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The serpent's tale, Ariana Franklin

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The serpent's tale
Title
The serpent's tale
Statement of responsibility
Ariana Franklin
Title variation
serpents tale
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Language
eng
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Review
  • Set in 12th-century England, Franklin’s mesmerizing second historical delivers on the promise of her first, Mistress of the Art of Death (2007). When Rosamund Clifford, Henry II’s mistress, is poisoned, Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar must draw on her formidable forensic skills to try to uncover the killer. The prime suspect is Henry’s estranged wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who once plotted to overthrow the king. Adelia reunites with Rowley Picot, now a bishop as well as the father of Adelia’s child, and the two set out on a dangerous journey, during which they brave a blizzard and Eleanor’s band of ruthless mercenaries. Franklin, the pen name of Diana Norman, brings medieval England to life, from the maze surrounding Rosamund’s tower to the royal court’s Christmas celebration, with ice skating on the frozen Thames. A colorful cast of characters, both good and evil, enhance a tale that will keep readers on edge until the final page. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 12, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 45, p37)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2007)
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207347
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DLC
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Franklin, Ariana
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6064.O73
LC item number
S47 2008
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Adelia Aguilar series
Series volume
0002
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  • Henry
  • Women forensic pathologists
Label
The serpent's tale, Ariana Franklin
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 p.
Isbn
9780399154645
Lccn
2007038585
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o166360009
  • (OCoLC)166360009
Label
The serpent's tale, Ariana Franklin
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 p.
Isbn
9780399154645
Lccn
2007038585
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o166360009
  • (OCoLC)166360009

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