Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: The Hot Reads of History

This week, I'm reading Ariana Franklin's Grave Goods, a mystery novel in her Mistress of the Art of Death series. The setting of the book is Glastonbury Abbey in 1176, and the story centers around Adelia Aguilar, a sort of a medieval medical examiner who is called in by King Henry II to do a little crime solving. In this excerpt (which is, alas, a bit longer than two lines – so sue me), Adelia is reflecting on the popularity of the legends of King Arthur, spurred on by that recent big bestseller, History of the Kings of Britain, by Geoffrey of Monmouth:
His fame had even spread to the continent – Adelia could remember her foster mother in Salerno telling her about Arthur's exploits on Vesuvius. The stories appealed to women like no others; Emma adored them. "Don't you just love the bit where Uther Pendragon steps out of the darkness at Tintagel and seduces Ygraine?" she'd said. [p. 62]
So it seems that even in the twelfth century, readers appreciated a really good bodice ripper.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!

10 comments:

  1. Ooohhh great teaser. How is this book so far? Sounds like it's a good read!

    Read my teaserHere!

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  2. I've heard this series is really good. She is releasing the fourth of the series next year - I have a picture and synopsis of it at my blog if you would like to check it out =)

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  3. Nice teaser. Sounds like a good series.

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  4. Love the time period and subject!

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  5. oooo I've read the first two and am about to start this one soon! it sounds great! have you read the first two? and if so did you like them?

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  6. Hmm yes, maybe i've got Zimmer Bradley enough out of my system to try another view!

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  7. Sounds like a series I would enjoy!

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  8. Great teaser. This sounds like a good book!

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  9. Good teaser. That's a series I really want to check out.

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