Sunday, September 13, 2009
"Grave Goods", by Ariana Franklin
3rd novel in the series "A Mistress in the Art of Death"
This historical based mystery is an exciting sequel. Anyone who is a fan of Adelia Aguilar and her forensic skills will not be disappointed.
In 1176, a fire caused damage to Glastonbury Abbey and during the subsequent clean up an ancient box was found with the remains of two people. As in the past, King Henry 11 summoned Adelia to determine without a doubt the skeletons uncovered where those of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Adelia and her forensic team embark on a mission to reveal their true identities.
The author has given us a tale of crime, forensics details and romance mixed with an ingenious blend of medieval history during the rule of King Henry11.This clever story progresses with snappy dialogue at a fast-pace making it very hard to put down. A fascinating cast of strong characters provide growth to tantalize our imagination and pique our interest. New facets are revealed in the relationship between Adelia and St-Alban while the adventure runs a gamut of difficulties.
Judging by the ending of this novel, I suspect Henry will ask Adelia to use her expertise and solve more of the period's mysteries