The Mistress of the Art of Death is a series of historical mystery novels by British novelist Ariana Franklin (Diana Norman). In this medieval era series, Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar is a short-tempered coroner who works for King Henry II in secret.


Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British author Diana Norman (1933-2011), who writes historical fiction novels. She writes the Mistress of the Art of Death and Makepeace Hedley series. Ariana began her career working as a journalist and was the youngest reporter on Fleet Street. After marrying film critic Barry Norman, she discovered her […]