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Reader's Link - March 2011 Staff Picks Archive

Mistress of the Art of Death

Mistress of the Art of Death..

Title: Mistress of the Art of Death..
By: Ariana Franklin

In twelfth century Cambridge, tensions are high between the local townsfolk and the Jewish population, suspected of murdering and disfiguring four children. King Henry II has requested aid of an expert in reading the dead from the Salerno School of Medicine in Italy. He is attempting to shelter the Jews, but is mostly worried about the tax revenue they bring him. Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, Adelia for short, finds herself with a complicated mystery to solve -- hampered by the fact that no one expects the learned doctor to be a woman.

Ariana Franklin's story is a pleasing combination of history and mystery. The sleuth Adelia's attitudes may be surprisingly modern, but it helps to bridge the gap between the contemporary reader and the medieval setting. A series of sequels detail the further investigations of this "doctor to the dead": The Serpent's Tale, Grave Goods, and A Murderous Procession.

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Posted by Ginger L. on March 31, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.


Maisie Dobbs

Title: Maisie Dobbs
By: Jacqueline Winspear

Aren’t you glad when a book is narrated well? It makes such a difference. I listened to the first book in the popular “Maisie Dobbs” mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear with the actress Rita Barrington reading aloud as I leisurely puttered in the backyard. I enjoyed getting to know the heroine Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, found the time period fascinating (set in Britain, after World War I), and was intrigued with the cases she sets out to solve. A real breath of fresh air - and the library has the entire series in book form too! Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies, Messenger of Truth, An Incomplete Revenge, Among The Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death, and A Lesson in Secrets.

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Posted by pollockl on March 31, 2011 at 9:36 a.m.

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