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

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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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Overview

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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399156281
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Mistress of the Art of Death Series , #4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Joanna's Journey

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Yikes! A Cliffhanger??!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Will Adelia come to a resolution?

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Can't wait for the next one.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    the best in the series yet!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Amazing!

    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.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Thrilling Historical Mystery from Ariana Franklin

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Welcome Addition!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Solid 4th in the Series

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    The fourth Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery is an entertaining tale

    In 1176, King Henry II of England orders his most trusted friend and adviser, his Mistress of the Art of Death, Dr. Adelia Aguilar to escort his ten year old daughter Joanna to Sicily where she will marry her second cousin King William. Adelia knows the area quite well having studied medicine in Salerno, Italy.

    The trek proves dangerous as there are several assassins who want to strike at King Henry by killing his daughter and by one insidious killer Scarry, who wants Adelia dead. Some members of the wedding party are murdered as they journey across the continent. However though seeking the killers, Adelia never loses sight that keeping Princess Joanna safe is all that counts.

    The fourth Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery (see Grave Goods) is an entertaining tale based on the real wedding journey of Princess Joan. The deadly trek hooks the audience although the historical aspects overwhelm the whodunit. Still readers who enjoy a late twelve century tale will want to join Adelia, Joanna and their companions on they travel from England to Sicily.

    Harriet Klausner

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