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Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death | Ariana Franklin
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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.
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ShariEstaLeando
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I am saddened to have discovered this author post mortem, but I did get to enjoy the whole series in one shot. Sad to be left hanging. Sad that there will be no more of this superb historical research and novelization. 😭I really enjoyed this series, which I happened upon in a used book store! The triumphs and the woes of a bibliophile! 📚📚📚

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thegreentealibrarian
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October 1st!
I wanted to read this one last year and didn't get to it. I'd like to start it today. 🕸

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Reading_in_the_meadow
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Pickpick

Love. Love. Love this book! It's a historical fiction murder mystery with a female forensic detective!! It checks all my boxes. Fighting against the patriarchy, Adelia is racing to solve the murders of the town's children. To see my full review go to https://www.goodreads.com/reading_in_the_meadow

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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I promised myself that any souvenirs I bought would be both something I find to be beautiful and something I will consistently use. New bookmarks fill both categories quite nicely.

And a little notebook to keep specifically recommendations for my book clubs in. So now I will have six TBR lists to keep track of!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I bought a lot of tote bags on my last trip with that logic ☺️ but since supermarket plastic bags have been outlawed (in all parts of Australia) I‘m getting good use out of this them - and a little happy feeling when I remember where I was when I bought them 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Reusable tote bags are an excellent investment! 👍🏻 And they make you happy so double win! (edited) 4mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Bleh. I knew Vegas was going to be hot, but bleh.

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EmilieGR
Panpan

I wanted so badly to like this book...

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EmilieGR
Panpan

Boring and derivative

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Enjoyed enough to give the second book a try.

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Shemac77
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My seester distracting me from reading with wine

Cathythoughts Beautiful girls 👍🏻♥️ 9mo
Shemac77 Thank you my lovely!! @Cathythoughts 9mo
SamanthaMarie Aww so fun!! A very reasonable distraction :) 9mo
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Buechersuechtling Lovely picture. 😄 Hope, you enjoyed togetherness as much as the picture suggests you did. 9mo
Blaire Beautiful picture! You both look so happy in it! 9mo
Trashcanman Lovely photo, which one are you? 8mo
Shemac77 Thanks! I‘m on the left. My lovely sister is on the right. @Trashcanman 8mo
Trashcanman Kind eyes, you both have them. 😊 8mo
Shemac77 Thank you! We‘re both in healthcare: I‘m a paramedic and she‘s a nurse. @Trashcanman 8mo
Trashcanman @Shemac77 Angel's on this earth. Thank you both for making this world kinder. 8mo
kspenmoll Lovely photo! Sisters are the best. 💕💕 8mo
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Shemac77
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House/dog sitting. Not technically allowed on the furniture......

GypsyKat I never understand people who have pets and don‘t allow them on the furniture. They live there too. 🤷🏻‍♀️❤️ 9mo
NatalieR I encourage you to continue to be a rebel! Allow the dog on all of the furniture!! 😈🐾💜 9mo
Shemac77 Agreed! To be fair, I told my friend that she‘d be up on the couch with me snuggling and she was fine with it. Kinda....doesn‘t matter! Because she‘s the perfect reading buddy. @GypsyKat @NatalieR 9mo
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AlaMich She looks pretty happy right there! 🐶❤️ 9mo
Hooked_on_books How could someone not allow that sweet face on the furniture! What a cutie. 9mo
Cathythoughts Looks very cosy ... our best reading companions ♥️ 9mo
Joy4Lit 😆😍 9mo
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Shemac77
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Evening reading.....with wine.

Cathythoughts Sounds perfect ✨✨✨ 9mo
SamHeartCoffee I *love* the octopus print! @Avanders 9mo
Avanders @SamHeartCoffee oooooh so cool!! 🐙 9mo
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Shemac77 I think I bought it at urban outfitters. @SamHeartCoffee @Avanders 9mo
LeahBergen This was a fun read. 👍🏻 9mo
Shemac77 Good! I‘m enjoying it so far. @LeahBergen 9mo
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Johanna414
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Apparently Lane got jealous while Daddy was trying to read his book today... “Daddy, want to read Mommy‘s spooky book with me? Once upon a time there was a spooky ghost and lots of monsters...”

#raisingreaders

Suet624 💕💕💕 9mo
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PathfinderNicole
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My stack of #redreads for #literaryloves ended up being mostly books from The Witcher series!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Shazzer
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Set in medieval times in Cambridge england. Children are being murdered and the Jewish community are being blamed. The King Henry the 2nd calls in an expert. As a woman she would be burned as a witch. Her and her companions have to solve the mystery before more children die but keep their identity a secret

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brittanythebookdragon
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I really loved this change of pace in a Murder mystery. It takes place in medieval times and I really enjoyed that it wasn‘t focused so much on the killer‘s motivations but rather Adelia, the medical examiner, and the hunt for the killer. I also enjoyed that everyone was a suspect and I couldn‘t figure out exactly who it was until the end. I look forward to finding and reading the next 3 in this series.

Liatrek I accidentally bought the second book first but finally found the first book. I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 13mo
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JacintaMCarter
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Pickpick

#2018Book47
This novel is a little slow at the beginning, as sometimes happens with historical fiction. But once the main character (A female doctor during the time of Henry II? Shocking!) begins to investigate the horrific deaths of several young children, the pace really picks up. Though this is historical fiction, it reads more like a modern-day thriller, so if you enjoy just one of those genres, you'll probably like this book.

vivastory I finished this book today. I really liked it! 2y
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vivastory
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Of all of the genres I enjoy, historical mysteries are one of my least read. Yet, when I do read one, I find them thrilling & satisfying. Franklin's book is no exception. If you like strong, diverse characters, I highly recommend it.

LeahBergen I‘m much the same. I can‘t say I‘m a very big fan of historical mysteries but I liked this series. 👍🏻 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I will definitely be reading the others. I was thrilled when you mentioned it's a series! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Have this in my TBR! Looking forward to it! (I bought it for the title alone) 2y
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vivastory
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"She spoke of diseased donkeys & his unnatural preference for them..." Burn!

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vivastory
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Two things:
-Adelia occasionally uses, "God's rib" as a curse & it's fantastic.
-I love the dynamic between Adelia, Simon & Mansur. Especially the banter between Adelia & Simon.

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JacintaMCarter
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If there was ever an argument for why you should learn a foreign language, being able to cuss out someone who pisses you off is good enough for me.

Itchyfeetreader I love these books 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice. 2y
charl08 The title is genius. 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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I hate when stores put stickers on the book's cover and then they leave residue behind when you take them off!

Crystalblu The worst! 2y
GypsyKat Ugh! I hate that too! 2y
MyBookLife I never understood WHY they do that???? 😡 2y
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DivaDiane Use rubbing alcohol to get it off. I hate it too!!! 2y
Lizpixie Eucalyptus oil works great too. Plus it leaves your book smelling lovely👍 2y
MsLeah8417 The sticky residue is easily removed. I hate it more when the sticker is removed and the residue is not and then gross things stick to the residue. 😳📚 2y
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amb
Pickpick

How did I love this let me count the ways:
1. Engaging heroine doctoring in a time when women could not be doctors by edict of the church.
2. Mystery with many facets and red herrings.
3. Time period which I would not typically choose to read about but felt like a character of it's own.
4. Supporting cast that brought all things, intrigue, humor, romance ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Bookzombie I loved this one too! 2y
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Grrlbrarian
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Last Saturday: piping all day in sleet & rain. Today: snowed in, sick, & miserable. Sore throat remedies, anyone? Main character Adelia would know what to prescribe, but she has weightier matters to resolve 😣

Louise Honey and lemon in hot water as a tea will help. Also for sore throat: gargling with salt water or with sage tea. I hope you feel better soon! 2y
Grrlbrarian Thanks, @Louise! I shall try both - and appreciate the well wishes 👍 2y
Suetara Oh, that‘s a great series! Hope you are on the mend soon. 2y
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tessavi
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Help me find a new home for these books! I will ship internationally.
http://bookmooch.com/m/inventory/tessavi1
#bookmooch

biblio_ginger I haven't tried bookmooch, but I use Paperbackswap.com and am pretty happy with it. 😊 2y
tessavi @biblio_ginger is paperbackswap international? I'm located in Tokyo and though shipping books from Japan is cheap, shipping to Japan can get pricey. Anyways, if you're interested in any of my books I'd be happy to send it! I need to make space 😉 2y
biblio_ginger @tessavi sorry I thought they were international but I was wrong 😔 I'd love to have your Clive Barker though! 😊 2y
tessavi @biblio_ginger Sure! Could you mail your address to : tessavi1 at gmail? 2y
biblio_ginger @tessavi Yes! Thank you! 😁 2y
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Liatrek
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#riotgrams This is the only book I have with a skull 😊

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Librarybelle
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This came across my desk at work - I completely forgot how much I loved this book! It's Medieval England, and the King receives the assistance of a young woman recently trained in the medical field. She has to be #brave to put up with the innuendos and the exclamations of incredulity thrown at her. Yet, she solves the mystery. There are 4 books to the series; sadly, the author passed away before the series could be completed. #augustgrrrl

Cinfhen Aww, that's a shame. #unfinishedbusiness 2y
Librarybelle My thoughts too, @Cinfhen 2y
Bookzombie I love this series and just have the last one to read. I think I saw that her daughter might continue but I don't know. I know she completed a stand alone after her mom passed. 2y
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Librarybelle @Bookzombie I heard that as well, when she had passed away in 2011, but had not heard anything since. 2y
amb I'm just seeing this now as I'm reading and enjoying it. Now I'm disappointed. 2y
Librarybelle @amb It was very disappointing - I completely agree! 2y
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emily_m_tubb
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Taking a break from fantasy for this historical fiction. Can't wait to get stuck in! 🤓 #NowReading

Laura317 Ooooh! That sounds good. 2y
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Liatrek
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My first order from Thriftbooks.com came in today 😊 Overall pretty satisfied with the conditions. There a few paper backs that I probably wouldn't have picked if I was buying in a used store but now I understand the acceptable vs. good ratings. Six books for less than 20 with free shipping not too bad. Has anyone else used the site?

wonga i've always been happy with what i've ordered from them (though some stickers come off easier than others)! 3y
Rachel.Rencher I loooove Thrift Books! 3y
jfalkens I love Thriftbooks! I just got my packages from Thriftbooks yesterday. 3y
Liatrek @jfalkens @wonga @Rachel.Rencher This site will now be in my book buying location rotation 😊 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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I absolutely #DontRememberBuyingThis, but I own a lot of books, so that's not really a surprise. Also, it appears as though I was unsuccessful in my attempts to fully remove the price sticker from its poor placement on the cover. #AprilBookShowers

Bookzombie I had this one on my shelf for years. I loved it when I finally read it. I have one more in the series and I keep putting it off. I guess I don't want it to end. 🙂 3y
Itchyfeetreader Love this series !! 3y
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tracyrowanreads
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Finally able to get back to this Xmas gift, and it's wonderful.

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Sheenah684
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Trying to finagle a way to read despite having a working lunch scheduled today.

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sherryvdh
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I didn't end up posting for #ReadJanuary yesterday, so today is going to be #2for1. My weaknesses for fantasy and historical fiction mean I found lots of great fonts on my shelves, and these are all #publishedinthe2000s. The Kim Harrison is too well loved to show off the spine. 😄 #fortheloveoffonts

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Shaunesay
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on the crusades.

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Shaunesay
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Adelia is investigating a horrific crime, I was not expecting the humor included through how she interacts with others. I am enjoying her as a character! I can just imagine them loudly proclaiming how tasty everything is so she can't talk about the case! lol!

JulieAnn This is one of my all time favorite series. I was devastated when the author died. 3y
Shaunesay Oh no! I hadn't heard that! 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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#booktober #bestsidekick. A bit unorthodox, but I loved Mansur as Adelia's sidekick in this series. Loved these books, and when the author died, she left an incredible cliffhanger.

ZoeyPeacock I loved these books! 3y
Bookzombie I love these books. I still have the last one to read. I'm sad she isn't around to write more. 3y
Lynnsoprano @Bookzombie I know! I was crushed when I found out she died. Her daughter finished her last manuscript, but it was a stand alone. 3y
Bookzombie @Lynnsoprano I didn't know that. I will have to look for it when I finish the series. 3y
Lynnsoprano @Bookzombie It's titled The Siege Winter, and I enjoyed it. 3y
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arienettexo
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there were bits and pieces that were good, but overall I was bored and couldn't understand what was actually going on. I'm sure this is a wonderful read for some people out there, but not for me.

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arienettexo
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so far I have a love hate relationship with this book. it has its moments of genius and then moments where I would rather do anything but read it.

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Shaunesay
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This was picked by a vote to be my TBR List book for October, included for its Gothic cover and title, suitably dark and Halloween-ish. I'm only through the first chapter so far, but enjoying it.

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Book_Gnome
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Opening line:
"Here they come." #bookgnome #arianafranklin #mistressoftheartofdeath

Texreader Oh cool! A new one to me! 3y
ZoeyPeacock This is a great book 3y
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Nebklvr

"Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit. Sometimes rising to one, sometimes swooping to the other. To ignore his capacity for evil is as obtuse as blinding oneself to the heights to which he can soar."

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Nebklvr
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Henry II has sent to Salerno for an investigator and a Mistress of death to look into the murders of four children. However, the evil is far reaching and cunning and may lay claim to these foreigners before the end. Not a lighthearted read, but good.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Read this years ago and it is good. Different but very interesting. 3y
Nebklvr Have you read Anna Lee Huber series? Very good. 3y
Bookzombie I have read all but the last in this series. I love the characters and setting. Sad there are only 4 total. 3y
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Bookzombie @Nebklvr I have read several in Anna Lee Huber's series. I like to listen to them actually. 3y
Nebklvr @Bookzombie I have heard there is another coming out soon or just out--check It out! I haven't gotten to read nmb 4 yet. 😭 3y
Bookzombie @Nebklvr another in the Mistress of the Art of Death series? Ariana Franklin, real name Diana Norman, died in 2011. Of course, that doesn't mean there could never be another really. 3y
Nebklvr @Bookzombie Think there was at least one more 3y
Nebklvr @Bookzombie My library has two more 3y
Bookzombie @Nebklvr I just realized you are talking about Ann Lee Huber's series, I think? :) 3y
Nebklvr @Bookzombie No. Franklin. Anna Lee Huber has five out now, I think 3y
Bookzombie Oh, okay. Goodreads only has four for the Mistress in the Art of Death series, but maybe they are wrong. I know she wrote a couple others as Franklin. 🙂 I think you are right about Huber. 3y
Nebklvr @Bookzombie I am enjoying both authors immensely 3y
Bookzombie @Nebklvr Me too! 3y
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Alisnazzy
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A wonderfully written mystery with a strong female protagonist, this is an engaging story that blends science, suspense, feminism, and history into one hell of a ride.

MrBook Love the pic! Great review! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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We've got a pre-book map, folks!

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