The Serpent's Tale
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,... show more
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.
Publish date: February 3rd 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 406
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Murder Mystery
Series: Mistress of the Art of Death (#2)
I dithered about the rating of this one. In some ways I did enjoy this even more than the first book in the series, Mistress of the Art of Death. I loved the portraits of Henry II of England, his queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and his mistress the "Fair" Rosamund. In all those cases they are takes unlik...
not as good as the first one, but a gripping read. That Henry II, what a guy!
I think I made a mistake thinking I could read this without reading the first book. No can do. It was interesting, but I didn't connect and I'm confused.Gonna try it again later...maybe? Idk when I'll have time to read the first book, or if I'll even remember. Shelving this as DNF.
I wish that Henry and Adelia had more interaction in this book. Franklin makes a good attempt at a mother's love vs. a professional and personal obsession in a murder investigation, though I wasn't particularly moved by it.Using the foreshadowing in the prologue made it fairly simple to figure out w...
I am really liking this series. I enjoy the cranky, smart, intrepid Adelia and her rag-tag motley crew of companions. I am overlooking what I feel are sensibilities that feel a tad too modern just because the plotting and pacing is brisk and entertaining.I am also really digging the way the author ...