Ariana FranklinThe Mistress of the Art of Death is Ariana Franklin’s remarkable medieval era series in which Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar is a short-tempered coroner who works for King Henry II in secret.
A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel Series : Titles in Order
The “richly detailed, almost indecently thrilling” (New York Times) follow up to The Serpent’s Tale
When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons.
At the same time, the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Bishop of St. Albans, father of Adelia’s daughter. Trouble is, someone at Glastonbury doesn’t want either mystery solved, and is prepared to kill to prevent it…
The national bestselling hit hailed by the New York Times as a “vibrant medieval mystery…[it] outdoes the competition.”
In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia’s investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country’s churches, the killer prepares to strike again.