Grave Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death #3)
When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons.
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What I really don't love is Rowley. In previous books, I sort of managed to put up with him - he manages to be less annoying as the plot thickens, and he generally isn't around much before then.
The reason I dislike Rowley is this: he doesn't love Adelia. Not really. He hates all the parts of her that she che ...more
King Henry II is fighting to suppress the rebellious Welsh, who ...more
The historical background is fascinating despite one or two glaring inconsistencies (that are ultimately explained in the author's note), but the investigation into the corpses believed to be those of Arthur and Guinevere is not as engrossing as in the previous books.
There are a number of mysteries interspersed throughout the book: Who are the unidentified corpses in the Glastonbury graveyard? Who set fire to the abbey? What happened to Adelia's friend Emma and her child? Eve ...more
There's lots of good in Ariana Franklin's writing. I so enjoyed "The Siege Winter" due to her vivid descriptions of medieval life, specifically of the castle siege, and the endearing cast of characters she created. That book suffered from the same faults as "Grave Goods," but I felt like I was being h ...more
The king's appearances were fun, as always, although the bit at the end where Adelia (view spoiler)[presents him with Excalibur (hide spoiler)] was a little over the top. We are already quite aware that the author thinks Henry II was a really good king. She left Eleanor alone this time, thank goodness, with only one dig about the queen's jealousy.
I like all of these characters, ...more
England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbey—one of England's holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthur's sacred Isle of Avalon—has been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletons' height and age send rumors flying- are the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere?
King Henry II hopes so. Struggling to put down a rebellion in Wales, whe ...more
This author has an amazing writing style and manages to keep this in line with previous novels without giving away too many spoilers. It has made me want to read the first two and the fourth to see how we got to this point and where they go from here. Brilli ...more
Brief synopsis: Henry II is having trouble with the Welsh and other C ...more
Why did I listen to the whole thing? Good question. As my hatred for the insipid and whiny main character grew, I almost stopped listening. But then after I while, I found I enjoyed my eye-rolls every time the character said "Oh Ally! Oh Rolly! Oh...yada yada yada!" It was cathartic for me to yell at the book on CD. Lots of f-bombs, who cares, and STFU!!!!!
The bottom line: the writing was poor, the ...more
The main character is Adelia Aguilar, a lady trained as a medical doctor in Salerno, and wandering the English countryside with a Saracen protector, who masquerades as a doctor himself so that Adelia can negotiate her way through 1176 Glastonbury.
This book had me hooked from the beginning, where a bishop and ...more
Not my favorite of the three. I guessed some major plot points early on but it was still good. I did enjoy the whole King Arthur's grave aspect as one of my favorite books from childhood was about that find (Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett). The ending sets us up for a truly threatening turn of events in the next book. Can't wait.
I read this in one sitting - I can't wait for the next Adelia book.
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