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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
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Aug 01, 2008

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, medieval, mystery, historical-mystery, book-club
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It is 1171, and four children in Cambridge have been horribly murdered. The locals blame the resident Jews, and have lynched two of them, and the others have fled for safety to the local royal castle. Henry II, who values his Jews because they are worth so much tax revenue, has sent to Sicily for an investigator, or "fixer," and a "master of the art of death," who can say exactly how the children died. What he gets is Simon of Naples (the investigator), a mistress of the art of death, one Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, and her Saracen eunich guard, Mansur.

This was a very interesting novel. Fun to read. Explanation of what should have been everyday sights, explained to us by having them explained to a foreigner was a nicely executed touch. But somehow I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I was expecting to.
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