Grave Goods

Grave Goods

Book - 2009
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Combining the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of medieval fiction, New York Times bestselling author Ariana Franklin returns with the third title in the Mistress of the Art of Death series. England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbey, one of England's holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthur's sacred Isle of Avalon, has been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletons' height and age send rumors flying--are the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere? King Henry II hopes so. Struggling to put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is particularly strong, Henry wants definitive proof that the bones are Arthur's. If the rebels are sure that the Once and Future King will not be coming to their aid, Henry can stamp out the insurgence for good. He calls on Adelia Aguilar, Mistress of the Art of Death, to examine the bones. Henry's summons comes not a moment too soon, for Adelia has worn out her welcome in Cambridge. As word of her healing powers has spread, so have rumors of witchcraft. So Adelia and her household ride to Glastonbury, where the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Church authorities, in this case, the Bishop of St. Albans, who happens also to be the father of Adelia's daughter.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
ISBN: 9780399155444
Branch Call Number: FRANKLIN
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jul 03, 2016

Gripping. The best in the series so far!

Apr 06, 2015

Right on the heels of The Serpent's Tale, I was lucky enough to read the third in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, Grave Goods.

Like with all the others, Adelia is a feisty, intelligent heroine, who is also hobbled by her gender (given that it's set during the reign of Henry II). This story takes place a few years after the second book does. This time, it's set around a mystery in Glastonbury. There's plenty of reference to Arthurian legend, as well as (of course) early medical science.

As before, you can read this as a stand alone, though you may be a bit lost with the rare references to events of the second and first books. Truthfully, those bits are only to establish that there's a romantic history between Adelia and Rowley- which is obvious enough as it is.

I recommend it for fans of the first and second book in the series, fans of Arthurian legend (especially the historical bits), medieval historical fiction, intelligent female protagonists, and CSI-style murder mysteries.

Oct 15, 2012

Franklin returns to form with this installment of the Mistress of the Art of Death series. Adelia is called in to examine some bones found in the abbey graveyard in Glastonbury. Are they King Arthur and Guinevere? King Henry sure hopes so. If they're dead, he can put to rest the hope that Arthur is just sleeping and will return. The continuing story of the characters we love is advanced and Adelia makes some new friends and a dangerous enemy.

Feb 06, 2011

This series is so phenomenally fabulous, I can't truly do it justice. Waiting for the next installment is like torture.

Love the medieval setting, the heroine, the love story, the mysteries, and the medicine.

samdog123 Nov 11, 2010

This is the 3rd in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, featuring Adelia a physician trained in Italy in the 11th century. She serves King Henry II and examines questionable deaths and mysteries pertaining to the crown.. This book has her investigating several corpses, who may or may not be legendary King Arthur and Guinevere.

Nov 03, 2009

This was another excellent story about a woman in a position of pwer in Henry II England. I am disappointed that the main character seems to be willingly losing her independence to make a man happy. I was hoping for better from Franklin's heroine.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

King Henry II calls on Adelia Aguilar to examine bones uncovered when Glastonbury Abbey almost burned to the ground. Could these be the bones of the legendary King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere?


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