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Mistress Of The Art Of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death 1) Hardcover – 7 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593056493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593056493
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"a morbidly entertaining novel"
-- NY Times

'Delightfully original'
-- LITERARY REVIEW, June 2007

'Entertaining, well researched and well written' -- JOANNE HARRIS, August 06

'The deserved winner of this year's ELLIS PETERS HISTORICAL DAGGER is a cunningly plotted tale... Great stuff.'
-- The Observer, 9 December 2007

Entertaining, well researched and well written. -- Joanne Harris

Terrific...Wonderfully plotted, with a dozen twists...A historical mystery that succeeds brilliantly as both historical fiction and crime-thriller. -- Diana Gabaldon, Washington Post

Synopsis

Winner of Best Historical Crime Novel 2007. In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, made scapegoats by the all-powerful Christian clergy, have been forced to retreat into the castle to avoid slaughter by angry townspeople. Henry, King of England, is displeased. The Jews provide a large part of his revenue and therefore the real killer must be found, and quickly. A renowned investigator, Simon of Naples, is recruited and he arrives in town from the continent accompanied by an Arab and a young woman, Adelia Aguilar. There are few female doctors in twelth century Europe, but Adelia is one of them, having qualified at the great School of Medicine in Salerno. What's more, her speciality is the study of corpses; she is, in fact, a mistress of the art of death, a skill that must be concealed in case she's accused of witchcraft. Adelia's investigation takes her deep into Cambridge, its castle and convents and in a medieval city teeming with life, Adelia makes friends and even finds romance. And, fatally, the attention of a murderer who is prepared to kill again...

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