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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ariana Franklin Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mistress of the Art of Death Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781449808716
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National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sprinkled with fascinating historical facts about the medieval period, Franklin's plots always intrigue.” 

    Library Journal

  • “An exhilarating whodunit and my favourite book of the year. I'd like to crown Ariana Franklin Queen of the Historical Mystery.”

    Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli & Isles series

  • “Franklin's research is exhaustive-but never exhausting for the reader-and adds a wealth of historical color to a good yarn. And her cliffhanger ending will have readers yearning for the next installment in the adventures of the fascinating Adelia, an early feminist, a loving mother, a skilled doctor and an ardent lover.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “The stellar Mistress of the Art of Death series continues!…The author gracefully incorporates her knowledge of the period into a riveting and suspenseful story.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • Selected for the April 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/14/2014

    " Another great addition to the Mistress of Death series with an ending that left me wanting the next installment NOW! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariesa | 2/12/2014

    " A much less interesting plot than the previous three in the series. Instead of a mystery, it's more of a travelogue where the heroine keeps falling into peril. The only real mystery she solves is about the death of a goat. The overarching mystery was the true identity of Scarry, which is not a compelling enough question to keep one riveted through the whole book (particularly because it's fairly easy to narrow it down to two or three possibilities). And the book ends abruptly (a bit of a forced cliffhanger). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one--might be my favorite in the series! I was sorely disappointed to realize this would be the last in the series, since the author passed in 2011. The book leaves you on such a cliffhanger!! I am glad to have read this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/18/2014

    " The series continued with anticipation of what was to come. I was again surprised by the events that were unfolding and wish the last and final book was already released! I want to know how it all ends! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Morgan | 1/7/2014

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The sad part is that it leaves you hanging and I don't know if the author wrote a follow-up book before she passed away. After reading all four books in the series I was very wrapped up in the characters and need to know how it ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/31/2013

    " I love Aeriana Frankin's stories. This was one of her best historical mysteries and you get to meet Adelia'a parents. If you like historical novels (takes place during Henry II reign)and mysteries give this Ariana's books a try. Start with Mistress of the Art of Death - enjoy "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzy | 12/31/2013

    " Ugh! I just could not get into this book. The setting and characters were just not there for me. So, alas, I cannot finish this novel and will never know if anyone is killed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie Ahlander Maenza | 12/28/2013

    " I really was drawn into this story, as I am with all her other mysteries. I believe this is one is my favorite. The ending had me crying, laughing and saying OH NO!!!!!! Having to wait for the next book to find out what is going to happen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami Greaney | 12/22/2013

    " I thought this was the best book in the series do far, though I didn't like the open ending that it had - now I'll have to wait for the next book to come out to see how things went! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 hoganfe handmade originals | 10/30/2013

    " Creeped out by the demonic creatures thoughts - this is the first by this author I have not finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/30/2013

    " Again, historical (King Henry II England), woman doctor of pathology. Mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 8/1/2013

    " I love Mistress of the Art of Death! These books are great. If you like history, culture, or murder mysteries, you would also like them. This particular one didn't have enough sleuthing in it compared to the others, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KT | 4/8/2013

    " Enjoyed this one too. However, the third was my favorite. It's a shame the author died. I want more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Legustafson | 3/1/2013

    " I don't know why I love these books so much, but I do. A little bit historical noval, a little bit adventure murder mystery. Fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destructo The Mad | 2/8/2013

    " I was crushed to hear of Diana Norman (aka Ariana Franklin)'s passing earlier this year. Now we're trying to find copies of the historical romances she wrote under her own name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Syme | 1/28/2013

    " I don't like unanswered questions, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/21/2011

    " This was one of the better Mistress of the Art of Death books. I hope she comes out with another one. I could not put this book down. Ariana can really keep your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 7/3/2011

    " I do believe I liked this better that the third of the series - I'm also happy about the promising cliffhanger, as it means more books! This stuff is honestly like one-day fluff reading... about murder and history. I'm such a nerd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 6/28/2011

    " Number 4 in the series--missed #3 somehow--Adelia and Mansur are deputed to accompany Henry II's daughter Joanna to Sicily for her wedding. There are serious illnesses, deaths, and meetings with a group of holy heretics--oh, and King Arthur's sword Excalibur is stolen along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/9/2011

    " Another series of historical fiction that I've been following. I like her heroine, a woman doctor from the 12th c; apparently there were a few such women trained in the more cosmopolitan city-centers of Asia Minor and Southern Europe. An entertaining escape from the 21st c.! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/30/2011

    " History. Mystery. Intercultural conflict. Women heroes. What more can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiana | 5/26/2011

    " Loved the way they bring her back to her home and history. Not as dark as her other stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/16/2011

    " I love this character and series. Too bad the author passed away and I will never find out what other adventures she has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/16/2011

    " This was a re-read for me and I continue to feel like none of the subsequent books live up to the first in the series but I enjoy the series anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/11/2011

    " Hated the ending...and the author has now passed away :( so no hope for another in the series to wrap up loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/8/2011

    " I loved this, in fact I got so caught up in this book that I seriously considered phoning the friend I was meeting to say that something had come up and that I had to cancel. It moves along at a good pace although the identity of the bad guy was to obvious which stops this from being a 5* read. "

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About the Author
Author Ariana Franklin

Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A bestselling author and former journalist, she lives in England with her husband.

About the Narrator

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.