I found a new mystery series to love this August, and Book 1—Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin kicks it off. Set in 12th Century England, Cambridge, to be precise, Adelia arrives from the great university at Salerno, Italy to examine the deaths of four children believed by their neighbors to have been killed by local Jews.
I confess, I almost stopped reading during the first few pages. The initial point of view is present tense and feels nearly completely disengaged from the events being related. However, once Adelia’s point of view is engaged, the story is gripping.
Are you looking for a good medieval mystery, a puzzle to challenge you, and a story to carry you off to a distant, yet unfortunately not too distant time? Check out Mistress of the Art of Death. You won’t be disappointed.