Adelia is back in this thrilling fourth installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series.
In 1176, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the King of Sicily. Henry chooses Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, 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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"At times, Franklin, who's obviously done a lot of research into the period, in particular into the House of Plantagenet, over-explains or lapses into pedantic description. Still, both fans of historical fiction and mystery readers will be rewarded." - Publishers Weekly
"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." - Library Journal
"... this book isnt the best place to start for readers new to the series, but it will be enjoyed by series fans." - Booklist
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Ariana Franklin, author of City of Shadows, is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A former journalist, Norman wrote several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels.
After working on local newspapers in Devon and the East End of London, Diana Norman became, at twenty years of age, the youngest reporter on what used to be Fleet Street. She married the film critic Barry Norman, and they settled in Hertfordshire with their two daughters. Her first book of fiction, Fitzempress's Law, was chosen by Frank Delaney of BBC Radio 4's Bookshelf as the best example of a historical novel of its year.
She died on 27 January 2011.
As Ariana Franklin she wrote:
City of Shadows (2006)
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