"An exhilarating whodunit and my favourite book of the year. I'd like to crown Ariana Franklin Queen of the Historical Mystery."
—Tess Gerritsen, author of The Keepsake
"Franklin's research is exhaustive-but never exhausting for the reader-and adds a wealth of historical color to a good yarn. And her cliffhanger ending will have readers yearning for the next installment in the adventures of the fascinating Adelia, an early feminist, a loving mother, a skilled doctor and an ardent lover."
—The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"The stellar Mistress of the Art of Death series continues! . . . The author gracefully incorporates her knowledge of the period into a riveting and suspenseful story."
—Historical Novels Review
"Sprinkled with fascinating historical facts about the medieval period, Franklin's plots always intrigue. For fans of Sharon Kay Penman and medieval mysteries, this is essential reading."
"Both fans of historical fiction and mystery readers will be rewarded."