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O anjo da morte
by Ariana Franklin | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by Virgulina on 2/23/2009
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by Virgulina on Monday, February 23, 2009

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"Em Cambridge, uma criança é violentamente assassinada e outras crianças desaparecem. Os judeus, bodes expiatórios do clero cristão todo-poderoso, foram forçados a esconder-se no castelo para evitar a matança por parte dos revoltados habitantes da cidade.

Um investigador famoso, Simon de Nápoles, é recrutado e chega à cidade acompanhado de um árabe e de uma jovem, Adelia Aguilar, uma das poucas médicas na Europa do século XII.A especialidade de Adelia é o estudo de cadáveres; ela é, de facto, uma mestra da arte da morte, uma capacidade que deve ser escondida pois pode levar a jovem a ser acusada de bruxaria.

A investigação de Adelia leva-a a Cambridge, aos seus castelos e conventos, e, numa cidade medieval cheia de vida, ela faz amigos e até se apaixona. Fatalmente, atrai a atenção de um assassino que está preparado para matar mais uma vez."

 


Journal Entry 2 by Virgulina on Monday, February 23, 2009

9 out of 10

A boy is found murdered on the bottom of the river, those who saw the body say he was crucified, there’s a witness who swears she saw him hanging from a cross at a prominent Jew’s house, while a wedding was taking place. It’s the Easter season and rumour has it that Jews sacrifice Christian children in their celebration rituals, so of course the village people turn against the Jews, and after murdering the couple at whose house the body was seen, they force the rest of them to take shelter at Cambridge’s castle.

A year has passed and three other children go missing, despite the fact that the Jews are still locked up in the castle, the village people still believe they’re the guilty party, some even say they have grown wings and fly out over the castle walls to abduct the children. Henry II is not at all pleased over these events, not because he has any personal friends among the Jews but because most of his taxes come from them, and now that they’re locked up, there’s no incoming taxes and he has to feed them all, on top of that. So he decides to hire someone to investigate the murders and if possible, help clear the name of the Jews.

Adelia Aguilar is a mistress of the art of death, something of a coroner in the 12th century, she’s a woman doctor, something that is common in Salerno where she comes from but is totally unheard of in Cambridge, if her true identity was found she’d probably be labelled as a witch. Not wanting to draw too much attention to themselves while investigating the crimes, Adelia and her companions, Simon Menahem and Mansur, try to pass as doctor Mansur and his assistants, as a man doctor wasn’t uncommon in those days, if though rare.

They arrive in town among a group of pilgrims that come from a visit to St. Thomas Beckett, we find out later that these people are the main suspects for the crimes, one of them is our gruesome serial killer. The only problem is to find out which one of them has a heart carved in ice!

This book grabs you from the start, the plot is extremely well weaved, the historical background if not entirely accurate is still believable and interesting and the characters are one of the best I’ve seen lately, especially Adelia with her strong character, her wry humour and clever repartees, she made me laugh out loud in certain scenes, I still remember the conversation between her and prior Geoffrey before a very “delicate” operation. The author manages to write fluidly, there was never a dull moment in the story, no matter what she was describing. And the ending was perfect, it’s a little sadistic but the “mosquito” deserved it, and Adelia got her happy ending, maybe not a conventional one but you wouldn’t expect anything else from a woman like her.

Be warned that there are a couple of very graphical scenes, so if you’re faint of heart, this is probably not the book for you. But everyone else that enjoys a good mystery, be sure to pick this one up, and it’s only the start of a series. Oh joy! ;-)

 


Journal Entry 3 by Virgulina on Monday, February 23, 2009

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Foi de empréstimo até casa da Fantasma, só espero não levar muito por causa da recomendação! ;-)

 


Journal Entry 4 by Fantasma on Monday, February 23, 2009

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Veremos, se vais sofrer uma tortura medieval!!
;o) 


Journal Entry 5 by Fantasma on Friday, March 13, 2009

7 out of 10

É díficil fazer uma review melhor que esta de cima, e na verdade está tudo dito ;)
Gostei muito da Adelia e também eu me ri com as descrições que ela dava, com as conversas tidas na época. Quanto mais "gory" melhor, pelo que nada me chocou, gosto de livros que escrevem as coisas preto no branco (neste caso no vermelho :op), sem medos, a mostrar o que acontece na realidade, seja hoje em dia ou no século XII.
Não dei por erros históricos, dado que não conheço muito bem a época, e foi a parte que menos gostei no livro, se em algumas alturas me ria com a maneira de viver das pessoas naquela altura, a verdade sabida é que nunca gostei de história e aborrece-me ler certas coisas. Não estragou de qualquer modo o prazer do livro, era algo para que já estava preparada, mas para mim um excelente thriller funciona melhor na modernidade ;)
E também me baralhei um bocado com as personagens, admito! É uma época demasiado complicada para mim :op 


Journal Entry 6 by Virgulina on Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Já está de volta a casa, há algum tempo. 


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