Mistress of the Art of Death – Ariana Franklin

Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)

From the Publisher:

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia’s investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country’s churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

My thoughts:

This one was attracted me because of the plot-I mean, seriously, forensic specialist in the 12th century-how could it not attract me?  I took one star off because even though I enjoyed the premise, I did not find it very believable from a historical point of view.  Also, another pet peeve of mine, I hate it, and I do mean HATE it when the author mixes romance with mystery.  Not that I’m such a stickler for mystery that I cannot read a book that will mix mystery with any other genre, but in this case I felt that the romance kind of overtook the mystery part, and that’s what turned me off.  That’s all I’ll say about that in order not to spoil the novel.


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