The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death Series #2)

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When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. ...

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Overview

The follow-up to Mistress of the Art of Death- in the national bestselling series hailed as "the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives."

When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking- and omens of greater danger to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
This excellent adventure delivers high drama and lively scholarship from its heroine's feminist perspective.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Franklin reintroduces the second coming of Adelia Aguilar, a character who first appeared in Mistress of the Art of Death. Kate Reading captures her brilliantly through a wonderful and eerie reading. She has a voice made for narration; steady and firm in her pitch-perfect delivery, she draws upon the foggy atmosphere created by Franklin and sets the tone vividly with her classical British accent. Reading has such a firm understanding of the story that each word becomes as crucial as the last, creating a dramatic entertainment for the listener. Her characters, including the evil Queen Eleanor, a distressed King Henry II and of course Aguilar herself, are all well-rounded, with Reading perfecting a variety of gritty dialects to fit accordingly. Reading has a knack for this genre of story; with an inherent ability to captivate her audience from start to finish. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12). (Feb.)

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Medieval forensic specialist Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar returns to action in the second installment in Franklin's historical series (Mistress of the Art of Death, 2007). The proto-feminist "doctor of death" has come a long way. As this enjoyable romp opens, Adelia has settled into life in the fens of East Anglia, practicing medicine and trying to raise her daughter. Her peace is disrupted by the arrival of a messenger with a royal mandate. King Henry II's favorite mistress, Rosamund, has been murdered, presumably with poisonous mushrooms, and his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the chief suspect-Eleanor recently escaped from Henry's clutches and is known to be both wildly jealous and also brewing rebellion. Before civil war can once again tear the country apart, Henry needs Adelia to uncover the truth about Rosamund's death. At first unwilling, but keen on avoiding war, she takes on the challenge and in the process uncovers yet another murder and numerous other foul acts, as well as some unexpected information about decaying human flesh. The careful clinician of the first book has become a passionate woman and worried mother, exoticism and novelty traded for a greater range of emotion. A warm, promising continuation of the series. Agent: Helen Heller/Helen Heller Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399154645
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Series: Mistress of the Art of Death Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (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 26, 2011

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    Hooked!

    Quirky, absorbing, awesome fun! Armeldia is a modern woman stuck in the dark ages of science and religious horror. Her voice is unique and beautiful as she combats superstition and hatred to practice the calling she loves. She is extremely intelligent and resourceful. Forced by King Henry to solve murders, she risks her life time and again, unable to ignore the voices of the dead.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Murder in Oxfordshire

    I just began this lively little historical mystery & although mysteries are not my long suit in reading material, it is a first~rate novel. It is 2d in a series of mystery novels set in Medieveal England featuring a wonderful cast of characters. I think this will prove as pleasant a read as any Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot novel with the added twist of time period and historical background. On that score, Ms Franklin obviously has done significant research into the era and has managed to create a world that is historically accurate even though it is based on a "what if". Once I finish this installment I think I'll want to read another. And, remember, nobody does murder like the English!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Better Than the First One

    I really enjoyed Mistress of the Art of Death, but I actually liked The Serpent's Tale even more. I think I preferred the mystery involved in this book more so than the first book featuring Adelia. It was nice to return to the characters I got to know in MOTAOD and see what had happened to them since the last time, as well as being introduced to some new ones (some quite nasty ones at that). I love what a strong character Adelia is and I feel her frustration as she deals with having to hide her knowledge and bite her tongue because of a woman's "place" in her time period. I can't wait to read Grave Goods next, and I hope there are many more mysteries for Adelia and company to solve in the years to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2009

    Another great book by Ariana Franklin

    I just loved this book. She gives such personality to Henry II that I want to read more about him and his time as King of England. All the characters are wonderfully described and interesting. I ran right out and bought the 3rd book of the series and can't wait for the 4th!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Escape to life in the middle ages and appreciate how far we have come

    A great read for that rainy day. The main character is a well trained physician who can not practice her profession due to the superstitions and biases against women at that time. It helps one understand how far men would go to hold women back or perhaps they were threatened by their intelligence. I immediately ordered the sequel and prequel to continue my relationship with this wonderful lead character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Grisly murder and vivid atmosphere in medieval medical mystery

    A mysterious assassin and an agonizing poisoning kick starts Adelia's second appearance - an investigation into the death of Henry Plantagenet's (probably mythical) mistress Rosalind - now reprinted in paperback.

    Rosalind's horrible death brings Henry's Queen, the elegant, scheming and wealthy Eleanor of Aquitaine, to her hated rival's pillaged estate where Adelia saves her life and is rewarded by being attached, willy-nilly, to Eleanor's entourage.

    But a massive blizzard intervenes, postponing Eleanor's rebellion, and driving them all to take refuge in a quiet, well-run nunnery where murder runs rampant.

    Motherhood and the torturous romance with Rowley nearly derail Adelia's determination to expose a ruthless killer (or two) but she perseveres through a maze of clues and misdirection to a climax of high drama. Eleanor is not quite as sharp as Kate Hepburn's portrayal in "The Lion in Winter," but she's younger and possibly more vain.

    Deliciously ghoulish and blackly humorous, with some vividly miserable winter scenes, this is a perfect novel for a snowy evening when you can thank your lucky stars you're not stuck in a sledge on the frozen Thames or huddled on a bed of straw in a draughty barn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Absolutely Wonderful

    This should be a bestseller - the detailed research, fully developed characters, insight into the human condition and the romantic relationship between the main characters. I could not put the book down. I want to spend more time with Adelia and Rowley

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An unputdownable tale

    Henry II is King of England and is estranged from his wife queen Eleanor, who he has imprisoned for fear she and their sons will try to overthrow him. The king¿s mistress Rosamund Clifford gives him much pleasure so when she is poisoned by mushrooms, The Bishop of St. Albans Rowley Picot goes to Cambridgeshire to fetch Adelia Aguilar so that she can investigate and find out who killed her. Adelia is forced to stay in England because she is a doctor having studied at the School of Medicine at Salerno.---------- The bishop says that it is the king¿s order that she investigate the murder and find out if Eleanor, who escaped her prison, had anything to do with the murder when they arrive at Rosamund¿s home. Adelia finds evidence that someone is trying to frame Eleanor for the death of her husband¿s mistress. Adelia saves the queen¿s life when she suddenly appears but also learns that Eleanor is at the center of the plot to overthrow the king. The bishop wants Rosamund¿s murder solved and Eleanor exonerated because the country can¿t go through another civil war. The one woman who could have shed some light on the identity of the killer was murdered and her death made to look like a suicide. Trapped in the nunnery of Godstow with the queen, Adelia continues her investigation certain that at least one killer is somewhere with Eleanor and her entourage.--------------- Fans who love the historical mysteries of Sharon Kay Penman are going to thoroughly enjoy THE SERPENT¿S TALE, a strong whodunit with a deep glimpse into a bygone era. The protagonist wishes to go home where she has some rights though she is unhappy that she is not allowed to overtly practice medicine instead she and her Arab friend pretend he is the doctor and she his assistant following his instructions. She is a bright intelligent woman who uses her knowledge to conduct a thorough investigation. Ariana Franklin is a gifted storyteller who provides historical fiction mystery fans with an exciting who-done-it. This tale is also targeted for historical fiction lovers who will thoroughly enjoy this unputdownable tale.------------ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

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    Presses our chests together and smushes them hard

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    Kisses u

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Good Read!

    Great follow up to the first book. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Great book

    Loved every min of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2010

    Two of My Favorite Flavors!

    Historical Fiction and Mystery intertwined in a fascinating tale of a time long past. Adelia is a wonderful heroine. The story moves quickly and when Henry II or Eleanor of Aquitane speak in the novel, you can almost hear Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn speak.

    Have read all four in the series and hope that there are more to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    This book has a unique plot but tends to be a little long winded

    I enjoyed the unique plot and the offbeat characters in this book, however, many parts of it were long winded which kind of made it boring for me. Also, the main character solved all of the crimes without revealing, to the reader, how she solved them.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    CSI - Middle Ages.....

    Midevil fornsic science? You bet. Franklin takes you back through time with such ease, you feel as if you have been there yourself. Great characters, intriguing twists and turns. Mystery and suspense enough for anyone and a strong sense of time and place. Franklin has done her homework. Details of place, language, politics of the period are set down page after page, word upon word. This is what "historical fiction" should be. Heck, this is what all fiction should be for that matter. Story telling at it's finest. Sequels don't always live up to the original, this book definitely does. Try it, you'll like it.
    If you can, read "Mistress of the Art of Death" (the preqeul) first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Interesting plot, developed charachers, pleasurable read

    I wasn't sure whether the story line was going to hold my attention, but was pleased to be surprised and drawn into the book. The author manages to blend many complex and touchingly human characters into the story, without making any of them 'plastic-like' (i.e. one dimentional). The twists and turns in the plot keep things interesting, and the writing style is both poetic and flowing, with little hidden gems of humor that got me chuckling at 2am (yep, couldn't put it down). Recommended for when you want a good book to take you on a pleasant read-trip. I am going to look for this author's first book now, and keep tabs on her future publications. A keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2009

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    Great reading!

    Ariana Franklin brings another great adventure in The Serpent's Tale! If you enjoyed the first book, "The Mistress of the Art of Death" you will not be disappointed by this book! Highly recommend it for anyone that likes a good mystery with a twist of history.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Good reading

    I loved the book, couldn't put it down. It is fast reading and enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Great Book

    Enjoyed this book, can't wait for the next chapter!!

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Good Book!

    The first book was so great that I had to get my hands on the next book in the series!

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