The Death Maze

The Death Maze

Mistress of the Art of Death, Adelia Aguilar series 2


'Wonderfully atmospheric, fast-paced and intelligent' GUARDIAN

Twelfth-century anatomist Adelia Aguilar must once again examine the dead as gruesome events are beginning to unfold...

Henry II's favourite mistress, Rosamund Clifford, has been poisoned - and, rumour says, by his jealous wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. If Henry believes the stories, England will be torn apart as King battles Queen.

In a race against time to prove Eleanor's innocence, and with a dangerous assassin on the loose, Adelia has never faced greater danger. The armies that might cause civil war lie behind her. The icy winds of a dreadful winter blow around her. And ahead she must brave the thorns of the impenetrable labyrinth that surrounds Fair Rosamund's tower, and decipher the mystery of the dead woman who lies frozen within.

'Highly entertaining . . . Franklin is an adept storyteller who disseminates her research into the period with clarity and lightness of touch' THE TIMES


Readers are gripped by The Death Maze:

'The pace of the narrative kept the candle burning in a page turning frenzy!' *****
'A brilliant, feisty female lead, highlighting the perils for women in medieval times.' *****
'The author conjures up the lives and customs of the middle ages . . . an utter joy to read.' *****


  • Highly entertaining... Franklin is an adept storyteller who disseminates her research into the period with clarity and lightness of touch.
    The Times

About the author

Ariana Franklin

Ariana Franklin was born in Devon and, like her father, became a journalist. Having invaded Wales dressed in combat uniform with the Royal Marines for one of their military exercises, accompanied the Queen on a royal visit, missed her own twenty-first birthday party because she had to cover a murder, she married, almost inevitably, another journalist. At this point she decided that staying married was a good idea so she abandoned her career in national newspapers and settled down in the country to bring up two daughters, study medieval history and write. Ariana was the author of the acclaimed, award-winning Mistress of the Art of Death series. She passed away in 2011.
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