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The Serpent's Tale

by Ariana Franklin

The Serpent's Tale
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2008, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2009, 416 pages

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Kathy Pierson

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Combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of historical fiction in the enthralling second novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series

The Serpent's Tale takes readers to the upper Thames Valley, near Wallingford, in 12th century England. In a novel filled with unexpected twists, one ongoing surprise is the medieval protagonist herself -- a skilled and secretly practicing forensic pathologist! Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar was educated not in England, then shackled by religious and superstitious restrictions against women, but at the "forward-thinking, internationally admired School of Medicine in Salerno*, which defied the Church by enrolling women into its studies."

The fictional Adelia is probably the only anatomist in England at this time – male or female – and the King uses her unique abilities to solve a string of criminal and medical mysteries. Any book containing autopsies and gruesome deaths is not for the squeamish, but Adelia's blunt personality and investigative ...

About the Author
Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman, a former journalist, who has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels under her own name and as Ariana Franklin. She is married to well known British film critic, Barry Norman (more).


Publishing in March 2009
Grave Goods, which opens with Adelia traveling to the holy town of Glastonbury to inspect bones rumored to belong to Arthur and Guinevere.

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