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THE SERPENTS TALE
ARIANA FRANKLIN
ISBN# 9780425225745/9780060897390
February 3, 2009
Berkley (Penguin Group) (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Paperback/Hardcover
$15.00/$25.95
416 pages
Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar is used to utilizing herbs and pragmatism. As a graduate of the School of Medicine in Salerno, she has a flair for forensics, and skill in its practice. While spending some time with her daughter, King Henry II once again summons her.

Rowley Picot is not only the new Bishop of St. Albans but the father of Adelia’s daughter. Known as one of Cambridge's own, he is glad to be the king’s bishopric appointee.

King Henry II is well aware of Adelia’s skill. When his mistress is found dead, he insists Adelia find the killer. When the King summons and tells you to stay, you stay. Still, she is not too happy with the situation. Doubt has landed on Henry’s estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. As his special investigator, Henry II feels Adelia can unravel the mystery before all chaos breaks loose. With Rowley’s help, Adelia is soon plunged into a task darker than she ever imagined. In no time, they are faced with more dead bodies piling up, where danger threatens their every step. Things are more gruesome than Adelia never imagined. Can Adelia undercover the truth or will this be the last time Henry II summons her?

The Serpents Tale is a suspenseful page-turner for this reader. The description of the murders and the characters during the medieval times was interesting. I admire Adelia and the strength she cast in this tale. Adelia emits a wide range of emotions throughout the book, not only as a mother, but as someone who is compassionate when it comes to finding the truth. Ariana Franklin skillfully crafts a read pulling this reader into the center of the investigation, during cold and dark times. She instills believable characters within a fervent read, often leaving this reader gasping. Sometimes I could almost feel a chill down my back with the many developments Adelia faces in this well-researched story.

Cherokee
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