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Ariana Franklin was the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A former journalist, Norman had written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels. She lived in Hertfordshire, England, with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman. Note:The Death Maze (UK) is published as The Serpent's Tale in the US. Relics of the Dead (UK) is published as Grave Goods in the US.The Assassin's Prayer (UK) is published as A Murderous Procession in the US.
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Experience a thrilling combination of modern forensic investigation and medieval fiction in this latest addition to the Mistress of the Art of Death series. Follow Adelia Aguilar, a Mistress of the Art of Death, as she uncovers the truth about the mysterious skeletons found in the aftermath of a fire at Glastonbury Abbey. With King Henry II's call for her expertise, Adelia sets out to discover if the bones are that of King Arthur and Guinevere in hopes of quelling a rebellion in Wales. But with rumors of witchcraft following her, Adelia's journey is anything but easy.
In this historical fiction novel, King Henry II sends his daughter to Sicily to marry his cousin. He chooses Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to travel with the princess and keep her safe. But when murders occur during the wedding procession, Adelia and Rowley must find the killer's identity and determine if the princess or Adelia is the target. A thrilling tale of mystery and suspense.
Step into the dark and cultured world of 1922 Berlin, scarred by war and rocked by a nightmare political movement. Follow Esther Solomonova, a refugee working as secretary to a shady cabaret owner, as she becomes embroiled in a dangerous scheme to pass off a young asylum patient as the last surviving heir to the Russian czar. But as innocent people start to die and the supposed "princess" fears for her life, Esther realizes she's in too deep. Can justice prevail in a city of shadows?
In the second book of the Mistress of the Art of Death series, Adelia Aguilar is summoned to investigate the murder of King Henry II's mistress. Eleanor of Aquitaine is the prime suspect and if guilty, civil war could ensue. Adelia and her team must unravel the truth behind the murder while being held captive by Eleanor's mercenaries in a nunnery during a harsh winter. The investigation is complicated by the discovery of more dead bodies, and Adelia must solve the puzzle before England descends into chaos. Ariana Franklin seamlessly blends forensic science with medieval history in this enthralling mystery.
Travel back to twelfth century England during the devastating civil war between King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda. The Siege Winter is a historical novel filled with mystery and murder, adventure and intrigue, and a battle for a crown. Join two young women, Emma and Maud, who become intertwined in this dangerous world. When Emma is kidnapped and left for dead by a depraved monk, an archer named Gwyl finds her and takes her under his wing, teaching her to use a bow. Together, they make their way to Kenilworth where they meet Maud, who is facing her own battles with Stephen's murderous wrath. As a siege ensues, a host of visitors to Kenilworth, including a sinister monk, will bring unexpected twists and turns to this thrilling story.
This historical fiction novel follows a young Italian doctor, Adelia, who is sent to medieval Cambridge, England to investigate a string of murders. The town blames the Jewish community for the crimes, and tensions rise as Adelia works to unravel the mystery and catch the killer before they strike again. With a blend of modern forensic thriller elements and historical detail, this chilling novel will keep you mesmerized until the very end.
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This historical mystery novel is set in Norman England in 1191, and focuses on Adelia Aguilar, England's vaunted Mistress of the Art of Death. After the death of her friend and patron, King Henry II, Adelia is training her daughter, Allie, to carry on her craft of catching murderers through practical knowledge of anatomy, forensics, and sleuthing. Allie is sent to Ely, where she suspects that a monstrous predator is on the loose, responsible for the disappearance of several village girls. Will her training and stubborn pursuit of the truth help her find the killer, or make her the next victim? Death and the Maiden is a richly detailed, twisty thriller and the superb final episode in a much-loved, much-acclaimed series.