The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
(Mistress of the Art of Death)

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The follow-up to Mistress of the Art of Death- in the national bestselling series hailed as "the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives."

When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking- and omens of greater danger to come.

About Ariana Franklin

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Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A bestselling author and former journalist, she lives in England with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman.
Published January 31, 2008 by Berkley. 396 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Medieval forensic specialist Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar returns to action in the second installment in Franklin's historical series (Mistress of the Art of Death, 2007).

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In Ariana Franklin’s mystery, the queen is suspected of murdering Henry II’s mistress. Also reviewed: novels by Jim Kelly, Leighton Gage and Adrian Hyland.

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Novels set during what we have recently learned to call "snow events" have a particular charm, and The Death Maze is a wonderful addition to this chilly genre, confirming Franklin as one of the very best creators of medieval whodunits writing today.

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Before Adelia can do much investigation, the queen arrives, and Adelia and the others --- including the bishop's men --- are taken prisoner.

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Adelia knows that there may be more than one killer at .

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