Monday, September 7, 2009

Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Putnam
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 331
Challenges: None (sniff sniff)
New-to-me Author: No
Author's Website

Simple Description:
This is the 3rd in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.
Adelia is traveling with her friend Emma when she is summoned by King Henry II. There is rumor that King Arthur and Guenever's remains were found buried at Glastonbury Abby. King Henry II wants Adelia to go to the Abby and verify that they are. Adelia isn't happy about this, but she can't refuse the king. Emma was going to be traveling in the same area, she was headed to a manor that her late husband owned. Adelia and her group stop at this manor to visit Emma, since it's on the way, but find that Emma isn't there. Instead the mother-in-law still is. The mother-in-law swears Emma never showed up. Adelia questions servents but gets the same response. Adelia knows something had to have happened to Emma and her son and group along the way.

Once Adelia reaches Glastonbury Abby, things go from bad to worse. Due to a recent fire the town and Abby are basically deserted except for a handful of monks. While investigating the remains Adelia finds that the pubic bones of what is supposed to be Guenever are missing. Adelia and her companion, Mansure, are also almost buried alive. Then Mansure is kidnapped, and then Adelia is.

Will Adelia be able to prove who the bones are or aren't? Will she find out what happened to her friend Emma? Will she make it out alive?

Now what you really want to thoughts:
I read the first in the series, then somehow never got around the the 2nd, but have now read the 3rd. I really enjoyed the first and I enjoyed this one just as much. Adelia is a great charactor, as well as Mansur and some of the others that are prominent in this series. This is a historical mystery, taking place in 1176. I can't tell you how historically accurate it was, I'm just not good with that stuff. I personally love having a mystery set in that time frame. I think it's interesting how the author works it so that Adelia, a woman, can work and be a Dr.

Happy Reading.....and Thanks for stopping by! Kris

1 comment:

Lezlie said...

I think this series is just wonderful! Aside from Adelia, Gyltha (sp?) is my favorite character. She just tells it like it is! :-)