The Serpent's Tale

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The Serpent's Tale

By Ariana Franklin

Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425225745, 403pp.

Publication Date: February 3, 2009

The follow-up to "Mistress of the Art of Death"- in the national bestselling series hailed as "the medieval answer to Kay Scarpetta and the "CSI" detectives."
When King Henry II's mistress is found poisoned, suspicion falls on his estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The king orders Adelia Aguilar, expert in the science of death, to investigate-and hopefully stave off civil war. A reluctant Adelia finds herself once again in the company of Rowley Picot, the new Bishop of St. Albans...and her baby's father. Their discoveries into the crime are shocking- and omens of greater danger to come.

About the Author
Ariana Franklin was the award-winning author of Mistress of the Art of Death and the critically acclaimed, bestselling medieval thriller series of the same name, as well as the twentieth-century thriller City of Shadows. She died in 2011, while writing The Siege Winter.

Praise For The Serpent's Tale

"A deliciously dark and effective concoction of historical fiction, suspense, romance, adventure and forensics."
-Miami Herald

"An irresistible novel."
-New York Daily News

"A brilliant tapestry of medieval life and death."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

-Chicago Sun-Times