A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death Series #4)

A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death Series #4)

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by Ariana Franklin
     
 

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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,

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
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. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In the fourth installment of Franklin's "Mistress of the Art of Death" series (after Grave Goods), King Henry II orders Adelia Aguila to accompany his ten-year-old daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the king of Sicily. To make sure Adelia returns to England, Henry holds her daughter as a "ward." Also joining the procession are Mansur, Adelia's Arab protector, and Rowley, the Bishop of St. Albans and father of her daughter. The expedition soon starts to go badly, with deaths, delays, and illness further complicated by the reappearance of the outlaw Scarry seeking vengeance for his lover's death. VERDICT Sprinkled with fascinating historical facts about the medieval period, Franklin's plots always intrigue. For fans of Sharon Kaye Penman and medieval mysteries, this is essential reading. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 12/09.]—Susan T. Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425238868
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Mistress of the Art of Death Series, #4
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
166,604
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A bestselling author and former journalist, she lives in England with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman.

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A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
dragonsscape More than 1 year ago
A fascinating who-dunnit. Nobody writes mysteries better than the British & "Procession" is no exception. The reader is given innuendo & a few sparse clues to sort out the villain; nothing is given away until the very end of the tale. Ms Franklin's research & knowledge of the story's historical time frame is superb &, as before, she uses an actual historical event during the reign of Henry II as the framework against which the mystery is set ~~ Princess Joanna's journey (procession) to Sicily in 1176. Well written, impeccably researched & provocative, "A Muyderous Procession" is excellent.
Rues More than 1 year ago
While I just love this series, the ending reeked. Too many life or death questions left hanging makes for an unhappy reader. Okay, maybe this once I'll let it go, but only because I just HAVE to know what happens next! All the characters are still great, and I love the O'Donnell even though I felt so sad for him at the end. The intricacies of the plot kept me guessing right up until the end when Scarry was revealed. I really liked the viewpoint shifts from Adelia to Scarry; they provided glimpses into his twisted mind that gave a counterpoint to the hypocrisy of the Church. The thematic elements of blind dogma and cruel zealotry deepened the story beyond just entertainment, offering insight into many of the dark undercurrents that plague even our modern world. While the book can be read purely on a surface leve as a good mystery story, the interweaving of darker depths gives it the multi-level complexity of real literature that I find most enjoyable of all. Yeah, it's a great read!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Adelia is known as the Mistress of the Art of Death. Some call her a witch because of her healing abilities, some are aware of her talent but others would be more than terrified of this strong-willed woman. She has to perform her art craft under the guise of a translator. It's tough but Adelia makes it seem effortless. When King Henry II wants to send his daughter to marry, he chooses Adelia to make sure that his daughter arrives safely. Once they set off, people seem to be dropping dead all around them. Can Adelia figure out who is behind this before she loses her life as well? This book started out a little dry for me. When I was about halfway through it got a lot better. Overall, a decent read.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
The fourth installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series sees Adeila under the orders of Henry II accompanying Princess Joanna to her wedding in Sicily. Unknown to her and her personal entourage, Adeila is being followed by Scarry - the partner of the evil character from the previous book. He has disguised himself as part of the Princess' entourage and no one suspects except Rowley and Ulf after trouble starts to plaque the procession. The story is enthralling, keeping the reader's attention and at times, taking your breath away. I was a bit disappointed at the swiftness of the conclusion as if Ms. Franklin felt the story should end and just did it but I also wish there wasn't such a cliffhanger. I love the series and wish the books came faster, but I don't want the quality to fall. The author has passed away and I fear that Adelia's fans will never know what happens, but it is fun to speculate!
mysteryloverCW More than 1 year ago
Having been told about the series by a friend, I read Mistress of the Art of Death and was completely hooked. A Murderous Procession did not disappoint. My only concern now is the cliff hanger ending. Cannot wait for #5. Please hurry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book. I've read them all and this is easily my favorite! The plot was excellent, the humor enjoyable. This is the first in the series where I was wrong in my guess as to who the villain was! As soon as I finished it I went back to read it again. it's THAT good. Can't wait for the next one. Hope to see the O'Donnell again.
lazydayzmom More than 1 year ago
The entire series is captivating and the leading character becomes someone I cant wait to hear from! I have a new found appreciation for historical fiction.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
The engaging character, Adelia Aguilar, is back in this fourth book of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death series. Adelia is surprised to find herself commanded to accompany Henry II's daughter Joanna, to Sicily for an arranged marriage to William II of that country. Adelia is dismayed to find that she must leave her daughter behind ( Henry's way of making sure that Adelia returns to England ). Adelia also does not know that she has been stalked by an assassin, and that it is due to the influence of Rowley, Bishop of Saint Albans, that Adelia accompany the procession. Rowley's hope that by doing so he is taking Adelia out of harm's way is short-lived, and it is clear that the enemy has joined the group as well. Rowley only knows the criminal by his bandit name of Scarry, and must match the person to a gentrified name before it is too late. Franklin's deft writing once again creates a book that is enjoyable to read, and her memorable characters and thrilling plot line make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and mysteries alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 4th in the Adelia Aguilar Mistress of the Art of Death series is a welcome addition for mystery and history fans. Ms. Franklin seamlessly and realistically blends her fictional characters with true life figures and events in 12th century England and Europe. Readers of Adelia's previous mysteries will recognize many characters, real and fictional, and the renewal of previous relationships and plots---both romantic and dangerous. In this latest adventure Adelia, a physician, is ordered by the King of England to accompany his daughter as she travels across Europe to her royal wedding. Along the way Adelia faces physical hardships, warfare, religious persecution, jealousy, superstition, royal politics, challenges to her ability as a healer, and of course, murder. Unlike previous Adelia Aguilar mysteries, this one ends with a cliffhanger! --Eek! ---What a surprise. I'm hoping that the next in the series will be along soon. Readers can enjoy this novel without reading the previous books in the series, but I would recommend reading the others too as I think it is an enjoyable and well-written mystery series.
TWTaz More than 1 year ago
While the first book is still my favorite, this was a decent fourth installment in the series. Still love the character of Adelia and all of her cohorts, including a couple of new ones introduced in this book. In this installment King Henry "persuades" Adelia to accompany his daughter to Palermo for her marriage to William. Along the way they encounter many the misadventure, all the while being stalked by an old enemy out for revenge. While this book started a little slow for me, it did pick up the pace about half way through and was a satisfying entry in Adelia's continuing story. I can't wait for the next book -- and there had better be a next one, as I was a little unhappy with the ending of this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of historical then you will love this book (series). The only drawback is that the author died and left a big cliffhanger. Other than that, great novel. Wish there were more.
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