Mistress of the Art of Death

by Charlotte Reads Classics

Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin

Ariana Franklin doesn’t shy away from grisly details of the medieval murder mystery that is running across Canterbury killing children. Nobody likes whodunnit plot spoilers so the only thing I will say about it is that I was nowhere close to guessing, and I properly exhausted myself reading the last third of the book in one go when all I had planned to do was finish a chapter.

I thought the period of history Franklin chose was interesting for more than just the female doctor angle. For example, she ties in Henry II, the invention of English Common Law, and the legal status and treatment of jewish people.

See also Company of Liars by Karen Maitland.