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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
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Aug 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, english, historical, mystery, historical-romantic-fiction, favorites

With this enticing title I had to read this book! I found it very fascinating and my nose was twitching to sniff out the devious murderer. It was a rare book to read a medieval crime thriller that really brought the twelfth century to vivid life. I actually enjoyed learning the forensic skills Adelia knew yet she was so cunning to find the perverse cruel killer through clues from the victoms deaths. I have a new appreciation for skills of forensics at a time when there was no modern technology that we now see on shows like CSI. I learned more in depth about the superstitions of the times when women were percived witches if they studied or knew anything about science. I also enjoyed the split levels of the story weaved throughout racial, religious faith and a touch of romance all told with brilliant personalities shinning through. So many twists and turns that were unexpected and at times shocking.
Not may stories am I this excited to say decomposition fascinated me!
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Reading Progress

August 24, 2010 – Shelved
November 16, 2010 – Started Reading
November 16, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
November 16, 2010 – Shelved as: english
November 16, 2010 – Shelved as: historical
November 16, 2010 – Shelved as: mystery
November 16, 2010 – Shelved as: historical-romantic-fiction
November 16, 2010 –
page 17
November 17, 2010 –
page 57
November 18, 2010 –
page 62
November 24, 2010 –
page 76
November 27, 2010 –
page 142
December 6, 2010 –
page 280
December 8, 2010 – Finished Reading
February 1, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites

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