The Assassin's Prayer

The Assassin's Prayer

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The King of England has ordered his Mistress of the Art of Death - anatomist and doctor Adelia Aguilar - to accompany 10-year-old Princess Joanna on her thousand-mile journey to marry the King of Sicily. They must take with them the legendary sword Excalibur. And so Adelia sets sail with the golden princess and her lavish procession of nobles, musicians, servants, laundresses, grooms, luggage and treasure. But when members of the procession begin to die and it looks as though Adelia is to blame, there are dangerous accusations of witchcraft. Meanwhile one traveller, armed with a brilliant disguise and a personal vendetta, has been watching Adelia all too closely. He wants Adelia dead ...but he wants her to suffer first.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2010.
ISBN: 9780593063545
Characteristics: 370 p. : geneal. table, map ; 24 cm.

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finn75
Jul 19, 2016

So sad that this is the last in the series as I have really enjoyed reading about this character.

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Roundcat
Aug 17, 2015

This last book of the Adelia series kept me in the dark until the last page. The main characters list places "Scarry" had to have been, and then hints are dropped which implicate suspects. I thought I knew who the murderer was, but on the last page, I discovered I was wrong. It does end on a cliffhanger, with various outcomes available for the reader to imagine. The writing describing the progress of the procession to Palermo brought the various characters, locations and problems to vivid life. Chaucer had nothing on Franklin. I feel so sad that she is no longer with us to continue this series.

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goddessbeth
Aug 13, 2015

A Murderous Procession is the final book in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, which I have loved. Sadly, it's the final not because it concludes the story, but because the author died.

Which is a damned shame, not only because she's the kind of mystery novelist who truly leaves you guessing and because her protagonist, Adelia, is a fantastic character, but because this one ended on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Franklin has usually outwitted me in terms of the whodunit, and I love that her novels are not just about the mystery but about the history- each contains a healthy dose of education about England and Europe during Henry II's reign. I already knew the broad strokes of it, but her writing really adds depth and life to the history.

In this case, the story directly ties to Grave Goods, the one that happens (chronologically) before it. And of course, I thought I knew exactly who the killer was, until (no kidding) the very last chapter of the book. The plot is fraught with tension, both with the story and the larger themes of the Catholic Church beating everybody up and stealing their lunch money.

It was an entertaining read, and although I recommend at least reading Grave Goods before this one, it does stand on its own. I recommend it for fans of historical fiction, murder mysteries, strong female protagonists, edutainment, large numbers of secondary characters, and madness.

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Kaycross
Aug 26, 2014

Sadly, Ariana Franklin is no longer with us, having passed away in 2011, but her last book is going to be, thanks to her daughter Samantha.

Winter Siege, to be published in October by Bantam, is the stand-alone historical thriller left unfinished on her untimely death and now completed by Samantha Norman, daughter of Barry and Diana (aka Ariana) Norman and is set in 1141 at the time when Stephen and Matilda were tearing England apart to secure the crown following the death of Henry I. I do hope this will be purchased by the Ipswich Library.

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lpreston214
Nov 02, 2012

Another great installment in the Mistress of the Art of Death series. Adelia must accompany the King's daughter's marriage procession with the responsibility for the princess's health. However, along the way, someone is trying to turn people against Adelia or even do her in! The return of beloved characters, sparks between Adelia and Rowley some great new characters and interesting historical facts make this book tons of fun. The cliffhanger ending indicates the author was planning more but alas we'll never know as she passed away last year. We have to assume everything comes out well, Adelia is reunited with Ali, Rowley and all her loved ones and returns to her new, adopted home of England.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

This historical mystery set in the 12th century in Europe. It is the fourth in a series about a medical doctor, Adelia Agular and her Saracen assistant, Mansur. In this novel King Henry II asks Adelia to accompany his10-year-old daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry the King of Sicily. To make sure that Adelia returns to England, Henry II keeps Adelia’s daughter Allie at his court. Deaths begin to happen along the procession to Sicily and many in the group are blaming Adelia and are stating that she is a witch. Adelia finally discovers that Scarry is after her. She killed his lover Wolf in a previous novel. Adelia does not know the true identity of her killer as his face was covered when
she killed Wolf. Lots of period details and twists and turns in the plot. A fast paced and enjoyable historical mystery.

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sexygecko
Apr 28, 2011

i love this series - and i'm a very picky reader! i love that we finally get a strong female lead in a book!

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ready2read
Feb 15, 2011

sad news ---Ariana Franklin died in January 2011. See www.arianafranklin.com

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LR_Seattle
Feb 06, 2011

Love this series! Can't get enough! Fabulous in every sense. Do not miss these books if you like medieval/Crusades-era historical fiction.

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yek
Feb 05, 2011

This book has the same story as
A MURDEROUS PROCCESSION

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goodasgoldy
Jan 18, 2013

love this series! wish it could continue, but as ms. franklin died 27th January 2011 this is tuly the end.

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