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Ariana Franklin (1933–2011)

Autor(a) de O Anjo da Morte

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About the Author

Ariana Franklin is a pen name used by Diana Norman. She is a British author and journalist writing historical fiction and non-fiction. She was born in Devon, England. She is married to the film critic Barry Norman. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Obras por Ariana Franklin

O Anjo da Morte (2007) 3,983 exemplares
The Serpent's Tale (2008) 1,766 exemplares
Grave Goods (2009) 1,364 exemplares
A Murderous Procession (2010) 951 exemplares
City of Shadows (2006) 706 exemplares
The Siege Winter (2014) 372 exemplares
A Catch of Consequence (2002) 280 exemplares
The Vizard Mask (1994) 138 exemplares
Taking Liberties (2003) 133 exemplares
Death and the Maiden (2020) 121 exemplares
The Sparks Fly Upward (2006) 89 exemplares
The Pirate Queen (1991) 66 exemplares
Blood Royal (1998) 56 exemplares
The Morning Gift (1985) 53 exemplares
Daughter of Lir (1988) 48 exemplares
Shores of Darkness (1996) 48 exemplares
The Stately Ghosts of England (1963) 47 exemplares
Fitzempress' Law (1980) 29 exemplares
Road from Singapore (1883) 13 exemplares
King of the Last Days (1981) 10 exemplares
At First Sight 2 exemplares
Relikvie mrtvých 1 exemplar
Labyrintem smrti 1 exemplar
High Stakes 1 exemplar
Autobiography 1 exemplar
The siege winter 1 exemplar
Statečná srdce (2015) 1 exemplar

Associated Works


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Norman, Diana
Outros nomes
Franklin, Ariana
Narracott, Mary Diana (birth name)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Datchworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Torquay, Devon, England, UK
Hertfordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
journalist (freelance)
historical novelist
Norman, Barry (husband)
Prémios e menções honrosas
CWA Dagger in the Library (2010)
Ellis Peters Historical Dagger (2007)
Helen Heller Agency

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Ariana Franklin was the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A former newspaper journalist, she wrote several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels under her own name. She used the pen name for more recent historical thrillers.



Group Read (January) - A MURDEROUS PROCESSION em The 11 in 11 Category Challenge (Janeiro 2011)


This mystery was too long and the love story was not an asset. The concern about plague was a bit out-of-sync since the black death was around 150 years away, though plagues did occur before. And the convolutions to get our heroine to England when Sicily has many tales to tell was way Anglo-centric for me.
quondame | 249 outras críticas | Dec 25, 2023 |
review pending - sent to Cheesy cause it is on her wishlist.
Kiri | 249 outras críticas | Dec 24, 2023 |
Nat: XII secolo, omicidi misteriosi, una donna esperta nelle autopsia aiuta/conduce le indagini.
CRN-Books | 249 outras críticas | Dec 18, 2023 |
Samantha Norman takes a stab at completing her mother Ariana Franklin's iconic mystery series starring Adelia Aguilar. Norman makes several strategic decisions with the plotting of the story to have it play to her strengths. The writing is good and the story is interesting. Unfortunately, it's the pacing that fails Norman and that shows, in a big way, that this book won't fully satisfy readers, let alone live up to the hype set by the previous novels. Overall, I highly recommend approaching this novel as a standalone story rather than as the finale to the Mistress of the Art of Death series.

Rather than take on the analytical and legendary Adelia, Norman opts to tell the story of Death and the Maiden from the point of view of her daughter Almeison "Allie". This choice is smart on the part of Norman; however, it does create a staggering tonal shift as the predecessor in the series A Murderous Procession ends on a dramatic cliffhanger. Allie is positioned as Adelia's protege in all things medical and macabre, but Allie is chafing at the monotony of her life with her mother. When fan-favorite Glytha falls ill and Adelia breaks her ankle, Allie is proposed as the replacement nurse. Unbeknownst to everyone, Allie is walking right into a village with a penchant for murdering pretty girls.

Allie starts out as interesting, but she soon petered out for me. She never shows any initiative to learn about the mystery of the disappearing girls or to explore her surroundings, even though she supposedly missed living in the Fens and everyone there. As a result, the mystery stalls, and all Allie really does is moon over her attractive neighbor whom her father is desperately trying to marry her to or sulk because she's not getting her own way. Even when a beloved character is kidnapped (and you see it coming from a mile away), Allie doesn't spring to action. The mystery only really picks up steam when Adelia's ankle recovers enough for her to show up in the Fens for the last third of the novel to save both the village and the story. Unfortunately, Allie's lack of agency continues. She neither finds her friend through her own efforts nor even finishes off the villain. Overall, she's not much of a heroine, but comparing her to her mother Adelia makes her even more disappointing. Then, Norman teases readers that Allie might find a future at court with Eleanor of Aquitaine, which would really be something, but that also comes to nothing because Allie can't make her mind up about anything.

My favorite character was Penda. Readers may recognize her as the little girl from Franklin and Norman's other novel The Siege in Winter. Penda was fierce, efficient, bold, caring in her own way, and just so much fun. She lit up the page. It makes sense since Norman finished Penda's novel too. She probably felt more familiar with her, and it showed. She was, by far, the strongest character. As for the other characters - Adelia, Rowley, Glytha, Ulf - they aren't as strong or vivid with the exception of Rowley. Norman managed to capture his dual life fairly well, I thought.

While there was a lot of promise, ultimately, this book is not one I'll revisit. I can't help but wonder if it wouldn't have been better to just let the series end with the fourth book and let readers imagine everything turned out well for the characters at the end. I appreciate the attempt to conclude this famous series, but I really don't think the book added anything. It feels unnecessary, in my opinion, even as a standalone novel in its own merit.
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readerbug2 | 5 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |



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