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Mistress of the Art of Death

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Mistress of the Art of Death By Ariana Franklin, book reviewWhen a child murder takes place in twelfth century Cambridge, the finger of blame is pointed at the town’s Jewish community. As tensions rise, Cambridge’s Jews are forced to take refuge behind the walls of the castle but this poses a big problem for the king; with the Jews unable to work, the country is losing a lucrative income in the form of taxes. The situation calls for an expert and the king summons the services of an expert investigator, Simon of Athens. However, Simon does not arrive alone; if it wasn’t odd enough to the citizens of Cambridge that he should be accompanied by an Arab eunuch, Simon is assisted by Adelia Aguilar, a female doctor, trained at the medical school in Salerno and an expert in mysterious deaths.

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