Mistress of the Art of Death

Mistress of the Art of Death

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2007
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In medieval Cambridge four children are murdered. The Catholics blame the Jews so they are placed under the protection of the King Henry II. The king sends for someone to do a scientific investigation into the deaths. The person sent is an Italian woman doctor, but in medieval Cambridge she must conceal her true identity to keep herself safe.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Audio, p2007.
ISBN: 9780143143437
0143143433
9780143141884
0143141880
Branch Call Number: CD FIC/FRANKLIN
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn

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bibliophage91
Jan 14, 2012

I was excited to encounter a used copy of Mistress of the Art of Death in the fabulous Bay Books, while I was on vacation. It had been on my TBR pile for about six months.

The premise is quite interesting- a female forensic scientist back when the science was almost non-existant, and women didn’t enter professions whatsoever. The historical detail is engrossing – the best part of the book, I think.

About a month has elapsed between reading the book and writing this review, and I am having some trouble coming up with specific comments. This is a symptom that it did not make a lasting impact on my memory.

The romantic tension and the actual mechanics of murder mystery were the weak points.

That’s all I can scrape up. I know I wanted to look for the sequel, so that means it is three and a half stars.

More about this on my blog... http://bibliophage91.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/mistress-of-the-art-of-death-ariana-franklin/

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