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The Serpent's Tale

(2008)
(The Death Maze)
(The second book in the Mistress of the Art of Death series)
A novel by

 
Ariana Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of historical fiction in the enthralling second novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, featuring medieval heroine Adelia Aguilar.

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 . . .

Genre: Historical Mystery    Get it on Google Play

"An outstanding historical mystery. Well-researched, well-plotted, well-paced and above all well written." - Mike Ripley


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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Death Maze
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-593-05650-7 / 978-0-593-05650-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 1-4104-0622-9 / 978-1-4104-0622-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-399-15464-7 / 978-0-399-15464-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death Maze
Author(s): ARIANA FRANKLIN
ISBN: 0-553-81801-5 / 978-0-553-81801-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Death Maze
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-553-82033-8 / 978-0-553-82033-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Serpents Tale
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-14-305285-3 / 978-0-14-305285-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-425-22574-7 / 978-0-425-22574-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Death Maze
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-593-05651-5 / 978-0-593-05651-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Serpent's Tale
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-14-305284-5 / 978-0-14-305284-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Serpent's Tale, a Novel
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 1-60751-009-X / 978-1-60751-009-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: G P Putnam's Son
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Audio Editions

February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Death Maze: Mistress Of The Art Of Death 2
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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February 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Death Maze: Mistress Of The Art Of Death 2
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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January 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Serpent's Tale
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 0-14-314287-9 / 978-0-14-314287-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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January 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Serpent's Tale
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
ISBN: 1-4159-4725-2 / 978-1-4159-4725-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

January 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Serpents Tale
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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January 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Author(s): Ariana Franklin
Publisher: Berkley
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