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A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin
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Sep 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-historical

To read any of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death mysteries, is to enter another time. A Murderous Procession is another example of Franklin's extraordinary talent to set the scene of another world.

Adelia and Rowley are happily ensconced in England with their various friends and family when Henry commands they accompany his 10 year old daughter Joanna to Palermo where she will marry William II of Sicily. The journey through England, France and Italy is the story, and what a story it is. Fraught with danger, spies, murder and heretics, every step along the way, every page of the mystery is filled with tension, honor, mad rage, desire and political plotting by the blood of the throne and men of the cloth.

Adelia and Mansur's healing ways keep the party alive and traveling, and keep the churchmen and their medical minions cursing. Fascination perspective on the politics of the time, especially the Cathars, whose plain faith and evangelism attracted the wrath of the Crusades, and death during the Inquisition.

Read the series from the start, and you'll be best prepared to enjoy the narrative.

--Ashland Mystery

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