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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ariana Franklin Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mistress of the Art of Death Series Release Date:
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When King Henry II’s mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate—and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans … and her baby’s father. Their discoveries surrounding the crime are shocking—and omens of greater danger to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This excellent adventure delivers high drama and lively scholarship from its heroine’s feminist perspective.”

    New York Times

  • “Imaginative.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “An irresistible novel.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A brilliant tapestry of medieval life and death.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “A deliciously dark and effective concoction of historical fiction, suspense, romance, adventure and forensics.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Kate Reading captures her brilliantly through a wonderful and eerie reading…[She] has a knack for this genre of story; with an inherent ability to captivate her audience from start to finish.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “A colorful cast of characters, both good and evil, enhance a tale that will keep readers on edge until the final page.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Uniqueness of character and writing deserves Kate Reading’s outstanding narration. Well-paced, robust…Reading succeeds at a formidable task: crossing genres of history, mystery, and politics; vividly transporting us to a foreign time and place; and credibly portraying Adelia’s inner battles between feminism and passion.”


  • “A warm, promising continuation of the series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of a 2008 AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wanda | 1/30/2014

    " Second in series of medieval coroner and csi during the reign of Henry II of England. Excellent story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessica Castiblanco | 1/28/2014

    " This book was not even half as good as the first. The constant asides about the inequality of women during this time period were tiresome and took away from the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann Babcock | 1/4/2014

    " This is the second time I have read it. Pretty good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy Wolfe | 1/4/2014

    " I got so annoyed at the immaturity and self centered nature of the main character that it was all I could do to finish the story. Also thought the story itself was quite unlikely. "

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