The Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin Reviews
Description:ISBN 0593056493 / Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Ariana Franklin / Hardcover / 400 Pages / Book is published 2007-05-07 by Bantam Press
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Customer The Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin Reviews (3)
by - written on 15/02/14 (Somewhat useful, 13 readings)
This, I think, will be one of those books you either love or hate. It covers a historical period that I do not believe is much written about, and subjects as diverse as racism, murder and the perceiived role of women in the western world. It is only because Adela has been asked to attend by the King that she is even accepted in the country. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but be warned, if you are of a sensitive nature it does get graphic in places for all the right reasons. I could not put this book down, which says to me that it was well crafted and keeps the reader engaged. Even when it got uncomfortable I wanted to read on to find out what ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/11/10 (Very useful, 62 readings)
When a child murder takes place in twelfth century Cambridge, the finger of blame is pointed at the town's Jewish community. As tensions rise, Cambridge's Jews are forced to take refuge behind the walls of the castle but this poses a big problem for the king; with the Jews unable to work, the country is losing a lucrative income in the form of taxes. The situation calls for an expert and the king summons the services of an expert investigator, Simon of Athens. However, Simon does not arrive alone; if it wasn't odd enough to the citizens of Cambridge that he should be accompanied by an Arab eunuch, Simon is assisted by Adelia Aguilar, a female doctor, trained at the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/03/09 (Very useful, 303 readings)
At first I wasn't sure whether to pick up this book, mostly due to its clumsy title - it just seemed a bit clunky. This is in some ways how the plot works out - but it is more interesting than I originally thought it would be. The book follows the quest of Simon of Naples and his doctor companion Adelia, along with her bodyguard Mansur, as they try to clear the name of the Jews of Cambridge in a spate of child murders. They have been sent from Salerno by the King of Naples so that the Jews are not expelled from England - the Church would seize on the murders as an excuse to do this. King Henry II doesn't want this to happen as he needs the ... Read the complete review
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