Mistress of the Art of Death

1st in the series

by Ariana Franklin

G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007

Adult Historical Murder Mystery

8 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Children are being brutally murdered and the Jews in England are being accused. King Henry II wants the truth so he summons two doctors from Salerno to find out the truth.

Likes: Henry II is a charismatic character. He plays an interesting role in the end too; especially in the discussions of what justice is and then how it is executed. I like that solving the crime is important and so is the aftermath. I also love Adelia, Simon (right away), and Rowley (I had to warm up to him though).

Dislikes: I predicted the murderer fairly quickly. (But it still pulled me along because I wanted to know how they were going to catch them and what would happen after also there were elements I didn’t predict.)

Overall I am debating about continuing the series this year. It took me a while to finish this one (it was worth it though) because I didn’t finish it when I was in the mood for it and then had to wait until I was. But overall I thought it was good and would like to read the next books eventually. It reminded me of my experience with The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Both provide immersive historical settings plus a murder mystery.

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