Tess Garritsen calls this one "my favorite book of the year!"
In 1176, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the king of Sicily. Henry chooses Adelia Aguilar to travel with the princess and safeguard her health. But when people in the wedding procession are murdered, Adelia and Rowley must discover the killer's identity, and whether he is stalking the princess or Adelia herself.
In Franklin's well-paced fourth Mistress of the Art of Death novel (after Grave Goods), Henry II of England assigns his trusted doctor friend, Adelia Aguilar, who studied at the School of Medicine in Salerno, Italy, to accompany his 10-year-old daughter, Joanna, on Joanna's wedding procession to Sicily, where the girl is to marry Henry's cousin, William II. Along the way, the clever and brave Adelia has to not only contend with the dangers facing the princess but thwart a diabolical and conniving assassin named Scarry, who bears Adelia a murderous grudge. The suspense rises as members of the royal party start to die unnatural deaths as they journey across Europe. At times, Franklin, who's obviously done a lot of research into the period, in particular into the House of Plantagenet, overexplains or lapses into pedantic description. Still, both fans of historical fiction and mystery readers will be rewarded.
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A very good read
I really enjoy Ariana Franklin's historical novels with her heroine, Adelia. From the very start, the series has given us a look into the world and mindset of England during the reign of King Henry II. This story, the fourth in the series, continues the saga of Adelia and her odd band of friends as they encounter murderers and other dangers. The reason I give this online version three stars, and not four, is because this version looks like it has been edited by an illiterate five year old. I had to reread certain parts because a period was missing and I kept getting confused when the story setting changed abruptly (a paragraph break was missing). Can someone please do their damn job re-edit this book?