"The Serpent's Tale continues this exciting series... This excellent adventure delivers high drama and lively scholarship from its heroine's feminist perspective."
—Steve's Book Review
"This second outing of Dr. Adelia Aguilar is an impeccably researched tapestry of murder most foul, regal intrigue, and heady feminism...It's a refreshing take on a well-worn genre. B+."
"[Ariana] Franklin makes clear that the Italian-born Adelia is not just a product of her own moment but a forward-thinking woman who states her profession in the simplest of terms: "I find things out. It's what I do."
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"The Serpent's Tale is a perfect blend of historical/crime/romance fiction, intelligent and witty and certainly engrossing. . . . an irresistible novel."
—New York Daily News
"An enjoyable romp...A warm, promising continuation of the series."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Mesmerizing...will keep readers on edge until the final page."
"A deliciously dark and effective concoction of historical fiction, suspense, romance, adventure and forensics. Franklin deftly recreates a vivid medieval England and introduces a memorable cast of seamy inhabitants."
"The Lion in Winter meets CSI. Franklin weaves a brilliant tapestry of medieval life and death."