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The Serpent's Tale Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of historical fiction in the enthralling second novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series featuring medieval heroine Adelia Aguilar Rosamund Clifford the mistress of King Henry II has died an agonizing death by poison and the king's estranged ueen Eleanor of Auitaine is the prime suspect Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is probably the first move in Eleanor's long simmering plot to overthrow him If Eleanor is guilty the result could be civil war The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar mistress of the art of death to uncover the truth Adelia is not happy to be called out of retirement She has been living contentedly in the countryside caring for her infant daughter Allie But Henry's summons cannot be ignored and Adelia must again join forces with the king's trusted fixer Rowley Picot the Bishop of St Albans who is also her baby's father Adelia and Rowley travel to the murdered courtesan's home in a tower within a walled labyrinth a strange and sinister place from the outside but far so on the inside where a bizarre and gruesome discovery awaits them But Adelia's investigation is cut short by the appearance of Rosamund's rival ueen Eleanor Adelia Rowley and the other members of her small party are taken captive by Eleanor's henchmen and held in the nunnery of Godstow where Eleanor is holed up for the winter with her band of mercenaries awaiting the right moment to launch their rebellion Isolated and trapped inside the nunnery by the snow and cold Adelia and Rowley watch as dead bodies begin piling up Adelia knows that there may be than one killer at work and she must unveil their true identities before England is once again plunged into civil war


About the Author: Ariana Franklin

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 NoteThe 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 USThe Assassin's Prayer UK is published as A Murderous Procession in the US



10 thoughts on “The Serpent's Tale

  1. says:

    Really good reading this historical series You smell and you feel the old ages through the pagesthe dirt the snow the food the fear 45 stars for me I need to read the seuel soon Highly recommended for those who like strong historical fiction Sorry to read on Goodreads that Ariana Franklin is no longer among usShe was a great writer Set in the dark 12th century England it's


  2. says:

    This is an okay historial murder myster whodunit The main problem is with the main character; I never liked her She also has problems with what she believes; in one instant she's giving a poor girl a cross necklace and in the other she's saying things like she doesn't want anything to do with a God who allows insert whatever it is she's railing against at the moment but then late


  3. says:

    Nearly five stars I know it's not literature but these stars are for how much I personally enjoyed this book Again I've left this day and age and spent some time in the 12th century as a safe spectator to the adventures of Adelia Some remarks of the bishop made me laugh Nice tongue in cheek humor


  4. says:

    More than just a good read This series about a 12th century mistress of death solving murdermysteries is ver addictive I know very little about this period and enjoy learning about 12th century England and Henry II I love the main character Adelia Aguilar She struggles being a doctor and a woman which is a contradictory in England in that time She also struggles with her beliefs sometimes an


  5. says:

    Rating 35 of fiveThis mystery novel is the second outing for Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar Mistress of the Art of Death in reluctant service to His Majesty Henry II Plantagenet and based in and around OxfordIt's a fun book to read and Adelia is fun to spend time with She's a character with a complete lack of history as she's a foundling and she's invented herself as a fish out of water as a


  6. says:

    Who knew one could find murder mysteries placed in twelfth century England? A very palatable way to learn history


  7. says:

    THE DEATH MAZE aka The Serpent’s Tale Hist Mys Adelia Aguilar England 1172 – VGFranklin Ariana – 2nd in seriesBantam Press 2008 UK Hardcover – ISBN 9780593056509First Sentence The two men’s voices carried down the tunnels with a reverberation that made them indistinguishable but even so gave the impression of a business meetingKing Henry II refused to let Adelia Aguilar return to her home at the Sch


  8. says:

    I was by the barest whisper sufficiently curious about the heroine from Mistress of the Art of Death to get a copy of this from the local library It's a fast read I churned through it in about a day but man I was disappointed by its predecessor and this one's not all that great either Franklin's writing is than a little ham fisted at times and it gets repetitive Again I wasn't too surprised when the big reveal cam


  9. says:

    Adelia Mansuer Gylthia I enjoyed reading about them again I am happy I read another book in this series Normally I am on Eleanor of Auitaine's side but I have to admit Henry II has his good side also The writing is well done the characters keep in their century and I am looking forward to reading the next book


  10. says:

    Having finished the second book in the series I can say I’m really loving this foray into a mystery set during the reign of Henry II our tour guide being Ariana Franklin The protagonist is an antisocial yet people loving agnostic foreigner who is GAHHHHH educated Sometimes I really dislike her sullenness and stubbornness but she really is uite a detective and we have multiple crimes and mysteries to unravel I love the charac


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