“Grave Goods is the 3rd in the Mistress of the Art of Death Series.”


I purchased the first book in this series several years ago from a discount rack at BAM. But I couldn’t get into it. Recently I acquired Grave Goods in audio form from a library purge sale. Knowing it was not the first in the series I was not going to listen until I had finished the previous installments. But a few weeks later I forgot & loaded it onto the pod. So glad I did.

I was happy to find I was not hindered by not having read the first 2 books previously.

This is a piece of historical fiction with small appearances by Henry II, who is hil-ar-i-ous.

An earthquake and, 20 years later, a fire at Glastonbury Abbey lead to a great discovery. Are they the bones of King Arthur & Queen Guinevere? If not, who? Who/what started the fire at the Abbey? That’s what Adelia Aguilar, better known as the Mistress of the Art of Death has been recruited to find out. But this isn’t an easy task for a woman in 1176 England.

If you’re a stickler about historical fiction this may not be for you. The author explains that she took poetic license with the time line and language. As far as the language goes, I’m glad she did. I hate all the “yees & thees” of what she calls “egads vocabulary”. The language is fairly modern & makes the story flow.

There is a wonderful pace to the story with several smaller mysteries. The characters are well developed & likable. I’m not a history buff by any stretch of the imagination but I do enjoy historical fiction. As far as accuracy goes…no clue. Did they have spring loaded traps then? I don’t know and I don’t care. Does sphagnum moss have healing powers? Again, I don’t know and I don’t care.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book & cannot wait to get my ears on the first 2 in the series. This is a definite reread after I finish the other 2. This one scores a 5 on my readometer.


Reviewed by:

Teresa M, Audio book listener

Added 1st May 2015

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