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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
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Jul 28, 12

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Read in July, 2012

This was as thoroughly enjoyable read, both as work of historical fiction and a mystery. This book introduces Adelia, an Italian-trained physician, who is sent to England as a favor to King Henry to investigate the killing of Catholic children, which has turned Cambridge into a war zone between the Jewish population (who is being blamed) and the local Jews.

Adelia is faced with challenges - not working in a country that is likely to view what she does as witchcraft; but her trusted traveling companions - a Jew and an Arab - who, as men, will be her guards and her guises, but also could be her own death, depending on the mood of the population.

The story evolves, as all mysteries do, with false leads and danger. And a romance that is very nicely built in with a certain amount of humor, as well. And as most mysteries do, it wraps up with the bad people caught.

But what makes this one stand out are a few things: certainly, the fish out of element water is very nicely played, and it will be interesting to see if that works as well in more stories; the humor was very nicely weaved throughout the story; and the historical setting was very well done.

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