their children, Devil's Brood, could almost read like a modern-day soap opera. If anyone believes that dysfunctionality …
reviewed The Serpent's Tale, Ariana Franklin. January 10, 2009
Serpent's Tale, Ariana Franklin
In the second installation of Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death series, Salerno-trained physician, Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar has remained in England at the behest of Henry II, her methods …
reviewed Devil's Brood. November 11, 2008
Devil's Brood
Sensational is the only word for this book. Ms Penman is by far the most talented historical author of her generation - this book is meticulously detailed (the depth of historical research is astounding) …
reviewed Beloved Enemy: The Passions of Eleano.... November 29, 2007
Beloved Enemy: The Passions of Eleanor of Aquitaine, a Novel
Before you start off reading this book, be aware that it is historical fiction. And that for all that Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most famous high profile women of her time, very little isource …
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