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The Mistress of the Art of Death Audiobook

The Mistress of the Art of Death: Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 twelfth 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...

©2007 Ariana Franklin (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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    Beverley 18/08/2011
    Beverley 18/08/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "An Excellent Mystery"

    A rivetting and clever mystery read quite beautifully. One of the best historic murders I have come across. Looking forward to hearing the others in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline London, United Kingdom 19/11/2014
    Caroline London, United Kingdom 19/11/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb!"
    Would you listen to The Mistress of the Art of Death again? Why?

    Mistress of the Art of Death had a great plot with plenty of twists, turns and historical details. I loved the main character, Adelia and the relationships she developed with the people of Cambridgeshire. It kept me up late at night to finish it and I have just downloaded Book 2.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer NEWMARKET, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Jennifer NEWMARKET, United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Historical Mystery"

    This book first attracted my attention because I live in Cambridge. It is a well-researched piece which conveys a strong sense of setting but still engages the reader with a modernly conceived mystery. The characters are wonderful and I loved the way actual historical events are integrated into the plot even if the author had to fiddle a bit in order to make the story work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Herbie Skeete Datchworth, Knebworth, Herts, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    Herbie Skeete Datchworth, Knebworth, Herts, United Kingdom 09/07/2013 Member Since 2013

    Reads historical fiction, crime and thrillers.

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    "Great story spoilt by wooden, one paced audio"
    If you could sum up The Mistress of the Art of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Rivetting, inaccurate, engaging,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great plot. Interesting characters.


    What didn’t you like about Diana Bishop’s performance?

    One paced, wooden speak your weight like performance. Simply awful. I have read the book (some time ago) and was looking forward to the audio version. The audio subtracted value.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose that Diana Bishop has been paid and it is too late to get someone else?!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Bedell Sandyford, Dublin, IE 20/04/2016
    Kate Bedell Sandyford, Dublin, IE 20/04/2016 Member Since 2015

    Kate Bedell

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    "Beautifully read with a story rich with imagery."

    I felt I was there . I. loved it , especially the heroine Adelia Aguilar.

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    liz Bury, United Kingdom 04/12/2015
    liz Bury, United Kingdom 04/12/2015 Member Since 2010

    Like listening in my car

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    "Middle Ages Scarpetta"
    What did you like most about The Mistress of the Art of Death?

    I thought the story was good. It flowed and the suspense continued until the conclusion.
    There were moments of humour, tension, despair all woven expertly into the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mistress of the Art of Death?

    The panic when the last child disappeared.


    What does Diana Bishop bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her voice suited the story, especially with a strong female character.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry in parts and I enjoyed the mix of emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    I have the next in the series ready to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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