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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
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Aug 25, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery
Read from August 22 to 25, 2011

A mystery surrounds the deaths of children in a 12th century English town. The Jews of the community are blamed and the king requests doctors from Salerno Italy to assist in the investigation. We see this area with all its ugliness of prejudice against not only different religions but also its views upon women. Women have no rights and are less than second class citizens. Adelia is a woman doctor trying to practice in a time when women can be put to death for such practices. She has to face all these prejudices against her and try to do her job in secret. She is a character that you quickly grow to like and you feel her frustrations with all this. For all this it is a really good mystery and even when you think you have it all figured out it changes. This book was definitely hard to put down and I'm looking forward to the next on in this series.
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08/23/2011 page 138
36.0% "such a good historical mystery thats been really hard to put down."
08/24/2011 page 251
65.0% "Love, however doomed, had the capacity to attach buoys to the soul.--Adelia"

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