Relics of the Dead

Relics of the Dead

Mistress of the Art of Death, Adelia Aguilar series 3


'An exhilarating whodunit and my favourite book of the year.' TESS GERRITSEN

1176- The monks of Glastonbury have discovered two skeletons buried in their graveyard - one is tall, like that of a warrior, the other small and delicate. Are these the remains of King Arthur and Guinevere?

On hearing of the discovery, King Henry II demands evidence that the legendary Arthur is dead - he needs to stop his belligerent Welsh subjects believing that their Once and Future King will return to lead them against him.

So, he calls upon his Mistress of the Art of Death, the anatomist Adelia Aguilar, to examine the bones. But someone doesn't want the skeletons identified - and is prepared to kill in order to prevent it...

'Franklin is one of the very best creators of medieval whodunits.' GUARDIAN


Readers are captivated by Relics of the Dead:

'Brilliantly executed and with edge-of-your-seat suspense' *****
'The history is skilfully woven into the racing story . . . Thoroughly enjoyable' *****
'The attention to detail is superb, and will certainly keep you enthralled and entertained' *****


  • Franklin is one of the very best creators of medieval whodunits writing today.

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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