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The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
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Jun 28, 2010

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Book two in the "Mistress of the Art of Death" series. Adelia's been run out of Cambridge by the jealous doctors. She's got a daughter, an infant. And she hasn't seen Ally's father, Rowley something, the Bishop of St. Albans, since King Henry II made him a bishop. She likes her peaceful life in the fens of Norfolk, but now the bishop is dragging her out of it to make her find out who has poisoned Henry's mistress Rosamund. If Henry blames the death on Eleanor, it could mean a new civil war, and nobody wants that. Adelia doesn't want to do any more sleuthing, but...

Adelia gets caught up with Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine this time, and doesn't find her company any more congenial than Henry's--though she likes Henry's politics better. Henry wants peace and prosperity, and keeps having to put down rebels--including his own wife and son. There's a maze, poison mushrooms, a second murder that might have ties to Rosamund's, or might not. Lots of twists, turns and "life in medieval times." A good read.

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