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A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction.
In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town’s Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend of the Jews—or anyone, really—but he is invested in their fate. Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants, his treasuries would go bankrupt. Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews, Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily—whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe—and asks for his finest “master of the art of death,” an early version of the…[more]
Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of historical fiction in the enthralling second novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, featuring medieval heroine Adelia Aguilar.
Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison-and the king’s estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund’s murder is probably the first move in Eleanor’s long-simmering plot to overthrow him. If Eleanor is guilty, the result could be civil war. The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, to uncover the truth.
Adelia is not happy to be called out of retirement. She has been living contentedly in the countryside, caring for her infant daughter, Allie. But Henry’s summons cannot be ignored, and Adelia must again join forces with the king’s trusted fixer,…[more]
A cultured city scarred by war…. An eastern émigré with scars and secrets of her own…. A young woman claiming to be a Russian grand duchess…. A brazen killer, as vicious as he is clever…. A detective driven by decency and the desire for justice.
…A nightmare political movement steadily gaining power….
This is 1922 Berlin.
One of the troubled city’s growing number of refugees, Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to the charming, unscrupulous cabaret owner “Prince” Nick, and she’s being drawn against her will into his scheme to pass a young asylum patient off as Anastasia, the last surviving heir to the murdered czar of all Russia. But their found “princess,” Anna Anderson, fears that she’s being huntedand this may turn out to be more than paranoia when innocent people all around her begin to die.