Not very Christmassy I know, but I've had this audiobook on my iPod for a month and I only just got to finishing it now. It's good, though! It's the antidote to all the treacly goings-on of the season. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story of Adelia and her cohorts, Simon and Mansur, as they travel to Cambridge from Salerno by order of King Henry II to solve the mystery of four murdered children. Being a woman in the 1170s, her medical and forensic skills are not openly recognized so she must find ways to hide her activities lest she be deemed a witch. What a feisty, intelligent character she is, a feminist before her time. She's independent and speaks her mind and I liked her immediately, along with Gyltha the cook and Prior Geoffrey. Its a mesmerizing story with enough detail and historical drama to make it an interesting and engaging read (or in my case, 'listen') I have book two, Serpent Tales, already on my TBR shelf for the new year, and, if that goes well, I hear there are one or two more books in the series for me to investigate after that. We'll see.