Death and the maiden

Ariana Franklin

Book - 2020

Allie, the daughter of Adelia Aguilar and a skilled healer with her mother's knowledge of anatomy and sleuthing, is dispatched to the Cambridgeshire village of Ely. There her courtship with a young aristocrat is complicated by her investigation into the disappearances of several local girls.

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Series
Franklin, Ariana. Mistress of the Art of Death novel.
Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"The Final Novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death Series"--Dust jacket.
Sequel to: A murderous procession.
Physical Description
402 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062562388
006256238X
Main Author
Ariana Franklin (-)
Other Authors
Samantha Norman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Norman and coauthor Franklin deliver the final entry in their Mistress of the Art of Death series set in the English Fens in the twelfth century. Adelia is a gifted local healer and physician. Her daughter, Allie, is determined to follow in her footsteps and is already a promising healer herself. But her parents' priority is for her to wed. When Adelia is called to Ely to nurse her old friend Lady Gyltha, she agrees to go but then breaks her ankle. Allie begs to go instead, and Lady Penda, Gyltha's sister, promises that she will find a husband for Allie if the girl is allowed to stand in for her mother. In fact, Penda already has a candidate in mind: the rich, handsome Lord Peverill. Penda also promises to keep Allie safe, given that several girls have disappeared recently, turning up dead weeks later. Once in Ely, Allie befriends Hawise, a local girl, and, as planned, falls for Lord Peverill. But when Hawise disappears, Allie vows to find her friend before Hawise suffers the same fate as the other missing girls. This is a fascinating, page-turning historical mystery, with dashes of twelfth-century politics and religion, intriguing period ambience, charismatic characters, and a completely unexpected ending. Highly recommended. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The first mystery Banville has written under his own name, rather than as Benjamin Black, Snow stars a crusty Protestant detective investigating a murder in County Wexford, buried in endless Snow. In Carlyle's debut, The Girl in the Mirror, jealous Iris takes over the identity—and the handsome husband—of golden-girl twin sister Summer, who mysteriously disappears from a yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean (100,000-copy first printing). In House of Correction, French's new stand-alone, back-in-town Tabitha is arrested for murder when a dead body is found in her shed, and given her pill-popping history of depression and faded recollections of the day, she starts wondering if she really is guilty (50,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing). In Jewell's Invisible Girl, virginal 30-year-old geography teacher Owen Pick is suspended from his job for sexual misconduct he denies, ends up on a shady online involuntary celibate forum, and eventually is a suspect in a teenager's disappearance (250,000-copy first printing). Molloy follows up her New York Times best-selling The Perfect Mother with Goodnight Beautiful, about newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter, who have moved to his quiet upstate New York hometown as he pursues his career as a therapist, though, dangerously, his sessions are heard by neighbors through a ceiling vent (100,000-copy first printing). A Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner and finalist for multitudinous awards, Neville collects short crime, horror, and speculative fiction (some new to print) in The Traveller and Other Stories, a cogent example of Northern Irish noir. With Death and the Maiden, Norman wraps up mother Ariana Franklin's 1100s England-set series about Adelia Aguilar, Mistress of the Art of Death, with an original story about Adelia's daughter, Allie, investigating when several girls go missing from a village she is visiting (40,000-copy first printing). The protean Oates offers four masterly, never-before-published novellas, exemplified by the titular story in Cardiff by the Sea, whose protagonist rediscovers past tragedy when she inherits a house in Maine from someone she doesn't know. In Patterson/Serafin's Three Women Disappear, a mob accountant who is the nephew of the don of central Florida is fatally stabbed in his own kitchen, and which of three women—his wife, his maid, or his personal chef—might be responsible (500,000-copy first printing)? Rankin's A Song for Dark Times witnesses the returns of Inspector Rebus (50,000-copy first printing). In The Devil and the Dark Water, Turton's follow-up to the top LibraryReads pick, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, famed detective Samuel Pipps is sailing back to Amsterdam in chains when terrifying events assault the crew, Pipps's sidekick vanishes, and Pipps himself is asked to puzzle out what's happening. Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A long-anticipated series conclusion finds a young healer dispatched to the Cambridgeshire village of Ely, where her courtship with a young aristocrat is complicated by her investigation into the disappearances of several local girls. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Allie, the daughter of Adelia Aguilar and a skilled healer with her mother's knowledge of anatomy and sleuthing, is dispatched to the Cambridgeshire village of Ely, where her courtship with a young aristocrat is complicated by her investigation into the disappearances of several local girls.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Superb...an appropriate homage”—Marilyn Stasio, New York TimesThe much-anticipated final installment in Ariana Franklin’s popular Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery series, finished by the author’s daughter after her death.England. 1191. After the death of her friend and patron, King Henry II, Adelia Aguilar, England’s vaunted Mistress of the Art of Death, is living comfortably in retirement and training her daughter, Allie, to carry on her craft—sharing the practical knowledge of anatomy, forensics, and sleuthing that catches murderers. Allie is already a skilled healer, with a particular gift for treating animals. But the young woman is nearly twenty, and her father, Rowley, Bishop of Saint Albans, and his patron, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, have plans to marry Allie to an influential husband . . . if they can find a man who will appreciate a woman with such unusual gifts.When a friend in Cambridgeshire falls ill, Allie is sent to Ely, where her path will cross with Lord Peverill, a young aristocrat who would be a most suitable match for the young healer. But when Allie arrives, all is chaos. A village girl has disappeared—and she’s not the first. Over the past few months, several girls from the villages surrounding Ely have vanished. When the body of one of the missing is discovered, Allie manages to examine the remains before burial. The results lead her to suspect that a monstrous predator is on the loose. Will her training and her stubborn pursuit of the truth help her find the killer...or make her the next victim?A richly detailed, twisty thriller, Death and the Maiden is historical mystery at its finest—and a superb final episode in Ariana Franklin’s much-loved, much-acclaimed series.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'superb...an appropriate homage''marilyn Stasio, New York TimesThe much-anticipated final installment in Ariana Franklin's popular Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery series, finished by the author's daughter after her death.England. 1191. After the death of her friend and patron, King Henry II, Adelia Aguilar, England's vaunted Mistress of the Art of Death, is living comfortably in retirement and training her daughter, Allie, to carry on her craft'sharing the practical knowledge of anatomy, forensics, and sleuthing that catches murderers. Allie is already a skilled healer, with a particular gift for treating animals. But the young woman is nearly twenty, and her father, Rowley, Bishop of Saint Albans, and his patron, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, have plans to marry Allie to an influential husband . . . if they can find a man who will appreciate a woman with such unusual gifts.When a friend in Cambridgeshire falls ill, Allie is sent to Ely, where her path will cross with Lord Peverill, a young aristocrat who would be a most suitable match for the young healer. But when Allie arrives, all is chaos. A village girl has disappeared'and she's not the first. Over the past few months, several girls from the villages surrounding Ely have vanished. When the body of one of the missing is discovered, Allie manages to examine the remains before burial. The results lead her to suspect that a monstrous predator is on the loose. Will her training and her stubborn pursuit of the truth help her find the killer...or make her the next victim?A richly detailed, twisty thriller, Death and the Maiden is historical mystery at its finest'and a superb final episode in Ariana Franklin's much-loved, much-acclaimed series.