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Grave Goods

Ariana Franklin

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Description

The "richly detailed, almost indecently thrilling" (New York Times) follow up to The Serpent's Tale

When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons.

At the same time, the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Bishop of St. Albans, father of Adelia's daughter. Trouble is, someone at Glastonbury doesn't want either mystery solved, and is prepared to kill to prevent it...




Publishers Weekly Review

Jan 05, 2009 – Set in 1176, Franklin’s excellent third Mistress of the Art of Death novel (after The Serpent’s Tale) finds Adelia Aguilar, a “qualified doctor from the School of Medicine in Salerno,” in the holy town of Glastonbury, where Henry II has sent her to inspect two sets of bones rumored to be those of Arthur and Guinevere. Henry is hoping that an unequivocally dead Arthur will discourage the rebellious Welsh. The bones have been uncovered by the few monks, under the saintly Abbot Sigward, who remain after a terrible and mysterious fire devastated the town and abbey. Adelia’s party includes her loyal Arabian attendant, Mansur, whose willingness to play the role of doctor allows Adelia to be his “translator” and practice the profession she loves; and Gyltha, Mansur’s lover and the caretaker of Adelia’s small daughter, Allie. Eloquently sketched characters, including a ragtag group of Glastonbury men down on their luck, and bits of medieval lore flavor the constantly unfolding plot.

Customer Reviews

Grave Goods

Excellent historical mystery in the tradition of The Name of The Rose, only with a strong female lead character. Great read.

Worth it!

Fast-paced, fun, and practically a vocabulary lesson. Set in the 12th century with great color and action. Sometimes a little slow, but worth the wait once the action starts!!

Grave Goods
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 19, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group US
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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