Mistress of the Art of Death

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The Mistress of the Art of Death 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…

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  • Book 1

    • The Mistress of the Art of Death

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 1
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Mystery

    • By Beverley on 18-08-11

    Regular price: £24.09

  • Book 2

    • The Death Maze

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 2
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Since solving a particularly nasty case of child murder using her forensic skills, Adelia Aguilar is deemed too valuable to send back to the School of Medicine in Salerno. Instead, King Henry II has decided to keep her in England. This is bad news for Adelia – in twelfth-century England women doctors are regarded with great suspicion. So, with her illegitimate child, Adelia is forced to live and practise in the secrecy of Cambridgeshire’s fenland. But at Henry’s court, terrible things are happening.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I just love the way Franklin writes

    • By Sandra on 23-01-18

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 3

    • Relics of the Dead

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 3
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    On hearing of this momentous discovery, King Henry II demands evidence that the legendary Arthur is dead. So he calls upon his Mistress of the Art of Death, anatomist Adelia Aguilar, to examine the bones. But someone doesn’t want the skeletons identified – and is prepared to kill in order to prevent it…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding series

    • By Sophie C Butcher on 16-12-14

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 4

    • The Assassin's Prayer

    • Mistress Of The Art Of Death 4
    • By: Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Adelia Aguilar is to accompany 10-year-old Princess Joanna on her thousand-mile journey to marry the King of Sicily. They must take with them the legendary sword Excalibur. And so Adelia sets sail with the golden princess and her lavish procession of nobles, musicians, servants, laundresses, grooms, luggage and treasure. But when members of the procession begin to die and it looks as though Adelia is to blame, there are dangerous accusations of witchcraft.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling historical novel

    • By Glenda on 06-03-14

    Regular price: £22.09