Maira's Books

In January of 2005 I started this blog as a record of books I’ve read as I was afraid I would forget what I have read. I have often referred back to my own blog to remember a book's contents or see what I have read by an author. I have enjoyed passing my books on to friends or recommending books to read. I know I have missed recording some, but in general I try to keep up with what I have read or listened to.

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Location: Kalamazoo, MI, United States

I am a librarian at Waldo Library at Western Michigan University.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (2007)

This is the first book to Serpents Tale, a gift from a colleague. Adelia, trained in medicine in Italy, but especially skilled in reading the dead, is sent by her king to England to help King Henry with some murdered children. This was a fascinating look at 12th century England. It was scary to see the belief in the healing power of religious artifacts. Mind over matter can only go so far. I was again amazed by the level of medical knowledge of Adelia. I also liked her companions Simon, a Jew, and Monsuer, a Moor. I was looking for the person I knew she was going to fall in love with, but I didn't recognize him till the very end.