MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH, by Ariana Franklin
There is no shortage of men eager to accuse, and a credulous populace ready to agree. Scapegoating was a popular sport in those days. Adelia practices through her manservant, Mansur, who claims to speak only Arabic, and Adelia is his helper and translator. When Sir Rowley Picot, once a crusader, learns the truth, Adelia waits to see what he will do. The answer surprises them both. As tension rises in the town, the murderer strikes again, close to Adelia and all she loves. Beautifully researched and written, this is a marvelous introduction to the series and the times. It's a 5.
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