The Serpent's Tale
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
The follow-up to Mistress of the Art of Death- in the national bestselling series hailed as "the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the CSI detectives."
When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking- and omens of greater danger to come.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
May be even better than "Mistress in the Art of Death". Makes all the characters come alive, but Adriana is especially vivid and real.
There are a number of typos in the Apple e-version.
Tailing the Serpent
Franklin crafts her tales with wit, care, precision, humor, and humanity. Her characters, starting with Odelia herself, are multi-faceted enough to provide interesting surprises, while still cut from the whole cloth that gives them credulity.
The murder mystery is taken to several new levels: historical novel, love story, adventure, and character study. And it never hurts that the characters you want to like deserve it in the end.