Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ariana Franklin Book Giveaways

Want to win a copy of this book? ....


Mistress of the Art of Death
Author: Ariana Franklin
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade

Mistress of the Art of Death

Book Description

In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia's investigation takes her behind the closed doors of the country's churches, the killer prepares to strike again.

About the Author

Ariana Franklin is a British writer who, as Diana Norman, has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels.

Or this one?


The Serpent's Tale
Author: Ariana Franklin
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult

The Serpent’s Tale

Book Description

Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison-and the king's estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is probably the first move in Eleanor's long-simmering plot to overthrow him. If Eleanor is guilty, the result could be civil war. The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, to uncover the truth.

Adelia is not happy to be called out of retirement. She has been living contentedly in the countryside, caring for her infant daughter, Allie. But Henry's summons cannot be ignored, and Adelia must again join forces with the king's trusted fixer, Rowley Picot, the Bishop of St. Albans, who is also her baby's father.

Adelia and Rowley travel to the murdered courtesan's home, in a tower within a walled labyrinth-a strange and sinister place from the outside, but far more so on the inside, where a bizarre and gruesome discovery awaits them. But Adelia's investigation is cut short by the appearance of Rosamund's rival: Queen Eleanor. Adelia, Rowley, and the other members of her small party are taken captive by Eleanor's henchmen and held in the nunnery of Godstow, where Eleanor is holed up for the winter with her band of mercenaries, awaiting the right moment to launch their rebellion.

Isolated and trapped inside the nunnery by the snow and cold, Adelia and Rowley watch as dead bodies begin piling up. Adelia knows that there may be more than one killer at work, and she must unveil their true identities before England is once again plunged into civil war . . .

Historical myteries - mmm mmm, my favorite cuppa tea! Yours too? Then what are you waiting for? Go right ahead and enter.

Just go to "Stone Soup" blog and leave a comment. One book per winner, with the first winner getting their choice. Enter before next Monday, when a new giveaway starts.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway I'm holding! More details are over at that post. Hurry up, it ends on March 31st!



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